Canine Osteopathic Conversion Course (COCC)

For those wishing to join our Diploma Pathway directly.

Timeframe allowed for completion: Maximum 6 months.

Price: £399.00 plus taxes where applicable. 

Becoming an COCC student, offers you the opportunity to bypass some of AOI’s Certificate Level One Academic Pathway. This is typically because you are already an experienced animal practitioner (such as an ACPAT physio or IAVC chiropractor, with a degree background), competently using many of the techniques taught at Level One. AOI sees no benefit forcing an established practitioner to revisit knowledge, assessments and treatments that they use in every day practice, but if you have only just qualified, you may not be accepted (onto the COCC) because our Level two Diploma pathway assumes that the practitioner is comfortable and competent at working in clinical practice.

Firstly, students of the Canine Osteopathic Conversion Course must study following modules from Level one. These can all be taken online, so students must have a stable internet connection. 

Module 1   Osteopathic Studies – Part I;

Module 2   Canine Perception and Communication; 

Module 9   Functional anatomical integration of the canine patient; 

Module 14 Osteopathic integration of the whole patient;

Module 15 Case based discussion.

In addition to the above, COCC students must take all Level One quizzes (which have a pass mark of 70%). This will allow you (and AOI) to evaluate your level of understanding and learning. 

Secondly, COCC student will be asked to provide evidence of the following, (which will be reviewed by two AOI assessors  to guarantee suitability of you as a prospective Level II student);

  1. An example of your current case history form. This should include: all history findings, examinations, working hypothesis, treatment and your treatment and management plan. We will ask you to remove ALL personal data so that neither the animal nor its owner are identifiable. This activity is requested so that we can see evidence of your clinical thinking, analysis, approaches and considerations when working with an canine patient. If your case histories are handwritten, we will ask that you ensure that you use one that is fully legible to an external reader. And, if you have used abbreviations or shorthand within your case history, you will be asked to include a glossary of terms with your documentation. If it is not typical for you to include all requested elements as part of your “usual” case history process, you are asked to provide supporting information. This is because, osteopaths are expected to document their findings in this way and students on our full Level One pathway, will have been taught as such. 
  2. Video footage of you undertaking a full passiveassessment of a given area (as you would on a new patient) so that we can observe your current methodology and approaches.
  3. Video footage of you undertaking a minimum of 4-5 effectively executed cycles of articulation/mobilisation (a technique which increases the range of movement through a joint) to a given region. Then separately, demonstrate 4 effectively executed direct soft tissue techniques (e.g. petrissage, cross fibre, longitudinal, tapotement etc.) to 4 different muscles; commencing with a clear description of the muscle you wish to treat, its origin and insertion (whilst standing safely away from the dog if required). Lastly, we will ask that you demonstrate 2 effectively executed direct stretching techniques. These activities allow AOI to observe your current knowledge, style and assessment/treatment approaches. 

Once all aspects of the COCC have been successfully completed, the Programme Director will arrange to meet with you (remotely) by Skype, Viber or Click Meeting, to discuss the outcome and how you wish to proceed. If you have been successful in the COCC, you will be expected to attend the Day 0 of the practicum at the start of the Level Two Diploma Pathway. This will allow AOI’s teaching team to work with any areas of identified weakness or significant difference, before the first practicum event. This will ensure that you are ready to embark the Diploma Pathway with existing AOI students. Day 0 is charged to COCC students at the same rate as all other students but will only be charged if the student is successful in the COCC. The fee for this event is £250 (plus taxes where applicable). This is a mandatory aspect of the COCC and no student will be allowed to attend the Diploma Pathway without attending. 

To Apply: 

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