Diploma in Canine Functional Osteopathy

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Our two-year Diploma is like no other. Taught on a first-class online platform (with webinars, presentations, videos and live discussion) and face-to-face practicums, we are with you every step of the way. You also have a friendly online community to reach out to every day (if you wish). You will learn everything you need to start a safe and competent career in the field of osteopathy for animals and you will also gain many life skills along the way. All of which will help you to exceed as an individual – and to stand out from the crowd.

The programme isn’t easy and it’s not the cheapest, but it is one of the very best courses of study available worldwide. Our graduates go on to open their own schools, write for magazines, work at top international locations and teach around the world. If that’s the sort of qualification you want, you’ve come to the right place!

The programme is developed for part-time learning and equates to 1200 hours of total learning.

Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to practice with confidence.

Year one offers practitioners who are new to canine osteopathy a robust baseline knowledge from which to move into the year two.. With the theoretical element being taught online and a consolidated 5-day practicum taken circa 7 months after the start date.

Year two offers an opportunity to consolidate year one’s learning, whilst enhancing the practitioners assessment skills and range of techniques. This give each student a solid foundation in functional osteopathic therapy, so that they can assess and treat a wide range of maladies, safely and competently. The theoretical element of year two is taught online and a consolidated 12-day practicum is taken circa 7 months after the start date.

Diploma Start Dates:

  • UK – Final enrolment 1st November 2022 with a May 2023 year one practicum.
  • Denmark – Last enrolment 1st October 2023 with a June 2024 year one practicum

We accept no more than 12 students per canine practicum. We accept students on a first some first serve basis.

Further information can be requested via the button below.

Blended learning works better for our students

Having the theoretical element of 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/weekends away from home, and costs associated with such travel.


The whole Diploma is taught in English (UK) so it is essential that all international students be fully proficient in all aspects of the English language, both spoken and written. We do produce full transcriptions for the online course component, so that you can translate them if you wish, but these are purely supplementary. As such, all students must be fluent in the English language. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise at any point throughout the course if you apply with less than the IELTS (overall score of 6.5) or equivalent qualification.



Practicums are taught on a maximum of 7:1 ratio, which offers exceptional private tuition, This means you don’t get left hanging around, waiting for the lecture to move on in class. The whole event is focused on ensuring that by the time you take your clinical case assessment, you are more than ready to achieve the results you want. Click on the Practicum Locations link above for more information.

Year One Practicum – 5-days back to back

Year Two Practicum and clinical student review – 12-days back to back.

Practicums are run in the UK, Denmark, Canada and the USA. In 2024, they will also be run in New Zealand.

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 Bodyworker (CFB) 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.

If you are interested in joining AOI, please click on the fish and get in touch. We’re here to help!

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