Canine Spine: Module Three

Canine Spine: Module Three

FORMAT: Online theory and a 1.5 day clinical within the main year two practicum.

This module includes a review of osteology. myology and arthrology, plus in-depth vascular and neurological functional anatomy. We then explore fascia, the correlation between all of these elements, to enhance clinical application. Additionally, we look at gait in more detail, global spine and joint specific biomechanics, and apply relevant research in the field to provide an evidence based approach. Lastly, we look at assessment considerations and pathological analysis (to widen your differential hypotheses), and a case example to illustrate osteopathic integration.

Prerequisites to Module THREE

 Students typically undertake this module as part of the Diploma Programme. As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed year one or be able to evidence that you already practice canine osteopathy professionally and hold suitable osteopathic certification. 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.


  • A review of the osteology, myology and arthrology of the spine.
  • Advanced functional canine spinal anatomy and mechanics
  • This includes in-depth vascular and neurological anatomy.
  • Relevant canine spinal pathological conditions to highlight content.
  • Advanced functional canine spinal anatomy and biomechanics (cervical, thoracic, ribs, lumbar, caudal and sacral),
  • Overview of Myofascial Kinetic Chains (and commonly associated symptoms).
  • Relevant canine spinal orthopaedic/pathological conditions,
  • Advanced tissue specific palpation to enhance your assessment of the canine spine
  • Advanced testing of the spine (joint, muscle, ligament, tendon) to enhance your assessment of the canine spine
  • Understanding your spinal findings and drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols
  • High practical content with demonstrations and practical,
  • Low student to dog ratio (1 between every 2-3 students),
  • Low tutor to student ratio (maximum 1:7 students).


The practicum for this module is subsumed within the 11-day year two practicum. This format is new to 2022 and is slightly different to that which is being offered to 2020 and 2021 students. 

2022 – UK only (for those who joined us in 2021 or come onboard via a conversion course

2023 – Denmark (Hirtshals)and Canada (Calgary) and UK

2024 – Denmark (Hirtshals)and Canada (Calgary), USA (Maryland) and UK

If you are interested in taking this module as standalone CPD, please click on the fish to contact us today.

The Academic Pathway is validated by the European School of Osteopathy. Kent. UK