Clinical Competence & Professional Practice L2 Module 7


Module 7 is the last module, that makes up the compulsory part of the Level Two Pathway, which leads to the Diploma award. It includes case-based discussion, evaluation (and critical reflection of one’s learning), in-depth osteopathic considerations and an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery via an open teaching clinic & viva assessment. Successful completion leads to a CPD certificate from the AOI (when taken in isolation) or, when taken as part of the Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Canine Patient, which is validated by the ESO.

This module is designed to instil and concrete our student’s knowledge, skills and confidence, to ensure that by the end of the Level Two pathway they can:

  1. Safely and competently assess a range of suitable canine patients, who present with MSK or neurological signs and symptoms;
  2. Identify cases that present with MSK signs and symptoms, but turn our to be pathological in nature, requiring immediate referral;
  3. Fully evaluate all aspects of a canine case, to reach a truly holistic hypothesis in-line with osteopathic considerations and thinking;
  4. Skill-fully create treatment and management plans to suit each canine patient, supported by a well considered osteopathic hypothesis;
  5. Develop safe, useful and empathetic advice for canine owners, to support the needs of canine patients., where lifestyle and/or environment changes are necessary for a successful outcome;
  6. Manage uncertainty where it arises;
  7. Critically reflect on any given scenario and
  8. Perform within a professional veterinary environment at a level that makes them a valuable member of the team;
  9. Refer whenever necessary, providing supportive reports that suit the veterinary profession;
  10. Star up their own practice in the knowledge that they can successfully manage most referred cases.

Module content includes: online webinar, assessments, assignments, 1.5 day practical assimilation clinic, open practical assessment, case studies, self-directed study/practice time and clinical reflection.
Price:  £475.00 plus VAT where applicable, inc. assessment fees.

Prerequisites to Module 7

Students can undertake this module as part of the Level Two Academic Pathway, the prerequisite to which is successful completion of modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Level Two. This is because each module leads neatly on from one to the another encouraging autonomous thinking, criticality and a self reflective mind. All of which are important in the clinical setting. We also ensure at this stage of learning, that any student who attends this course, has maintained their anatomical knowledge. This is to ensure accuracy of technique and thus, safety of all those you treat. If you cannot recall your canine anatomy easily, we would urge you to do so in advance of this module. 

Indicative Content

  • Discussion of the course to date and the layout of the practicums, assessments and teaching clinic;
  • Check list and support with student portfolios;
  • Open practical clinic to concrete any challenges and fine tune skills;
  • End of Level Two teaching clinic – build and concrete your confidence in assessing and treating the canine patient in a supportive environment;
  • Undertake “start to finish” assessments and treatment protocols utilising the osteopathic sieve;
  • Form working hypotheses, discuss effective technique and management plans with rationale (osteopathic, anatomical and biomechanical) to support your conclusions;
  • Undertake effective application of suitable techniques in a clinical situation;
  • Demonstrate your knowledge to date via viva-style questions from your tutor;
  • Interact with your peers to enhance your learning process by offering/receiving feedback;
  • High practical content with feedback and support from the teaching team.

When is Module 7 likely to run?

This module is likely to be released at the end of 2021. From then on in, the module will be available on-demand for suitable candidates.


At this time, students must have the capacity to come to the UK for the practical sessions and assessments. Without this, no certification will be issued, because it is essential to any practitioner who works with animals, undertake significant practical classes and assessment, as part of their learning journey. As such, students require both the time and financial resources to attend the UK based practicum within 24 months of programme commencement. That being Modules 1-7. The same policy is in place for Modules 8-14, which make up the Advanced Diploma. 

Location of the practicum

Owing to the nature of this particular practical event, and the need for the inclusion of internal and external examiners, we do not envisage running this event outside the UK in the next 12 – 14 months. This is because we must be able to guarantee the quality of the event and all associated assessments.

International Students – English Language Requirements

We are happy to take national and international students, but all students MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language (both written and spoken), so as to ensure that you can make the most of the course and its contents. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise and no refunds will be made on these grounds. As a guide, we typically expect that students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

If you are interested in taking Level Two or this module as standalone CPD, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content. 

Our Academic Pathway is validated by the European School of Osteopathy. For more information on the ESO, go to: