Online Courses - Loop Abroad

Online Courses

Loop Abroad coursework… from anywhere on Earth

Loop Abroad is proud to offer online versions of some of our most popular courses. Many students may be unable to travel right now, but we didn’t want that to stop them from having the chance to learn this summer.

Our online courses are different from our in-person trips, but the lecture coursework is the same. All of the online veterinary courses include one-on-one mentorship with veterinarians and interactive discussions. Loop Abroad’s online instructors have an enormous amount of collective experience working with domestic animals and wildlife, traveling, and teaching. Courses are open to any participant who enrolls, from anywhere in the world. All courses are taught in English.

These are 300-level and 400-level US university courses. Students should assess their own ability to participate in a course of that rigor. Courses will be graded similar to an in-person 300-level university course. Ideally, participants will have completed at least a semester of college-level biology and have an understanding of basic scientific terms for any of our online veterinary courses. No experience with veterinary medicine or the specific area of coursework (zoo medicine, big cats, elephants, etc) is required.

Each course offers 3 credits from Iowa Wesleyan University in the United States. This credit is included in the tuition. Enrolled students will receive an official grade for the course from Iowa Wesleyan University. You may order official transcripts for under $10 starting 60 days after the course is complete. If you require a transcript faster than this, please contact [email protected] to see if arrangements can be made for your situation. (Additional future transcripts would be ordered from the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript service for a nominal fee.)

You must have internet fast enough for video call (minimum 1Mbps) and a computer with microphone and sound to participate in the course. Courses are comprised of 12-15 modules with 1-2 modules per week over an 8 week period. Each module will have:

  • a self-guided or live online discussion for 1-2 hours (at a set time)
  • a pre-recorded online lecture portion for 1-2 hours (can be watched any time)
  • approximately 1-2 hours of additional work (assignment) to be done at your own pace throughout the week.

Students must attend and participate in the live online meetings to get full credit for participation and attendance. For courses with live meetings, students must attend at least 70% of the live online meetings; failure to do so may result in a failing grade. Course assignments can include readings, research, exams, and writing assignments.

Taking 4-5 courses (12-15 courses) is about the same workload as being a full time university student on campus.

Each veterinary course is taught by a Loop Abroad veterinarian who is an expert in their course field.

Course Offerings

BIO 401: Elephant Management and Medicine (Online)

Taught by Dr. Erica Ward, Elephant Veterinarian based at Loop Abroad Thailand

Elephants are the world’s largest extant land animals and are characterized not only by their magnificent size, but also by their extraordinary intelligence, complex social behavior and unique anatomy. This course provides an overview of the variation in elephant management systems and practices and the medical management challenges elephants present in the clinical setting. Throughout this online course, students will be  guided through 15 modules, each focusing on a different aspect of their unique history, biology, and care. Students will study elephant anatomy, behavior, training, welfare, common and important diseases and medical conditions, as well as conservation concerns of their species. Parts of this course will be pre-recorded, but also include interactive one-on-one mentorship and live discussions in a group with an elephant veterinarian, an elephant trainer, a conservationists and an elephant sanctuary owner.

  • Fall Session 1: August 24 – October 18
    • Several meetings on Mondays 8-10pm ET
  • Fall Session 2: October 19 – December 13
    • Several meetings on Mondays 8-10pm ET

You will have access to two modules per week. Each module includes a 1-2 hour lecture, an assignment, and a discussion. Discussion may be live calls or discussion boards and require students to respond to articles or documentaries.

BIO 400: Companion Animal Management (Online)

Taught by Dr Kristina Perez, Small Animal Veterinarian based at Loop Abroad Thailand

Explore the anatomy, physiology, and health management of companion animals through a clinical veterinary lens. Over 15 modules, students will study important veterinary techniques and skills, such as physical examination and diagnostic sampling, as well as medical and surgical topics including anesthetic management, principles of spay and neuter, and common diseases of dogs and cats. We will also discuss small animal wellness care and nutrition, and basic veterinary care of exotic pets. In addition, this course will examine the process of veterinary school admission, and career pathways within veterinary medicine. Parts of this course will be pre-recorded, but also include interactive one-on-one mentorship and live discussions in a group with veterinarians.

  • Fall Session 1: August 24 – October 18
  • Fall Session 2: October 19 – December 13

You will have access to two modules per week. Each module includes a 1-2 hour lecture, an assignment, and a discussion. Discussion may be live calls or discussion boards and require students to respond to articles or documentaries.

BIO 304: South Africa Zoo Husbandry and Management (Online)

Taught by Dr Pete DiGeronimo, Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarian based at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital

South Africa is known for its incredible biodiversity including a wide variety of wildlife. This self-guided online course provides students the foundation knowledge base of fundamental principles of zoological husbandry and management focusing on South African wildlife. The course is composed of self-guided modules allowing students to have the flexibility of going at their own pace. While the modules are pre-recorded, they include interactive discussions in a group and one-on-one mentorship with veterinarians. The modules are integrative, building off one another and teach real life skills such as how to read radiographs and how to devise enrichment. The modules cover a variety of topics including taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, enclosure design, welfare and enrichment, capture and restraint, diagnostics, preventative medicine, pathology, and conservation.

