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Vertebrate Zoology Online Course

2 sessions available ranging from $499.00 to $650.00

Subject: Veterinary Science

Ages: All ages

Skill level: All difficulty levels

Our Online Courses Australia Vertebrate Zoology course is perfect for individuals that are already working with animals. It will cover a broad range of species and you will learn how animals with backbones are classified and the different characteristics of the various groups from birds and mammals to fishes and reptiles. You will also learn principles on animal ecology and morphology.

Career Prospects
Zoo Keeper.
Employment at a wildlife park or aquarium.
Animal caretaker of fish, sharks, mammals, marsupials, ungulates, birds or primates.
Animal Technician or Animal Researcher.
Veterinary Assistant, Nurse or Professional.
Farming or pet industry work.
Employment at bird sanctuaries, aviaries or aviculture centres and companies.
Employment at an animal theme park, aquarium, reptile...

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Our Online Courses Australia Vertebrate Zoology course is perfect for individuals that are already working with animals. It will cover a broad range of species and you will learn how animals with backbones are classified and the different characteristics of the various groups from birds and mammals to fishes and reptiles. You will also learn principles on animal ecology and morphology.

Career Prospects
Zoo Keeper.
Employment at a wildlife park or aquarium.
Animal caretaker of fish, sharks, mammals, marsupials, ungulates, birds or primates.
Animal Technician or Animal Researcher.
Veterinary Assistant, Nurse or Professional.
Farming or pet industry work.
Employment at bird sanctuaries, aviaries or aviculture centres and companies.
Employment at an animal theme park, aquarium, reptile centreor zoo.

Course Delivery
This course is delivered 100% online. Upon enrolment students are issued with a login and password, providing access to OCA's e-learning centre.

Recognition and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an OCA Certificate of Achievement in Vertebrate Zoology. There are no pre-requisites to this course.

Unit of Study:

This course has 10 units of study

1. Vertebrate Taxonomy and Diversity Taxonomic Classifications (Kingdom, Phylum, Division, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
Morphology and evolution.
Environmental and genetic influences.
Speciation.
Diversification.
Convergence.
Diet.
Habits.
Distribution.
Terminology.

2. Fish Diversity (Major Groups)
Class Agnatha (jawless fishes).
Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes).
Class Osteichthyes (bony fishes).

3. Ectotherms - Amphibians and Reptiles
Definitions - endothermy, ectotermic, tetrapods.
Class Amphibia.
Order Anura (Salientia) - frogs, toads, salamanders and newts.
Order Apoda (Gymnophiona) - Caecilians.
Class Reptilia - turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles and the extinct Dinosauria.
Order Rhynchocephalia - tuatara.
Order Chelonia (Testudines) - turtles, tortoises.
Order Crocodilia - Crocodilians.
Order Squamata - lizards and snakes.

4. Birds - Physiology (Structure) and Anatomy, Feathers, Colour, Legs, Skeletal structure, Muscles, Senses, Behaviour (Flight, Diving), Egg formation, Hatching
Bird taxonomy.
Ratitae (flightless birds).
Carinatea (flying birds).
Water birds (e.g. Grebes, divers, ducks, geese and swans, storks, flamingoes and herons, pelicans, gannets and cormorants).
Owls, eagles, falcons and hawks.
Chickens, turkeys, game birds and mount birds.
Rails, coots and cranes.
Pigeons and sand grouse.
Gulls, auks and plovers.
Parrots, parakeets, hummingbirds, swifts, woodpeckers, toucans, wingfishers, bee-eaters, hornbills, trogonos, quetzalsand plumed birds.
Perching birds such as sparrows, starlings and swallows (Passeriformes).
Diving birds, loons, cuckoos, coucals, nighthawks, whippoorwills and mousebirds.

5. Mammals (Mammalia)
Overview - taxonomy
Sub class Prototheria (egg laying animals) - echidna and platypus.
Sub class Metatheria (Marsupials) - koala, kangaroo and opossum.
Sub class Eutheria (Placental mammals) - whales, elephants, shrews, armadillos, dogs, cats, sheep, cattle and horses. Humans are also placental mammals.

6. Marsupials - Subclass Theria
Kangaroos.
Koalas.
Wombats.
Bandicoots.
Opossums.
Phalangers.
Marsupials physiology, locomotion and reproduction.

7. Grandorders Glires and Insectivora
Rodents.
Rabbits.
Pikas.
Hedgehogs.
Moles.
Shrews and tenrecs.
Taxonomy, structure and adaptations.

8. Carnivores
Dogs.
Wolves.
Bears.
Racoons.
Cats.
Weasels.
Hyenas.
Seals, sea lions and walruses.
Taxonomy, physiology and adaptations.

9. Hoofed Mammals (Ungulata: Includes Seven Orders)
Order Artiodactyla - hippopotami, deer, giraffe, sheep, cattle, antelope and camelids.
Order Cetacea - dolphins, porpoises and whales.
Order Perissodactyla - horses, rhinoceroses and tapirs.
Order Tubulidentata - ardvarks.
Order Hyracoidea - hyraxes (or conies).
Order Proboscidea - elephants.
Order Sirenia - manatees and dugongs.

10. Primates and Other Archonta (This Grandorder is Sub Divided into Four Sub Orders)
Scandentia - tree shrews.
Dermoptera - flying lemurs, colugos.
Chiroptera - bats.
Primates (or order Primates and sub order Strepsirhini) - humans, monkeys, apes and lemurs.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

How long does the course take?
This short course should take approximately 100 hours.
Each unit should take approximately 10-12 hours. Maximum six months access to this online course.

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Choose from 2 available sessions:

When

This is a self paced course. The course coordinator will contact you shortly after your enrollment to help you get started.

Where

  • Online

Price: $650.00

Notes: Payment Plan Cost $50 Deposit $50/Week for 12 Weeks Total Payment Plan... see more

Notes:

Payment Plan Cost
$50 Deposit
$50/Week for 12 Weeks
Total Payment Plan Cost $650

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When

This is a self paced course. The course coordinator will contact you shortly after your enrollment to help you get started.

Where

  • Online

Price: $499.00

Notes:

Save at least 15% if paid in full.




Reviews

hellotoself
No response within 4 days so course was cancelled.
  • 1/5 stars

I enrolled in this course but OCA did not reply to me within 4 days, so the course was cancelled. It would have...
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