Clinical Competence & Professional Practice Canine Module Seven

Clinical Competence & Professional Practice Canine Module Seven

Module seven is the last module in the Diploma Programme, 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 only open to AOI’s Diploma students.

Indicative Content OF MODULE SEVEN

  • 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.

This module is designed to instil and cement student knowledge, skills and confidence. By the end of the Diploma, students will be able to:

  1. Safely and competently assess a range of suitable canine patients, who present with MSK or neurological signs and symptoms;
  2. Recognise a wide range of clinical presentations;
  3. Identify cases that present with MSK signs and symptoms, (including pathologies), requiring immediate veterinary referral;
  4. Fully evaluate all aspects of a canine case, to reach a truly holistic hypothesis in-line with osteopathic considerations and thinking;
  5. Skilfully create treatment and management plans to suit each canine patient, supported by a well considered osteopathic hypothesis;
  6. 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;
  7. Manage uncertainty where it arises;
  8. Critically reflect on any given scenario and
  9. Perform within a professional veterinary environment at a level that makes them a valuable member of the team;
  10. Refer whenever necessary, providing supportive reports that suit the veterinary profession;
  11. Star up their own practice in the knowledge that they can successfully manage most referred cases.

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