The Dog

The Dog Class (VME-3001) is a 3 credit online undergraduate course designed for students planning careers in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Technical Programs.

Registration for SUMMER is Now OPEN!

For the Summer semester, class will run from May 13TH to August 9TH.

*Note that I would be willing to shift back the start date of this class for you, if your Spring semester classes at your home Institution end after this class begins.

Online Course

The Dog

Students that take the class will be introduced to a number of topics, including evolution, domestication, anatomy, role in society, physiology, and health of the dog.

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The Dog Overview

While the Dog Class is offered through the University of Florida (UF), many students that take this class attend other Colleges and Universities. 

Many Colleges and Universities have slightly different schedules.  In order to accommodate these different schedules, the class has been designed to be run in an asynchronous  manner (i.e. students  have weekly assignments, but do not need to log into the class at any specific time during the day. )

For questions about this class, contact the Course Director: Dr. Patrick Larkin, Ph.D.

Check out other Courses offered by Dr. Larkin: The Cat Class & The Horse Course

Course Information


Students that successfully complete the class will learn about a number of different topics that will be covered in more detail in Veterinary School and Veterinary Technical Programs. These include the musculoskeletal system, endocrinology, reproduction, neuroscience, evolution, medical case studies, shelter medicine, reproduction, and various canine diseases. Emphasis also will be placed on the various roles of dogs in society as well as social problems.

Course Syllabus

  • The Dog_syllabus | Summer 2024
  • The Dog Class will also be offered in the Fall semester of 2024 (runs August 22nd -December 4TH) and registration for the Fall term will begin in June.


This is a 3 credit class. 

For students from the state of Florida (that can claim Florida residency), the tuition rate is $511.74 ($170.58 per credit hour). 

For students outside the state of Florida, the tuition rate is $1,129.20 ($376.40 per credit hour).

The above prices include all UF fees as well as all of the fees to use the HonorLock Service for the three tests. All reading material will be provided within the class and no additional textbooks are required.


Students need to have taken 4 science and/or math** courses before you enroll in this course.  Students typically meet these pre-requisites at the end of your freshman year.  Of these 4 courses, two of them need to be in the biology field (examples of some biology classes include, but are not limited to the following: a biology for majors class, zoology,  anatomy, physiology, etc.).  The other two courses can also be in the biology field, or they can also be in other fields such as chemistry, physics,  or math.

**Note that you do not need to take a class in each of these fields, just four classes total.

Contact the course instructor, Dr. Patrick Larkin, Ph.D. if you have questions about whether you meet the Prerequisites for the class.