Online Courses for Credit - From Elephant Medicine to Big Cats - Loop Abroad

Online Courses


Loop Abroad coursework…

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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 don’t want that to stop them from having the chance to learn about exciting veterinary topics from our expert veterinarians. Each course is offered for 3 university credits. Our Elephant Medicine course is approved for continuing education credit by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards!

Our online courses include:

Our online courses are different from our in-person trips, but the lecture coursework is the same. All our courses include one-on-one mentorship with veterinarians and interactive discussions. Loop Abroad’s instructors are experts in their field and 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 and will be graded at that level. Students should assess their own ability to participate in a course of that rigor. Ideally, participants will have completed at least a semester of college-level biology and have an understanding of basic scientific terms. No experience with veterinary medicine or the specific area of coursework (zoo medicine, big cats, elephants, etc) is required.

Courses are accessible for a 6-8 week session. Taking 4-5 courses (12-15 credits) in one semester would be about the same workload as being a full-time university student on campus.

Each course has 12-15 modules. Each module includes:

  • 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 (assignments) to be done at your own pace

Course assignments can include readings, research, exams, and writing assignments.

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Course Offerings

BIO 401: Elephant Management and Medicine (Online)

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

This course is approved for 45 hours of continuing education (CE) credit for veterinary technicians by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).

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 2: October 19 – December 13

  • Meetings on Mondays 8-10pm ET

For Fall sessions, 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.

Winter Session: December 6 to January 23

The winter session is self-paced with access to all modules including forum based discussions at the start of the course. Several live meetings will be scheduled, but will be recorded and attendance is optional.

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 2: October 19 to December 13

For Fall sessions, you will have access to two modules per week. Each module includes a 1-2 hour lecture, an assignment, and a forum based discussion. Forum based discussions are open each week from Tuesday at 8pm to Thursday 8am and Thursday at 8pm to Saturday at 8am.

Winter Session: December 6 to January 23

The winter session is self paced with access to all modules including forum based discussions at the start of the course.

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 2: October 19 to December 13

For Fall sessions, students will get access to the first 6 modules at the start of the course and can complete them at their own pace throughout the first half of the course. Students will get access to the last 6 modules half way through the course and can complete them at their own pace through the end of the course. 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 two to three times per week throughout the course duration.

Winter Session:  December 6 to January 23

For the winter session, students will get access to all of the modules at the start of the course and can complete them at their own pace throughout the course duration. Students will also be required to participate in online discussion boards which will be available at the start of the course with more topics being posted throughout the course duration. To receive full participation credit, students are required to make at least 16 posts in discussion boards by the end of the course.

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 2: October 19 to December 13

For fall sessions, students will get access to the first 6 modules at the start of the course and can complete them at their own pace throughout the first half of the course. Students will get access to the last 6 modules half way through the course and can complete them at their own pace through the end of the course. 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 two to three times per week throughout the course duration.

Winter Session: December 6 to January 23

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

For the winter session, students will get access to all of the modules at the start of the course and can complete them at their own pace throughout the course duration. Students will also be required to participate in online discussion boards which will be available at the start of the course with more topics being posted throughout the course duration. To receive full participation credit, students are required to make at least 16 posts in discussion boards by the end of the course.

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 2: October 19 to 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 2: October 19 to 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, we are heavily discounting tuition to help pre-veterinary students meet their goals.

Courses are discounted up to 58% off!

CoursesFull TuitionDiscounted Tuition for Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-2021
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

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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Course Structure and Transcript Details

Fall Session 2020

Several of our fall courses have scheduled discussions and/or live meetings at certain times each week and require participation for credit. Please note meeting times for each course above.

Credit will be offered by the Iowa Wesleyan University in Iowa, USA. Students receive official grades for the course from Iowa Wesleyan. While credit enrollment is included with tuition, you will need to request a mailed official transcript for about $10 starting starting 60 days after the course is complete. If you require a transcript faster than this, please contact [email protected] (Additional future transcripts would be ordered from the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript service for a nominal fee.)

Winter Session 2020-2021

Students may start and finish at any point within the session as long as they are active for a minimum of three weeks. Three weeks is the fastest a hard-working student should expect to complete the work involved in a course. You are welcome to go at your own pace and use the entire 6-week session.

Credit will be offered by the University of Findlay in Ohio, USA. Students receive official grades for the course from University of Findlay.

Scholarships

 

There are lots of ways to help fund your online and travel programs with Loop Abroad, and we are here to help.

Scholarships are a terrific way to cover some or all of your tuition for a Loop Abroad program.

Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship

Loop Abroad is offering one FULL TUITION scholarship to cover one online program of your choice starting December 2020 or later. Applications for this scholarship are due November 18, 2020.

