Diploma – Generic information.

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Canine Functional Osteopathic Practitioners use techniques that help the animal to regain vitality; supporting the whole health model of animal care. This is achieved through the analysis of any anatomical, pathological and environmental factors that may be affecting the animal’s wellbeing, and a care-plan is constructed specifically for the individual. Consequently, the main aim of this course is to teach existing practitioners how to fully evaluate the canine patient, taking nothing for granted and using the power of analysis and investigation to identify the cause of imbalance within the canine body.

Functional Osteopathy is built on the concept that all living beings can achieve good health, if they are given the right environment to do so. It also assumes that no two animals are the same and as such, no two care-plans can be the same. Employing gentle, but highly focused assessments, and working with other veterinary professionals, Functional Osteopathic Practitioners can attain a clear picture of the animal’s health; and produce a care-plan for the individual to achieve balance between the structure and function.

Our two-year Diploma programme is intended for clinical practitioners, such as vets, vet techs, osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and similarly qualified professionals. It is taught in line with the criteria set at higher education level 6 and 7 over two years and equates to 1200hrs of total learning.  This means you will need to set aside, 10-15 hours a week for your studies, depending upon your existing skills and knowledge base.

The course is taught via blended learning with online theory and hundreds of hours of demonstrative videos, plus two high quality consolidated practicums taught by an exceptional osteopathic teaching team.

  • Year one is a 5-day practicum.
  • Year two is a 12-day practicum and clinical review.

This saves you time and money, and reduces the stresses associated with extensive travel.

Practicums for the Diploma are held annually in the UK, and biennially in Denmark and North America.

Standalone CPD (continuing professional development) courses in canine and equine functional therapy/osteopathy are also available in Canada, the USA and New Zealand.

The Diploma programme includes a wide range of online and face-to-face activities that aim to consolidate and cements learning, whilst also allowing you to get to know your colleagues through group activities. This avoids the one thing that students dislike about with online learning – isolation. We also have a dedicated Student Support Manager to help you along the way.

It has been designed for students to learn the essential components of the osteopathic profession. It gives students an opportunity to receive an excellent foundation to a career in animal functional osteopathy/therapy with highly experienced osteopathic lecturers who teach the classics of osteopathy – modified to the animal patient.

AOI focuses on quality and the programme is designed to be robust. Our students do work hard to achieve success, but they are also very proud of the qualifications they hold. Many students continue their education with AOI, to achieve Master Practitioner status. Some go onto run their own courses, write books and for magazines. Others become teachers, open their own schools, and even become PhDs. The options are all open to you because we are a community that believes in a modern educational system that breeds independence and personal success.

As a student of the Diploma you will be taught how to work effectively with canine or equine patients (depending upon your chosen pathway) using manual osteopathic assessments and technique. You will also learn many life skills that will help you to communicate effectively with owners, and other veterinary professionals and gain the necessary toolkit work with animals in a professional setting.

We offer two separate pathways because horses and dogs are totally different creatures and require different approaches of osteopathic care. Please click on your preferred pathway below:
Equine Pathway

Canine Pathway

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