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Focused on safety & clinical competency including first-class practicums.

Functional Osteopathy for animals is a branch of physical therapy for animals, with a strong focus on assessing the whole animal and their environment to attain a successful long-term outcome. Training to become a fully qualified Functional Practitioner/Osteopath with AOI takes 4-5 years and all who join us, come from a clinical or therapeutic background (e.g. Vets, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists/ACPAT etc.). Training includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, animal behaviour, palpation skills, clinical assessment, and a wide range of therapeutic techniques. In addition, our students are taught soft-skills, such a communication, marketing, business management and finance. This ensures that they leave our programme fully equipped and ready to be competent, safe practitioners

Courses are taught by highly experienced Animal Osteopaths, Veterinary Physiotherapists, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Behaviourists. 

In the UK, Osteopathy for humans is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council and Animal Osteopathy is recognised as one of the three main clinical disciplines voluntarily regulated by the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners in the UK (RAMP).

For more information about Functional Osteopathy for animals, follow this LINK

“I’m truly grateful to the AOI for helping me to enhance my clinical skill-set, so, I’m happy to offer some words about the course. The main pathway is taught by blended learning, with excellent online content that is in-depth and very clear, with many supporting videos. The practical classes are small, focused and supportive, so you’ll have lots of hands-on opportunity to fine-tune your skills, and, the team is clearly committed to developing safe, competent practitioners, so everything is compartmentalised, so you have time to reflect and improve, one stage at a time. I’ve studied many courses in the past, but this has really developed me as a person and practitioner, and I’d highly recommend it.”  S.Davis

AOI is founded on the desire to provide the highest quality of education in the field of animal functional therapy/osteopathy to those who want to learn about real osteopathy and all the various elements that create this wonderful art and science. We cover all areas of traditional osteopathy within our programmes and teach from a perspective of osteopathic principles and concepts. Techniques such as balanced ligamentous tension, adjustments, general articulatory technique and visceral have all been modified for the animal patient. This ensures that our graduates can assess and treat with a full range of skills and feel assured of their clinical competency.

Academic Pathway - Foundation Course Pages

Equine Academic Pathway - Level Two Course Pages - diploma (1-7) & Advanced Diploma (8-14)

Canine Academic Pathway - Level Two Course Pages - Diploma (1-7) & Advanced Diploma (8-14)

We also like to support our students after they graduate, which is why we actively encourage those who want to join us for teacher training or as international associates. In addition, it is our mission, to be all encompassing. To embrace specialists from all areas of veterinary medicine, so that our community can provide world class education to students, professionals and owners wherever they live.

As an organisation, we want to educate those who wish to learn and that is why we open our arms to a range of professionals. Our aim is not to saturate markets with too many half trained therapists, but rather to create a network of highly trained practitioners, who can work together to make a difference. Additionally, with the same intent, we encourage likeminded professionals and other academic institutes to join us, so that together, we can support the wider network of animal related projects. In this way, we can collectively make a difference to the lives of so many animals. Not only those we can treat but also those who need to be protected.

From a practitioner perspective, we want to inspire animal practitioners to keep on learning. Not to stop at the first post. A postgraduate certificate is a great achievement, but like passing a driving test, it is just the start. That is why we offer a range of high quality courses for all levels of interest. Run by people who excel at what they do.

If you want to become a part of something bigger, join us today and let us help you on your journey.

A truly international student/alumni community

Animal Osteopathy International has a truly global community. We train students from the UK, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Greece, Australia, Russia, Sweden, Poland, France, Spain, Israel, Argentina, The Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland. 



With a register that offers ongoing professional guidance, a validator to ensure quality and partners who share our values