Osteopathic Approach to the Canine Patient – Stage I

Stage level: I

Dates: 30th, 31st March, 20th, 21st April, 11th, 12th May, 1st, 2nd June 2020

Location: Dorset/Hampshire Border (New Forest)

Timetable: 9.30-16.30 hrs each day.

Number of CPD hours: 56 hours  

Price: £1799 – flexible payments for all – see below

Internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy

Structure: This course is the fundamental building block of all our other canine courses and a prerequisite to our other workshops. An 8-day CPD workshop spread over 4 sessions (approximately 3-4 weeks apart), delivered in a mixture of theory and practical elements. The aim of the course is to offer practitioners a baseline knowledge from which to grow as an animal therapist. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter our Stage II workshops with confidence.

PLEASE NOTE: Without exception: All dates must be attended as the course will build upon the content that you learn each day.

Awards: Those who successfully complete the 8-day workshop will be awarded an AOI/ESO CPD Certificate of Attendance (Osteopathic Approaches to the Canine Patient – Stage I).

Indicative Content:

  • Animal behaviour – ethics in animal care and respecting the canine patient
  • Functional muscular skeletal anatomy
  • Paraprofessional communications & referrals 
  • Case history analysis & record taking
  • Gait analysis 
  • Osteopathic assessment and evaluation – clinical reasoning
  • Osteopathic structural articulation and stretching and soft tissue techniques
  • Common orthopaedic conditions – clinical reasoning


Who can apply: This course is mainly intended for osteopaths & veterinary professionals. All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.

International Students: We are happy to take national and international students but pleases do NOT book flights or hotels until the Educational Director has sent course confirmation. This is due to the high costs of this course and the need for minimum numbers. International delegates MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise.

Pre-requisites: Attendees must be osteopaths or veterinary professionals and be comfortable around dogs of all sizes. Ideally, delegates should feel safe and confident when handling canine models.

Costs and fees explained: Deposit: £299 (non-refundable after 28th January 2020). First course payment: £500 to be paid no later than 28th February 2020. Second payment: £500 to be paid no later than 28th March 2020 and a final payment £500 to be paid no later than 28th April 2020. Delegates are responsible for the FULL cost of the course, irrespective of personal circumstances that may lead you to miss individual dates.
To hold a place on this course, you need to pay a holding deposit of £299.00 as soon as you have been accepted on the course. This must be paid within 7 days of your acceptance email or you may lose your place. The deposit is 50% refundable until the 28th January 2012, after which time it will become non-refundable, due to the costs that we will incur. Any fees incurred as a result of a PayPal or international transaction (for example) will be deducted from your deposit refund total.


Please note that minimum numbers are required in order to run this course. This is due to the high cost nature of this course. If minimum numbers are not met the AOI reserves the right to cancel the course. If for any reason, AOI has to cancel the course, (either due to inadequate numbers or failure on the behalf of our third-party facilities), you will be refunded in full. However, as a result of this minimum requirement, we highly recommend that you not pay for any hotels, flights or travel arrangements etc. in advance without cancellation options. AOI will not be held responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such pre-booking. 

Dog Models: Applicants are requested to bring a happy, healthy dog with them to all practical sessions. Dogs MUST be comfortable and friendly around other dogs and people and have no major health issues. Dogs must not be left in the car, unless it is cool enough to do so, so they must be able to settle in the classroom with others. On occasion, we can locate dogs as models for students, but this is an exception and not a rule. Please inform us when you apply, if you do not have a dog to bring.

For further information: Please contact the AOI team via email at: animalosteopathyinternational@gmail.com or fill out the contact box below, requesting an application form.