Below you will see an overview of the online component of Level One for Functional Osteopathy for the Canine Patient and information about the practicum. 

Indicative Online Content:

  1. Introduction and health and safety considerations;
  2. Dog handling and canine paces;
  3. Osteopathic Studies for the canine patient – Part I;
  4. Palpation practice;
  5. Canine behavioural science;
  6. Case history taking and report writing;
  7. Global assessment, gait and active assessment;
  8. Forelimb anatomy (arthrology, osteology and myology), orthopaedic considerations and forelimb assessment;
  9. Hindlimb anatomy (arthrology, osteology and myology), orthopaedic considerations, hindlimb and assessment
  10. Thoracic and lumbar anatomy (arthrology, osteology and myology), orthopaedic considerations and assessment;
  11. Cervical anatomy (arthrology, osteology and myology), orthopaedic considerations and cervical assessment;
  12. Integration of the dog as a whole (bonus content)
  13. Soft tissue theory and application;
  14. Stretching theory and application;
  15. Joint articulation theory and application;
  16. Osteopathic integration;
  17. Creating treatment plans, home management advice and considerations;
  18. Paraprofessional communications; 
  19. Legal and regulatory landscape; 
  20. Summary and consolidation of learning.

Online alone is NEVER enough!!

In addition to the above online content, Level One students will attend a 4-5 day high quality practicum and assessment process that will help to consolidate the student’s learning, review what they have covered online and practice all assessments and techniques that have been taught. Summative clinical assessments will take place at the end of the practicum. 


Level One Canine is intended to take 8-10 months to complete, including the practicum, but students are given 24 months access from the commencement of their studies, to allow for any challenges faced. 

The course  includes: 16 online modules with extensive presentations, videos and transcriptions to help foreign students. 6 on-demand webinars, live drop-in student sessions and case analysis plus self-directed learning, practical exploration, critical reflection and live practicum and assessments. 

Level of teaching and learning:

Level One has been written in line with the UK Academic Framework (Level 6-7) to guarantee that our students have undertaken a course of good academic and clinical standing. This means that students will have to feel comfortable engaging with new learning material, thinking autonomously (and critically) throughout the course and successfully completing the online elements. Students are then required to engage with written and practical/viva assessments and autonomously prepared clinical cases. All of this is required to pass the programme. 

Studying the Functional Osteopathic Academic Pathway is the only way for successful students to be awarded formal certification by the AOI and ESO. Students are reminded that Level One is the first of three levels  within the Functional Osteopathic Academic Pathway and it is assumed that the minimum amount of study a student will undertake before going into clinical  practice  is Level One and the seven modules of Level Two Compulsory. 

Online format and internet requirements:

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer to undertake this course and they must be comfortable working online. Smartphones and tablets are not suitable. Students must also be happy navigating around websites and Facebook. 

All 16 modules, 6 on-demand webinars and student drop-in sessions will be delivered online. As such, students must be able to ensure reliable internet connectivity. AOI cannot be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you are attending a “live” webinar as part of your chosen route of learning, and you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay. 

If you hold a degree in a therapeutic subject – such as Veterinary Physiotherapy or Chiropractic, you maybe able  to bypass some of Level One course via a conversion course.