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Vertebrate Zoology (BEN104)



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Learn about Vertebrate Animals

Vertebrates include all animals with backbones from fish to birds, and reptiles to pigs. Most people who like animals tend to admire most animals and if you wish to keep animals, or work with animals, then you need a broad understanding of different animal groups.

This course provides students with a thorough insight into the animal kingdom. Learn about what differentiates different classes of animal through their physiology, movement, and reproductive processes. Discover how closely related humans are to other species and feel confident in identifying and working with different groups of animals. 


What the Course Covers

Ten lessons as listed below:

  1. Vertebrate Taxonomy and Diversity Taxonomic classifications

  2. Fishes: Fish Diversity - Covering major groups

  3. Ectotherms –Amphibians and Reptiles

  4. Birds

  5. Mammals (Mammalia)

  6. Marsupials

  7. Grandorders Glires and Insectivora

  8. Carnivores

  9. Hoofed Mammals (Ungulata).

  10. Primates and other Archonta.



Study when, where and however much you want. For most students, the course can be completed with a total of around 100 hours of study; and a commitment close to that may be needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.

Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site may be relevant supplementary reading for this course:

  • Working with Animals
  • Animal Psychology
  • Marine Animals



Self Assessment Tests are presented throughout the course. These are essentially an automated quiz. When you undertake a "SAT" or "Self Assessment Test", you will be able to see what you got correct, and what was incorrect; and in that way, you can identify your weaknesses.

Assignments are given at the end of each lesson. You should complete this assignment, paying careful attention to follow what is asked of you. It can be just as important to learn to work to specification, as it is to learn about the topic you are studying. Graduates who develop a habit of working to specification with vegetable growing, will impress others, and will be more efficient when self employed.

A Final Exam is offered upon satisfactory completion of all assignments. This is optional. If you choose to apply for and do this exam, you will have the possibility of obtaining a "formal credit" or "Pass Certification" for this course. A fee applies. The exam may be sat under prearranged conditions anywhere in the world. This college will award you a formal transcript, upon successful completion of the exam, as proof of your results.

Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network; a group of colleges from several countries, affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.. Courses are developed with input from all of these colleges, aspiring to reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict "No Plagiarism" and "No fraud" policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and assignments will not be deemed to have been completed, if work is not your own original creation, and is found to have been copied from elsewhere. If the person doing the course is discovered to be different to the name enrolled, the enrolment and any results will be recorded as invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.

Refund Policy

A full refund less expenses (up to 15% of fees applied) is provided to anyone wishing to withdraw from a course, within 2 weeks of enrolment. This does not apply after the first assignment has been submitted and marked; or after the two weeks has expired.


We believe that we have an ethical responsibility to make good use of the fees you pay and the time you invest into an education through our college. To this end, our first priority is always your learning. This comes before issues such as formal accreditations, speculative marketing and bureaucratic processes which all too often add considerable costs to the running of colleges, and take resources away from the provision of more valuable services to the student.

This college focuses on facilitating your learning and support to optimise that learning. We recognise that learning is all about improving knowledge and skills in your long term memory. While some colleges may focus on getting you to pass exams, by committing knowledge to short term memory; we understand that such an approach is not true education, and does little to improve your long term career or business prospects.


How This Course Could Help You

This course is suited to people who wish to work in the animal industry whether as a veterinary assistant, in a wildlife park, sanctuary, or even on a farm. It is also applicable to pet owners and people with a keen interest in animals who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding.   


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Vertebrate Zoology (BEN104) Vertebrate Zoology (BEN104)
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