Canine Osteopathic Studies (Part II) Module One

Unit One – Osteopathic Studies (Part II)

FORMAT: Online theory and a one day practical integration clinic. This format will only be taught for students who are new to the Diploma programme from 2022.

Unit One gets right into the heart of the art and science of osteopathy, discussing its models and principles in depth, mapped, and suited to the animal patient. If you treat animals osteopathically, or have an interest in learning more about osteopathy, you might even want to buy this module as standalone CPD. It’s worth noting however, that Part II extends from that which has been taught in year one so if you have not completed AOI’s Diploma year one, we would urge you to purchase both Part I and Part II together, so that you understand the foundations before delving into more depth. If you wish to do this, please contact us directly on


As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that year two of the Diploma is being delivered online and (where applicable) via blended learning (with consolidated practicums).


Many people ask what the difference is between an osteopath and other physical/manual therapists. One of the core answers is the way we think and what we do with the information that we attain from the dog, owner, and other professionals. For example, an osteopath might come up with the same working hypothesis as another manual therapists, but, if an osteopath concludes that the reason behind the pattern of pathological disease or dysfunction is caused by external factors – such as external stressors instigated by the owner (or its environment), the osteopath will work as hard to change that factor – via education or referral, as they would to treat the symptoms. This is because osteopaths understand the basis of functional medicine, which is, that everything (internally and externally) can cause dis-ease over time. One fine example of this is the cortisol reaction caused by stress and all the physical symptoms that occur as a result (weight gain, heart pathology, diabetes etc.). As such, true osteopaths believe that treating nothing more than the site of pain (or dysfunction) is merely patching up the symptoms, it is not treating the “whole” patient nor the cause of the dis-ease. This module will teach you how to evaluate a patient’s “whole picture” and what to do with the information. At AOI we believe that the greater the depth of your knowledge, the greater the opportunity you will have to become to be a truly osteopathic practitioner.

Indicative Content for Unit One:

  • Adaptations of core osteopathic principles and concepts to enhance your canine practice
  • Adaptations of osteopathic models of to enhance your approach to canine practice
  • Application of these principles/concepts and their importance to enhance your canine case history taking 
  • How to utilise these concepts and models to enhance your creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols 
  • MSK case based application of these concepts, principles and models
  • Practical: Clinical case integration utilising the knowledge from year one.