Osteopathic Concepts & Philosophies (Part II) Module 1


Total number of study hours (taught content and self-directed study and case studies):   20 hours
Price:  £99.00 plus local tax where applicable.

Module One is a compulsory part of the Level Two Diploma pathway and an extension to Part I – found within Level One. Successful completion leads to a Certificate of Completion from the AOI – when taken in isolation or as part of the Level Two Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Canine Patient, which is validated by the ESO.

As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level II pathway, will be delivered online and (where applicable) via dual modality (with practicums).  Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time or they can study the online elements of all compulsory elements and then come to the UK for one consolidated practicum, which would run over 2 weeks plus two days with two weekends in between for respite and revision. This radically reduces flight costs for international  students. Successful completion of the compulsory Level II pathway leads to a Diploma in Osteopathic Approach to the Canine Patient, internally validated by the ESO.

Why Study Module One?

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 would 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 (from within or from without) can cause dis-ease. 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. It’s also an immensely useful module to review as your depth of knowledge increases. This is because the more you know about canine medicine and anatomy, the greater the field of opportunity to be a truly osteopathic practitioner. We hope you enjoy!

Prerequisites to Module One

Students can undertake this 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. We also ensure at this stage of learning, that any student who attends this course, has maintained their anatomical knowledge. This is to ensure accuracy of technique and thus, safety of all those you treat. If you cannot recall your canine anatomy easily, we would urge you to do so in advance of this module. 

When is Module One to be released?

The online only version of Module One is likely to be released at the beginning of the first quarter of 2021. However, as this module makes up the second part of a course on Osteopathic Concepts, it is essential that you have first completed Part I (found in level I). Module one is also the first of the COMPULSORY elements of the Diploma Pathway. Please note: International students who are wishing to consolidate their Level Two practicums (to reduce travel costs), may do so, but this must be agreed at the start of educational circuit. This means that a student could fulfil the online elements of Modules 1-6 and then come to the UK for all the practicums and module 7, which (in total) will be run over a two week and two day period (with 2 weekend breaks in between). 

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.

Module structure, online format and internet requirements:

This course will be delivered online, via our Teachable.com platform. Students will also be made a part of the online community via Facebook where Facebook LIVE drop-ins will take place for question and answer sessions, and students have live tutors throughout the pathway to support their learning and any difficulties they face.

Because this module will be partly delivered online, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay of any live events. 

Students MUST assume that we will be teaching the practicum in the UK, unless they have been offered other alternatives

For our generic AOI Facebook group page click HERE

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.


Those who successfully complete this module will be awarded a digital AOI Certificate of Completion. Students who go on to complete ALL compulsory modules of the Diploma, successfully, will be issued with a Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Canine Patient which is validated by European School of Osteopathy.

AOI ensures that all its Diploma pathway graduates leave with a deeper understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and of how to modify and integrate osteopathic philosophy and concepts into animal practice, so that they can treat a much wider audience than some of their colleagues. That is the beauty of osteopathic thinking.

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.

Level II Diploma Pathway Students – Prerequisites:

Attendees who want to attend the Full Diploma Pathway (with an intention of attaining the Diploma qualfication, must have successfully completed one of the following:

  • AOI’s Canine Level I – MCP pathway (no other pathway considered); or
  • AOI’s Canine Osteopathic Conversion Course; or
  • AOI’s Level (or Stage) I CPD courses – condensed or standards; or
  • The ESO Canine Foundation Course; or
  • Have provided AOI with mapped evidence of existing knowledge base with proof of certification from another educational provider.

Full Diploma Pathway applicants must only start the Diploma modules if they can guarantee they have the following as a minimum:

  • Can produce a full and thorough clinical case history, which includes the animal’s medical history, active and passive assessment, any clinical tests that have been undertaken, clinical hypotheses and rationale for treatment. Techniques used and management plan.
  • A solid musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the canine model;
  • Sound competence in the canine musculoskeletal assessment process;
  • Sound competence in the canine musculoskeletal treatment process (articulation, stretching and soft tissue);
  • An ability to critically consider common orthopaedic conditions;
  • An ability to critically reflect upon one’s own limitations and work with other veterinary practitioners where required.
  • An unquestionable ability to know the indications and contraindications of treatment and when an animal should be seen by a vet with immediate effect.

Application Notice

If you apply for the Diploma Pathway, informing us that you are up to the required standard, and during the early course of your studies, your grades, theoretical and/or technical skills indicate that you are not, you will be required to put your Level Two learning on hold and undertake the appropriate Level One modules before continuing. This is simply to guide the student accordingly, so successful completion is more likely. No refunds will be made for the modules that you have or are completing at the time. As such, please ensure that you apply for the right level and do not “up-sell” yourself, to bypass Level One. Doing so could be costly and is not professional. We will always do our very best to support your journey, but we do expect all applicants to be open and honest about their level of competence.

If you fulfil criteria and would like to apply for  this course, please email us on contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com for an application form or to ask specific questions. If you would just like to join our mailing list so you know when the course goes live. Please put your email below. We look forward to having you onboard!

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Our pathway courses are internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy. For more information on the ESO, go to: https://www.eso.ac.uk