Canine Diploma Year One

year one of the diploma pathway is taught by blended learning with a high quality 5-day hands-on practicum

Year one aims to offer practitioners who are new to canine osteopathy a robust baseline knowledge from which to move into the year two modules. 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 6-8 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

The first year is comprised of online modules with an excellent range of presentations, videos and home activities. on-demand webinars, access to our online community to communicate with fellow students, live student support throughout the course and a first class 5-day practicum, plus an externship and assessments. You are given up to 12 months to complete year one, which equates to 600 total hours of study (taught and self-directed). The online element of which typically takes the average student 6-8 months (on a part-time basis). You then attend your chosen practicum event, followed by your externship and written assessments. You will be required to choose your practicum period when you book, so please think carefully about logistics when applying. Year one practicums are currently available in the UK, Denmark (Hirtshals), Canada (Calgary), USA (Maryland) and will eventually be run in NZ (when Covid regulations allow).


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 do not replace these should be purely supplementary. As such, all students must be fluent in the English language. The AOI is arranging for a Danish student to be present at the 2022 practicum, but this is merely for clarity, not for full translation and, as such, should not be relied upon. We hope in the next 2-years to run Diploma courses in Denmark with a Danish lecturer, but this won’t be before 2024. 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.

Online Requirements

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

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 during the course and once you 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 for an insurance provider and we can introduce you to our own insurance provider if requested.

5-day Practical Clinic

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 the year two of the Diploma 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 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 this or any other course, please click on the fish and get in touch. We’re here to help!

Our Academic Pathway is accredited by the European School of Osteopathy. Kent. UK.