R. Madhuri and G.R.K Sharma
The sudden outbreak of deadly disease called COVID-19 caused by a Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) shook the entire world. The wide and rapid spreading of COVID-19 has forced almost all educational institutions across the nation with no choice. Present study was undertaken to explore veterinary students’ preferences for various attributes of online classes and relationship between preference and 6 selected independent variables. Ex -post-facto research design was opted for the study and was conducted in three constituent colleges of Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Andhra Pradesh which have moved their academic activities onto online mode through zoom platform as a part of Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT). The findings of the study revealed that most of the students (85%) had high preference for online education. With regarding veterinary students’ preferences for various attributes of online classes the findings confirmed that majority of the veterinary students preferred to have online classes supported with reading material having online classes on alternate days, for 2-4 hours per day with 45 minutes duration for each session along with 15 minutes break in between the two sessions. Majority of the students preferred WhatsApp for clarifying their queries and expected to clarify their queries by instructor within next class. Most of the students preferred to have quiz and assignments at end of every class for effective learning and preferred to submit their assignments before the next scheduled class. The findings also revealed that, computer efficacy and benefits had significant positive relationship, while bottlenecks had significant negative relationship with the Veterinary student’s preference for online education at one percent level of significance. Remaining three variables like gender, socio-economic status and technical accessibility had no significant relationship at both one per cent and five per cent level of significance. Key words: Veterinary students; Preference; Online education.