Veterinary Science: The Care of Animals

Course Description:

As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well being. Taking a look at the pets that live on our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, this course will examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases impact not only the animals around us, but at times, we humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues is studied and applied.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Veterinary Science: The Care of Animals
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Zoology
Course Provider : Michigan Virtual
Content Provided By : Florida Virtual School
Online Instructor Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Standards Addressed : CCSS
Ailgnment Document : http://media.mivu.org/mivhs/alignchart/other/VeterinaryScience.pdf
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Life and Physical Sciences
Course Identifier : Zoology
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://slp.michiganvirtual.org/
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

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Additional Course Information:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the history of veterinary science and the requirements to become a veterinarian.
  • Examine major systems of small and large animals and what effects diseases have on small and large animals.
  • Discuss infectious diseases, their symptoms, and treatments among small and large animals.
  • Summarize the major threats to the health of large animals and why the health of horses, cattle, and swine are important for public health.
  • Investigate exotic animals’ living environment, diseases, and challenges veterinarians face when working with exotic animals.
  • Evaluate a variety of poisons and toxins and their effects on animals.
  • Investigate parasites, their transfer to other animals, and symptoms of infection.
  • Identify and discuss various zoonotic diseases.
  • Evaluate various holistic veterinary treatments for animals.

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Partially Met We noticed several objectives were not written in measurable terms.
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Not Met While there is no content standard set specific to this course, there was no reference to any state or national standards relevant to any science discipline.
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Not Met The content does not appear to be rigorous or have a lot of depth.
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Not Met No evidence of information literacy and communication skills incorportated.
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Partially Met Via standard practices of instructor welcome letters, Start Here / Getting Started guidance, and Online Learning Orientation Tools located on the MVU website and LMS.
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met Syllabus and pacing guide provided.
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met Provided in the Blackboard learning management system (LMS).
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met Provided in the Blackboard learning management system (LMS).
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met Provided in the Blackboard learning management system (LMS).
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met Provided in the Blackboard learning management system (LMS).
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met Provided in the Blackboard learning management system (LMS).
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Partially Met Text with audio is provided. No evidence of video presentations found.
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Partially Met Text is the main instructional format and little evidence of engaging activities. Some assignments are teacher graded.
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Partially Met Text with audio for multiple learning paths. No evidence of hands-on activities to engage students and no alternative assignments.
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Not Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Not Met No accomodations, suggestions, or opportunities to check student understanding at the end of each lesson.
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met Michigan Virtual School (MVS) instructor guidelines ensure such interaction through welcome letters, instructor introductions, and regular progress reporting.
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Partially Met Discussion board posts allow for students to have one-on-one communication. Teachers may need to allow for students to redo assignments if mastery of learning objectives is sought. Multiple attempts are not setup as a part of the course design at this time.
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Not Met No additional resources provided.
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Partially Met Student evaluation strategies are not all consistent with the stated course goals and objectives. Students are often asked to copy answers from the text.
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Partially Met Assessment strategies are limited to tests, quizzes and discussion boards.
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met Pre-assessments, quizzes, tests and discussions are provided in each lesson.
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met Progress checks, gradebook, instructor feedback, and the "what-if" calculator.
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Partially Met Limited to quizzes, tests and discussion boards. Almost all assessments are based on recall.
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Partially Met Rubrics are not explicit but a generic one is provided for all assignments. No work samples are provided.
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met Provided in the MVS Blackboard LMS.
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Partially Met Instructors cannot alter Florida Virtual School or eDynamic Learning, Inc. content, but MVS instructors are permitted to add supplemental materials as needed via the Blackboard LMS.
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Partially Met Audio recordings or podcasts only; no video content. The program reads text out aloud, but video links to outside sources do not provide closed captioning.
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met Communicated in the syllabus, the MVU website, and the Blackboard LMS.
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met Communicated in the syllabus, the MVU website, and the Blackboard LMS.
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Partially Met Software tools were not always used as needed
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met Communicated in the syllabus, the MVU website, and the Blackboard LMS.
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met Students have the ability to rate the lesson as completed, student evaluation at end of course.
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Partially Met MVU also uses the Knowledge Base course issues tracker, permitting instructors to make suggestions to improve the course.
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Partially Met While the content provider did not provide a release date for the current version of the course, the provider states that updates to its courses occur at least annually.
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met All MVS instructors are certified in the state of Michigan and highly qualified.
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met MVS instructors complete an onboarding course prior to teaching, annual professional development and conference attendance, participate in monthly department meetings, and are provided online resources for various instructional media.
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met MVS instructors have access to a knowledge base with tutorials to assist them. Students also have a customer care center that offers technical support and course management assistance.
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met Students are offered an orientation, i.e., the Online Learning Orientation Tool (OLOT), for taking an online course before starting the coursework in the learning management system.

Review Conducted By : Michigan Virtual
Date of Review : 05/25/2016

  Unit 1: Introduction to Veterinary Science

  Unit 2: Small Animal Medicine

  Unit 3: Large Animal Medicine

  Unit 4: Exotic Animal Medicine

  Unit 5: Poisoning and Toxicology

  Unit 6: Veterinary Parasitology

  Unit 7: Zoonotic Diseases

  Unit 8: Holistic Veterinary Science and Medicine

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Trimester 04/01/2020 01/04/2021 06/01/2020 10/23/2020 04/02/2021 100 $325.0000 0.0000
Semester 04/01/2020 03/29/2021 06/01/2020 11/27/2020 06/18/2021 300 $325.0000 0.0000
Trimester 04/01/2020 04/12/2021 06/01/2020 01/08/2021 06/18/2021 100 $325.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
The last day to drop to receive a full refund is either 25 consecutive days after the enrollment's Start Date or the defined refund date, which ever date comes soonest. Students who are enrolled with a Start Date that is in the past, will have a minimum of 5 consecutive calendar days to drop and receive a refund. Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Trimester 04/01/2020 01/04/2021
The last day to drop to receive a full refund is either 25 consecutive days after the enrollment's Start Date or the defined refund date, which ever date comes soonest. Students who are enrolled with a Start Date that is in the past, will have a minimum of 5 consecutive calendar days to drop and receive a refund. Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Semester 04/01/2020 03/29/2021
The last day to drop to receive a full refund is either 25 consecutive days after the enrollment's Start Date or the defined refund date, which ever date comes soonest. Students who are enrolled with a Start Date that is in the past, will have a minimum of 5 consecutive calendar days to drop and receive a refund. Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Trimester 04/01/2020 04/12/2021

Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.

School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
15-16 97 88 90.7% None
16-17 151 140 92.7% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2016-17 school year.
17-18 249 228 91.6% Enrollment data includes all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2017-18 school year.
18-19 294 267 90.8%
19-20 321 289 90.0%