Who can apply: This scholarship is open to all students age 18 and over. You do not have to be a US Citizen. You do not have to be currently in school. You do not need to be enrolled in an online course to apply. You can apply for the scholarship first and make your online course selection after you receive a decision about the scholarship. (Note: if you make any payments toward tuition and later receive the scholarship, your payments will be refunded up to the value of one online program of your choice, not including an online semester.) 

Criteria for selecting the scholarship recipient: 

We will consider financial need, commitment to conservation and/or animal science, academic performance, and ability to be a positive team member as factors in our decision. We are not looking for the applicant with the highest grades or the most animal hours. We are not looking for the applicant with the saddest story. We are looking for a student who embodies Loop Abroad’s values of teamwork, commitment to a cause, and hard work, and for a student who would not be able to otherwise afford Loop Abroad tuition (whether because of household income or recent change in circumstances).

How to apply:
In order to apply, you must complete the following three steps:

  1. Submit the application to the Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship here. The application requires a copy of your proof of household income (such as last year’s tax return).
  2. Follow @LoopAbroad on instagram (instagram.com/loopabroad) and make an instagram post about the program you’re hoping to join, tagging @loopabroad and #loopabroad in the post.

Announcement of Award: The scholarship winner will be notified by November 25th.

girl elephant dogWhy is it called the Erica Ward Scholarship? Dr. Erica Ward is our Academic Director. We believe that she embodies the values we are seeking in our scholarship applicants: she is passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and driven to make the world a better place. Dr. Ward consistently strives to find ways that Loop Abroad can support projects in need and help its students and alumni have fulfilling academic opportunities. We have decided to name this scholarship after her in order to honor her continued commitment to her values and purpose. (PS – She isn’t dead. Please don’t write your essay about honoring her legacy. She is very much alive and still working here. If you are a finalist for the scholarship, she will read your essay.)

Details:
The scholarship will be credited toward tuition for the winning student toward the Loop Abroad online program of their choice. If the chosen winner has already made payments toward his or her Loop Abroad tuition, those payments will be refunded in full.

Scholarship is non-transferable. If student cannot attend, scholarship will be void – it is not a cash prize and cannot be paid as such. Applicants must be over the age of 18. Citizens and residents of any country may apply.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship:

Created in 2001, The Gilman Scholarship was designed to help students of limited financial means have the opportunity to study abroad – online or in-person. Nearly a third of applicants are awarded the scholarship! This is a great opportunity to help cover your tuition.

This scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application. Students can receive up to $5,000 for 3+ weeks of travel or virtual programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs, to our semester programs, or to one of our 2-week programs with an added bonus week.

Along with their application, students must submit two essays, the Statement of Purpose Essay, and the Community Impact Essay. Students must also upload their transcripts (unofficial or official). For more information on the application guidelines, please click here.

Applications close October 6, 2020. Apply here.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship:

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.

This scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are child dependents of active duty service members and receiving any type of Title IV federal financial aid. Students can receive awards of up to $5,000 for 2+ weeks of international travel or online programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs,  semester programs or 2-week travel programs.

Application deadline is October 6, 2020. Apply here.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship:

The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. This scholarship is open to both US citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduate students at a two-year or four-year college or university.

Recipients can receive up to $3,000 in awards for summer programs. This scholarship can be applied to our Thailand programs of 2+ weeks.

In order to apply, students must fill out an online application. Read the scholarship instructions here and the eligibility requirements here.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are closed. 

The Fund for Education Abroad:

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives.

This scholarship is open to US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the US. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000 and can be applied for programs that run for at least 28 days.

Along with their application, students must submit a financial aid form (filled out by the financial aid office at their school), one recommendation letter, and a copy of their unofficial transcript.

Applications for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 will open November 16, 2020 and be due by January 20, 2021. Students may review the scholarship and apply here.

Scholarships of note that you can apply for through the Fund for Education Abroad include:

InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest:

The InternationalStudent.com 2020 Travel Video Contest gives students the opportunity to win a scholarship by sending in an original video discussing:

  • How COVID-19 has impacted your international education or cultural exchange experience abroad
  • Your ideal international education or cultural exchange after Covid-19

There are several prizes available ranging from $250 to $4,000.

In order to apply, students must create a 4-minute video and submit an online entry form. Tips and tricks for filming a video entry can be found here. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Submissions are due by October 13, 2020. Apply here.

The Associate Home Loan Scholarship:

The Associate Home Loans Scholarship was created with today’s future leaders in mind. As college prices are constantly increasing this scholarship was created with the hope that it can help make a small difference in one college student’s life each year.

This scholarship is open to high school seniors who have been accepted into a college or university, and current college and university students who attend at least part-time.

Students can apply for the scholarship by submitting a 500-word essay to the question, “What is your dream career?” The student with the winning essay will be awarded $1,000.

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"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