Level II Canine Series – New Format

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

Designed with YOU in mind.

Students have 24 months from the start of each module – offering maximum flexibility and a chance to consolidate practicum sessions.

AOI has been delivering courses with the ESO since 2014. Our courses are open to all animal professionals who have a clinical background and fulfil criteria.


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.

Students who successfully complete the Diploma study circuit, can further enhance their learning through the Advanced Diploma Pathway.

Level II courses are intended for those with prior experience in a professional level canine therapy.

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. Vluggen Institute student or graduate;
  4. Certification from the Osteopathic Centre for Animals;
  5. UCO PG Certificate in Animal Osteopathy;
  6. Veterinary physiotherapy – foundation level only;
  7. 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 or horse (as appropriate to the course in question):

  1. Have an understanding of osteopathic concepts and philosophy and can comfortably integrate that knowledge into your case questioning, assessment process and treatment/management regime, so that it is reflected in your approach as a practitioner. 
  2. Have a sound knowledge of MSK functional canine anatomy;
  3. Be able to take a thorough case history – to include physical, emotional and environmental factors.
  4. Be able to write a clear and concise vet report that professional explains your findings;
  5. Be able to undertake an effective movement/gait analysis;
  6. 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.
  7. Consider a logical list of differentials – based on your findings;
  8. Request appropriate tests by the vet if required;
  9. Conclude with a working hypothesis;
  10. Devise an effective treatment plan and undertake appropriate structural treatment – to include: articulation, soft tissue and stretching;
  11. Offer sound home advice and a management plan to the owner.

If you cannot undertake such a routine (competently and safely) or this process is something that you have not performed in the last 12-24 months, we highly recommend that you first take Level I. If however, you feel that you have a good handle on most of the above content, but do not have an osteopathic background (or would just like the opportunity to refresh and join Day 0 for extra hands on experience ), we recommend a Canine Conversion Course (see below). 

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.

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 you can take more than one practicum at a time if you wish. Ask for more details.

Those wishing to bypass level I from a non-osteopathic background, would be required to undertake a Canine Osteopathic Conversion Course. This will help to ensure that you understand the backbone of osteopathic principles and approaches before embarking upon Level II courses. 

Whilst we appreciate that there is some overlap between other manual/physical therapies and osteopathic approaches to the animal patient, there are also fundamental differences (especially at the more advanced levels of study). As such, it is important that we ensure that all those who study with us, understand these differences and practice in a way that embraces this subtle yet powerful way of assessing and treating. 

It is also our expectation that any prospective students who applies directly to level II, does so in the knowledge that their functional anatomy is well versed and up to date. 

If you feel that you fulfil criteria and want to enrol on the Level II Diploma Pathway, drop us a line on contact@animalosteoppathyinternational.com and we can send you an application form and answer any questions you may have. We are also happy to arrange meetings – via Skype or Click Meeting (our teaching platform) for those who would prefer to talk to us about their experience and where thy might fit in. Please remember, we are here to help you, so don’t be afraid to reach. out 

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

The Advanced Diploma is an extension of the Level Two compulsory modules, for those who want the full and unabridged osteopathic toolkit. These modules extend your veterinary and osteopathic knowledge and enhance the tests and techniques you can use to safely manage diverse clinical cases.

Please note: All Level Two modules can be taken in isolation. However, students must realise that they are intended to be taken as a pathway, and as such, there maybe some reference to previous modules in the coursework. Graduates of individual modules will only be given a CPD Certificate if taken in isolation and out of sequence. Please also be aware that some modules have prerequisite modules.

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 animal 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.

Level II Canine Diploma Course Pages:

Compulsory modules (300 total study hours)

Module 1: Osteopathic Concepts & Philosophies (Part II) 

Module 2: The Canine Limbs 

Module 3: The Canine Spine

Module 4: General Health Screening (GHS) & Functional Neurology

Module 5: Balanced Ligamentous (and Tissue) Tension for the Canine Patient

Module 6: Veterinary Approach to Canine Conditions with Osteopathic Considerations & Integration

Module 7: Clinical Competence & Professional Practice

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Payment Options

Option 1 – Pay Per Module.

On each of the 7 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 Diploma, 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.

Total price of all 7 modules would be: £3023.00 (if each module is paid in full).

Option 2 – Diploma Pathway (all 7 Modules) leading to a Diploma in Functional Therapy (or Osteopathy if legally appropriate for the student) from the ESO/AOI

The Diploma 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 sessional 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 Diploma Pathway:

  1. Payment in FULL: £2871.00 Saving £152.00 off the per module payment option.
  2. Payment by monthly instalments (over 12 months) £3023.00 or £251.92 per month (this includes a 5% fee)

Note: Diploma Pathway students also get first refusal on all practical events, as numbers are limited. This is a significant benefit of this 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