Canine Osteopathic Studies (Part II) L2 Module One

Module 1/14 – Level Two PathwayAN ONLINE ONLY MODULE

Module 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 want to buy this module. It’s worth noting however, that Part II extends from that which has been taught at Level One, so if you have not completed AOI’s Level One (post 2019) 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

Total number of study hours (taught content and self-directed study and case studies):   20 hours of online learning.
Price:  £99.00 plus VAT OR VATMOSS where applicable.


As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level Two Pathway is being delivered online and (where applicable) via blended learning (with consolidated practicums). Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time, or they can study the online elements of Module 1-7 and then come to the UK for one practicum visit. This would run over 2 weeks plus two days with two weekends in between for respite and revision. Studying in this way, radically reduces flight costs for international students. Successful completion of Modules 1-7 on the Level Two Pathway leads to a Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Canine Patient, validated by the ESO.


Many people ask what the difference is between an osteopath and other 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.

Prerequisites to Module One

Students can undertake Level Two module as part of the Level Two Diploma Pathway which leads to a Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Canine Patient. As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed the Level One Pathway, the Canine Osteopathic Conversion Course (COCC) or have evidenced that you already practice canine osteopathy at Level One. This is because each module leads neatly on from one to the another encouraging autonomous thinking, criticality, and a self-reflective mind. All of which are important in the clinical setting. Some Level Two modules may also be taken in isolation as CPD courses, but successful graduates will only be awarded a CPD certificate titled as per the module descriptor. 

Indicative Content for Module 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.

Who can apply for Level Two Module One?

This course is for any AOI Certificate Level One graduate (or past equivalent – such as ESO Stage One) and also experienced canine osteopaths. It is also open to physiotherapists/chiropractors and veterinary/animal therapy professionals, who fulfil all Level Two entry criteria and have completed the Canine Osteopathic Conversion Course. This conversion course is available for those wishing to enter the Diploma Pathway directly, but have not followed the AOI’s Level One programme, because they have significant canine experience already. Please click HERE for more information. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception). All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.

International Students – English Language Requirements

We are happy to take national and international students, but all students MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language (both written and spoken), so as to ensure that you can make the most of the course and its contents. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise and no refunds will be made on these grounds. As a guide, we typically expect that students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent qualification).

If you are interested in taking Level Two or this module as standalone CPD, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the online nature of the content.