Learn about Mosha, the first elephant with a prosthetic leg! Hear from the veterinary team who cares for her at the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital.
Join our One Health prosthetics course to learn how to use engineering principles and design processes to solve health problems for humans and animals alike! Refine your creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving skills as you develop prosthetic technologies that are so essential to restoring normal anatomical function and quality of life.
You will start by studying the foundations of bioengineering, biomechanics, and joint loading. Then apply these principles to understand human and animal prosthetics. Learn directly from the vets, engineers, and doctors who design and build prosthetics every day in their practice – whether it’s a prosthetic leg for an elephant, a 3-D printed beak for a toucan, a wheelchair for a paraplegic dog, or the many prosthetics used by human amputees.
In building this course, we are striving to support the lives of animal patients at our partner organizations and to provide an outstanding learning opportunity for students and professionals interested in the intersections of technology and human and animal medicine.
This course is completely online at your own pace. You can start at any time.
You’ll get access to 35+ hours of video lessons from expert instructors:
Lauren Houle, PT, DPT, MPO, CPO – Dr. Houle is a physical therapist and Certified Prosthetist Orthotist working in Boston. She will be your lead instructor, walking you through the principles and applications of biomedical engineering with both human medical and veterinary applications.
We have outstanding guest lecturers from around the world with expertise in prosthetics for tons of different species!
Max Polyak, DVM – Dr Polyak is a veterinarian specializing in sea turtles working at the Loggerhead MarineLife Center in Florida, one of the busiest sea turtle hospitals in the world. He will discuss prosthetic applications in sea turtles.
Erica Ward, DVM – Dr Ward is an elephant veterinarian with significant experience in Thailand, South Africa, and Australia. She will discuss the challenges of working with elephants as well as the ethical and cultural dimensions of medical practice.
Roberto Fecchio (DVM) – Dr Fecchio is a wildlife veterinarian practicing in Brazil and has experience with prosthetics in a variety of species as well as a specialty in dentistry.
Albertus Coetzee – “Ab” is the creator of @projectwildsa through which he helps with and documents wildlife rehabilitation. He will be discussing the prosthetic leg he built for Achilles at the Little Rhino Orphanage in South Africa.
Since COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ travel and educational plans, we are heavily discounting tuition to help students meet their goals.
There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this fellowship. University credit is included.
"I'm so thankful that I did this fellowship. It was more than I thought I was getting into, but it was definitely worth all of it!"
Cassidy F., Zoo Research Fellowship Online 2020
The Ohio State University