Level II Canine Series – New Format

Our new dual modality format saves you money and reduces the stress of studying.

New Online & Dual Modality Format.

Designed with YOU in mind.

Open to all animal professionals who have a clinical background and fulfil criteria.

Level I and II combined, give you everything you need to become a safe, competent, reflective animal practitioner with your own practice.


COVID 19 has made us re-think our strategy. As such, we will be delivering many aspects of this course online, starting Autumn 2020. We will also run regular face to face clinics for additional hands on practical support, which will allow students to concrete their theoretical knowledge and fine tune their techniques. This time will also offer an opportunity for you to work closely with our team and receive valuable feedback about your work. In addition, you will see shortly, that some Level II modules can be taken as standalone courses. This is for students who have a specific need and don’t want to engage with the whole Level II ESO Internally Validated Pathway.

Our Level II Pathway is internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy. For more information on the ESO, go to: https://www.eso.ac.uk

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Level II – what is it all about?

Level II courses are intended for those with prior experience in the relevant animal pathway i.e. canine or equine. It is open to osteopaths and other animal professionals who can already demonstrate Level I competences and/or fulfil criteria.

It is about extending your clinical knowledge (pathological, orthopaedic and neurological), and teaching you advanced techniques and broadening your osteopathic thinking, so that you can extend your scope of practice and work in animal practice safely and competently. Qualities that both RAMP and the veterinary professional expect and value from those working in the animal domain.

What does our change in teaching mean for you?

COVID has redesigned how we travel and move about (for the time being at least). So, the AOI decided that if everyone else could use online classrooms, so could we. In developing the online model we also realised the plus side to online programmes from the students perspective and research backed up our theory. 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 each month 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. But, not anymore! This new format means that our international students, or those with weekend commitments, will save many hours and thousands of pounds compared with that of our old model..

How will this really save me time and money?

Our new model means that you can undertake all theoretical elements from the comfort of your own home; alongside some fundamental aspects of practice (where appropriate) – to give you chance to practice before attending class. Technique classes are then held at the practicums, which will be offered back to back, such that if you wanted to attend 2 modules worth of practical classes, you are at liberty to do that. This will save you money on flights and travel and allow you better management of your own time.

Typical delegates would hold one off the following, before attending a Level II workshop:

  1. An ESO Foundation Certificate (canine);
  2. An AOI Stage/Level I Certificate (canine);
  3. Certification from the Osteopathic Centre for Animals – where a significant number of hours has been spent working with canine patients;
  4. UCO PG Certificate in Animal Osteopathy – where a significant number of hours has been spent working with canine patients;
  5. Veterinary physiotherapy – foundation level qualification, where further knowledge is the aim;
  6. Veterinary certification – as a nurse or vet AND hold some prior manual therapy certification with good levels of experience in the manual treatment of dogs.

Minimum Requirements for Level II Modules/MCP Pathway:

In order for ANY practitioner to be able to attend a Level II course, they must be able to confirm that they can perform the following tasks on a dog (as appropriate to the course in question):

  1. Have a sound knowledge of MSK functional canine anatomy;
  2. Be able to take a thorough case history – to include physical, emotional and environmental factors.
  3. Be able to write a clear and concise vet report that professionally explains your findings;
  4. Be able to undertake an effective movement/gait analysis;
  5. Undertake a thorough, effective and appropriate assessment of the patient before you – active and passively. This must include ALL joints of the animal and their musculature in a calm, rhythmical and therapeutic manner.
  6. Consider a logical list of differentials – based on your findings;
  7. Request appropriate tests by the vet if required;
  8. Conclude with a working hypothesis;
  9. Devise an effective treatment plan and undertake appropriate structural treatment – to include: articulation, soft tissue and stretching;
  10. Offer sound home advice and a management plan to the owner.

If you cannot undertake such a routine (competently) or this process is something that you have not performed regularly in the last 12 months, we highly recommend that you either start with Level I or attend the appropriate Day 0 refresher workshop to revive your skill-set. Attending Level II courses without this baseline, is likely to lead to frustration and ineffective learning. You may also be asked to leave if your weakness is disrupting other students. See each course page for more details.

Payment Options

Option 1 – Pay Per Module.

On each of the 8 module pages, you will see a price. Depending on the cost of each course, flexible payments maybe available. Students have the option to purchase each module as they go, BUT if you want to attain a Level II Competence Certification, you MUST successfully complete ALL modules in order – as they are designed to lead neatly on from one to another, to ensure that students have a full professional skill set from which to start in animal practice.

Option 2 – Masterclass Pathway (all 8 Modules) leading to a Certificate of Competence from the ESO/AOI

The Masterclass Pathway payment options are for students who know from the start that they intend to fulfil the entire Level II Pathway. It includes:

  • All online content including live webinars;
  • All practicums, including refreshments (and lunch on full days);
  • All assessments and assignments;
  • First refusal on all practicum dates to ensure that you can attend the dates you want;
  • A fluid learning environment that allows you to develop your knowledge in a way that helps you to integrate both your theoretical and practical skills from one module to another;
  • Ongoing support and continuity with your cohort, to instil a sense of camaraderie with your group and fellow colleagues. This offers a much nicer sense of community when undertaking group activities.

Prices of the MCP Pathway:

  1. Payment in FULL: £3449.00 Saving £299.00 off the per module payment option.
  2. Payment by monthly instalments (over 12 months) £3649. Saving £99 on the per module price (£304 per month)

Note: MCP pathway students also get first refusal on all practical events, as numbers are limited. This is a significant benefit of the MCP pathway.