  • Fall Session 1: August 24 – October 18
  • Fall Session 2: October 19 – December 13

Course is at your own pace. Office Hours: Upon Request.

While the lectures and assignments are self-paced, you are required to participate in online discussion boards. You should expect to log in and post around three times per week throughout the course duration.

BIO 307: Anatomy, Behavior, and Conservation of African Big Cats (Online)

Taught by Dr Pete DiGeronimo, Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarian based at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital

Africa is home to three of the seven species of “Big Cats”: the lion, leopard and cheetah. These apex predators have unique characteristics and needs. This self-guided online course covers a wide range of topics relating to the anatomy, physiology, husbandry, conservation and medical management of African Big Cats. The course is composed of a series of self-guided lectures that allow students to have the flexibility of going at their own pace. While the modules are pre-recorded, they include interactive discussions in a group and one-on-one mentorship with veterinarians. The modules are integrative, building off one another and teach real life skills such as how to recognize parasites and how to identify white blood cells.

  • Fall Session 1: August 24 – October 18
  • Fall Session 2: October 19 – December 13

Course is at your own pace. Office Hours: Upon Request.

While the lectures and assignments are self-paced, you are required to participate in online discussion boards. You should expect to log in and post around three times per week throughout the course duration

BIO 308: Marine Animal Anatomy, Behavior, and Conservation (Online)

Taught by Dr. Max Polyak, Veterinarian at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida

Did you know 30% of living vertebrate species are marine? This course is about all marine life: corals, invertebrates, bony fishes, sharks and rays, sea turtles, marine birds, and marine mammals. Learn about the role of each of these species in the ocean ecosystem and the critical issues of marine conservation. Finally, discuss the common diseases and unique challenges of marine veterinary work as it is practiced in sea turtle and marine mammal rescues as well as aquariums around the world. Dr. Max is a specialist in sea turtles so expect to learn a lot about sea turtle medicine and rehabilitation!

  • Fall Session 1: August 24 – October 18
    • Live Meetings on Wednesdays at 7pm
  • Fall Session 2: October 19 – December 13
    • Live Meetings on Wednesdays at 7pm

You will have access to two modules per week. Each module includes a 1-2 hour lecture, an assignment, and a discussion. Discussion may be live calls or discussion boards and require students to respond to articles or documentaries.

BIO 311: Sea Turtle Health and Rehabilitation (Online)

Taught by Dr. Max Polyak, Veterinarian at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida

This course will introduce students to the biology, health, and clinical care of sea turtles in a rehabilitation setting.  Basic concepts in sea turtle life history and conservation will be introduced. Sea turtle husbandry in a rehabilitative setting and basic veterinary techniques will be discussed. An organ system approach to normal and abnormal will be covered as well as current topics in clinical therapies. Selected common diseases will be introduced. Finally, sea turtle population ecology and selected special topics in sea turtle medicine will be covered.

  • Fall Session 1: August 24 – October 18
    • Live Meetings Mondays at 7pm
  • Fall Session 2: October 19 – December 13
    • Live Meetings Mondays at 7pm

You will have access to two modules per week. Each module includes a 1-2 hour lecture, an assignment, and a discussion. Discussion may be live calls or discussion boards and require students to respond to articles or documentaries.

Course Pricing

**Since COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ travel and educational plans for Summer and Fall 2020, we are heavily discounting tuition to help pre-veterinary students meet their goals.

We are also offering an Early Enrollment Discount for Fall 2020 students who enroll by August 15.

CoursesFull TuitionFall 2020 Early Bird Rate
Six 3-credit courses$12000$6995
Five 3-credit courses$10000$5895
Four 3-credit courses$8000$4795
Three 3-credit courses$6000$3695
Two 3-credit courses$4000$2595
One 3-credit course$2000$1495

For five 3-credit courses, the Summer 2020 tuition is only $199 per credit hour – well below the national average of $488 per credit hour!

We do not charge a technology fee – this fee is the full amount for the course. There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase.

Course Dates and Deadlines

SessionDatesEnrollment Deadline

Fall Session 1

August 24 – October 18August 22

Fall Session 2

October 19 – December 13October 17

Enrollment is rolling, and courses will close earlier if they are full. If a course date is still listed here, the course is still available. Each session is a full course – you do not need to be available for both sessions; you can choose either session that’s best for you.

Each course session has a maximum of 30 student participants to ensure quality discussion and interaction with the instructor.

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"This was a great learning experience! We were able to spend a lot of time with the vets and they were constantly answering questions and sharing their knowledge. Strongly recommend this trip!"

Andrea G., Thailand College Veterinary Service 2016

Wright State University, Dayton, OH