Functional Osteopathic Academic Pathway – Canine Level One

2021 Enrolment is now open

A one year course taught by blended learning with one 4-5 day practicum.

This course is the first of three levels that make up the Functional Osteopathic Academic Pathway, creating the fundamental building blocks of all our practitioner canine programmes. Level One aims to offer practitioners a robust baseline knowledge from which to move into Level Two. With the theoretical element being taught online, students can apply all year around to start the online component as soon as they are accepted. However, the practicum is typically offered 8-10 months after course commencement. This gives adequate time for the student to complete their home activities and self-study components.

Blended learning works better for our students

Having the programme online means that students can study from the comfort of their own home, no matter in which country they live. This saves an enormous amount of time and money, because you won’t need multiple days away from home, accommodation for each weekend and costs associated with travel. In addition, you don’t need to take vast amounts of time off work or worry about child care etc. All these issues have repeatedly come up for us over the years, so we know they are limiting factors for many students. The blended learning format means that our international students (especially), will save thousands of pounds compared with our old model, so we hope that overall, this concept will be favourable.

Course Format

This course comprises 16 online modules with an excellent range of presentations, videos and home activities. 6 on-demand webinars, access to our online community to communicate with fellow students, live student support throughout the course and a 4-5 day practicum, plus case studies and clinical assessments. You are given up to 12 months to complete the online content, which takes the average student 8-10 months. You are then invited to a practicum event. Each student gets offered 2 practicum options within a 24 month period. You will be required to choose your practicum period when you book. These typically run (in the UK) in April/May and September/October.


The course is taught in English (UK) so it is essential that all international students be proficient in all aspects of the English language, both spoken and written. Without this level of understanding, students will not only struggle with the module presentations, but also find practical clinics and assessments extremely demanding – if not impossible. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise at any point throughout this course. It is your responsibility to know your level of language competency and apply accordingly.

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International clinics are being considered for 2022/2023 in Denmark, NZ, Canada and the USA, but at this time, students will be required to attend a 4-5 day practicum in the UK, which includes a Day 0 (for non-osteopaths) and the assessment day. As AOI cannot guarantee (at this time) that practical clinics will be run outside the UK, so please assume that you will need to travel for the practical sessions. If you are keen to have us run a local event, please write to us with your proposal to act as a local contact.

Online Requirements

Students who apply for this course, must have a suitable computer (not just smart-phone or tablet) and be able to access a strong internet connection.


A variety of assessments will be used, to ensure that all types of learner have a chance to shine. Both formative and summative assessments will be included to actively ensure that students fully engage along the way, and to offer graduates a final certificate that they can be proud to own.

4-5 day Practical Clinics inc. assessment day

The aim of the course is to offer practitioners a robust baseline knowledge from which to grow as a canine practitioner. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter Level Two with confidence.

A Question of Titles

This information is to ensure that all prospective students are clear about the laws and regulations linked the title osteopath. Please read it carefully.

If you are joining us, as a registered UK osteopath, then yes, you can use the term osteopath or osteopathy within your marketing. However, at this time, whilst regulation in this field is changing day by day, the AOI recommends that those thinking to practice in the UK, follow the guidelines given by the General Osteopathic Council. This being, that one cannot use the word “Osteopathy, Osteopathic or Osteopath” in the UK, unless they are a registered human osteopath. This is to ensure that no misunderstanding occurs in public domain. As such, if your aim is to have the “title” Osteopath, Osteopathic or Osteopathy” within your marketing, we urge you to check with local (and State) regulations before you apply. The AOI cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from regulatory limitations. At this time, AOI recommends the amended term Canine Functional Practitioner (CFP) for those who do not have a registered osteopathic background and work within the UK. If you wish to apply to RAMP, you can inform them that your studies have been in the osteopathic field, as they do not enforce the need for preparatory human training, so long as you fulfil criteria in other ways.

Insurance requirements

All delegates (especially if outside the UK), should explore insurance options with a reputable insurance company, which will allow you to study/work on/with animals once they qualify. It is the student’s responsibility to undertake this research in advance of applying, so that they are happy that they can purchase insurance to practice once qualified. AOI will not be held responsible for a lack of research in this area before commencement of the pathway and no refunds will be given as a result of insufficient due diligence. We are happy to issue supporting paperwork if required by an insurance provider.

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