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  • Learn from prosthetics specialists around the world, including surgeons who design new beaks for toucans and veterinarians who design elephant leg prosthetics

  • Study cutting-edge projects at the intersection of technology and medicine

  • Explore One Health through the lens of engineering

  • Earn a certificate from Loop Abroad in Prosthetic Design: Biomedical Engineering Applications in Veterinary and Human Medicine


Join our One Health prosthetics course to learn how to use engineering principles and design processes to solve health problems for humans and animals alike! Refine your creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving skills as you develop prosthetic technologies that are so essential to restoring normal anatomical function and quality of life. 

You will start by studying the foundations of bioengineering, biomechanics, and joint loading. Then apply these principles to understand human and animal prosthetics. Learn directly from the vets, engineers, and doctors who design and build prosthetics every day in their practice – whether it’s a prosthetic leg for an elephant, a 3-D printed beak for a toucan, a wheelchair for a paraplegic dog, or the many prosthetics used by human amputees.

In building this course, we are striving to support the lives of animal patients at our partner organizations and to provide an outstanding learning opportunity for students and professionals interested in the intersections of technology and human and animal medicine.

Course Format

This course is completely online at your own pace. You can start at any time.

You’ll get access to 25+ hours of video lessons from expert instructors:

  • 20 hours of video lessons about prosthetic design principles taught by Dr. Lauren Houle (PT, DPT, MPO, CPO)
  • 5 hours of guest lectures from veterinarians discussing prosthetics they have developed for sea turtles, toucans, elephants, and a rhino

Meet your Instructor

Physical Therapist and Certified Prosthetist Orthotist

Lauren Houle, PT, DPT, MPO, CPO

Dr. Houle is a Physical Therapist and Certified Prosthetist Orthotist working in Boston. She will be your lead instructor, walking you through the principles and applications of biomedical engineering with both human medical and veterinary applications.

Prosthetic Design:

Biomedical Engineering In Veterinary & Human Medicine

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    • Sign the Online Course Agreement to continue

    • Muscles, Nerves, and Integument

    • Joints & Motion

    • Joints & Motion Review and Self - Check

    • Canine Anatomy & Physiology

    • Canine Anatomy & Physiology Quiz

    • Elephant Anatomy

    • Elephant Anatomy and Physiology Quiz

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    • Biomechanics Basics & Terminology

    • Biomechanics Quiz

    • Gait

    • Muscle Activity During Gait

    • Gait Cycle Review

    • Canine Gait Analysis

    • Canine Gait Analysis Quiz

    • Materials Science, Part 1

    • Materials Science, Part 2

  3. 4
    • Amputation and Limb Salvage

    • Amputation, Limb Salvage, and Prosthetics Quiz

    • Prosthetic Evaluation and Casting

    • Prosthetic Evaluation & Casting Quiz

    • Prosthetic and Orthotic Fabrication

    • Human Upper Extremity Prosthetic Management

    • Transtibial Design Considerations

    • Transfemoral Design Considerations

    • Prosthetic Componentry

    • Prosthetic Componentry Quiz

    • New Horizons in Prosthetics

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    • Orthoses & Assistive Devices

    • Orthotic & Prosthetic Maintenance

    • Veterinary Orthoses and Assistive Technology

    • Pathological Gait Analysis

    • Prosthetic Gait Analysis

    • Prosthetic Gait Analysis Quiz

    • Role of Rehabilitation

    • Biomimicry

    • Culture and Disability

  5. 6
    • Oral Prostheses & Advances in Animal Prostheses

    • Sea Turtle Prosthetics

    • Sea Turtle Prosthetic Management Quiz

    • Achilles the Rhino and his Prosthetic Leg

Guest Lectures

We have outstanding guest lecturers from around the world with expertise in prosthetics for tons of different species!

Max Polyak, DVM – Dr. Polyak is a veterinarian specializing in sea turtles working at the Loggerhead MarineLife Center in Florida, one of the busiest sea turtle hospitals in the world. He will discuss prosthetic applications in sea turtles.

Erica Ward, DVM – Dr. Ward is an elephant veterinarian with significant experience in Thailand, South Africa,  and Australia. She will discuss the challenges of working with elephants as well as the ethical and cultural dimensions of medical practice.

Roberto Vecchio (DVM) – Dr. Fecchio is a wildlife veterinarian practicing in Brazil and has experience with prosthetics in a variety of species as well as a specialty in dentistry.

Albertus Coetzee – “Ab” is the creator of @projectwildsa through which he helps with and documents wildlife rehabilitation. He will be discussing the prosthetic leg he built for Achilles at the Little Rhino Orphanage in South Africa.