Level II Canine Series

Level II courses are intended for those with prior experience in the associate animal pathway i.e. canine or equine.

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: 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 professional 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 in 12-24 months, we highly recommend that you either take Level I or attend the appropriate 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.