Module 14 – Advanced Clinical Competence & Professional Practice – Canine Level II

Module 14 is part of the elective level two pathway for those who want to achieve an Advanced Diploma in Canine Functional Therapy (or Osteopathy – as appropriate).

Advanced Diploma Awarded Title: Advanced Canine Functional (or Osteopathic – as appropriate) Therapeutic Practitioner

Module 14 is the last part of the Advanced Diploma Pathway. It includes case-based discussion, evaluation (and critical reflection of one’s learning), in-depth osteopathic considerations and an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery via an open teaching clinic & viva assessment. Successful completion leads to a Certificate of Attendance from the AOI – when taken in isolation or as part of the Advanced Diploma in Canine Functional Therapy (or Osteopathy – as appropriate) which is internally validated by the ESO.

Module content includes: online webinar, assessments, assignments, 1.5 day practical assimilation clinic, open practical assessment, case studies, self-directed study/practice time and clinical reflection).
Price:  £475.00

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  • This module is used to fine tune your skills and demonstrating your osteopathic knowledge and clinical applications of all taught content to date;
  • It is the final aspect of the Level II pathway and the final module; 
  • It is open only to students who have successfully completed Modules 1-13 at Level II to this point;
  • It includes an online summary, 1.5 day practicum in the UK, assignments and assessments;
  • You must successfully complete ALL aspects to be given a completion certificate; 
  • There will be assessments – theory and practical (that make up your final examinations);
  • You will need to come to the UK for the practicum, unless local groups are large enough to dictate otherwise; 
  • It costs £475.00 for 1.5 days of high quality practical plus ALL aspects of online content, assessments and certification. Flexible payment options are available. 
  • The practical assimilation clinic which precedes the student assessment process, uses up a full day. The other half a day will be used for the assessment process itself, but students are asked to leave a full day free, as we cannot confirm your assessment time until the cohort numbers are complete. During day two, a tutor will be made available to assist the group with any practical content they wish to review.

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 elective modules 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 elective Level II pathway leads to an Advanced Diploma in Canine Functional Therapy (or Osteopathy – as appropriate), internally validated by the ESO.

This module is designed to instil and concrete our student’s knowledge, skills and confidence, to ensure that by the end of the Advanced Diploma Pathway they can:

  1. Safely and competently assess a range of suitable canine patients, who present with MSK or neurological signs and symptoms;
  2. Identify cases that present with MSK signs and symptoms, but turn our to be pathological in nature, requiring immediate referral; 
  3. Fully evaluate all aspects of a canine case, to reach a truly holistic hypothesis in-line with osteopathic considerations and thinking;
  4. Skilfully create treatment and management plans to suit each canine patient, supported by a well considered osteopathic hypothesis; 
  5. Develop safe, useful and empathetic advice for canine owners, to support the needs of canine patients., where lifestyle and/or environment changes are necessary for a successful outcome;
  6. Manage uncertainty where it arises; 
  7. Critically reflect on any given scenario and 
  8. Perform within a professional veterinary environment at a level that makes them a valuable member of the team; 
  9. Refer whenever necessary, providing supportive reports that suit the veterinary profession; 
  10. Start up their own practice in the knowledge that they can successfully manage most referred cases. 
  • Discussion of the course to date and the layout of the practicums, assessments and teaching clinic;
  • Check list and support with student portfolios; 
  • Open practical clinic to concrete any challenges and fine tune skills; 
  • End of Level II teaching clinic – build and concrete your confidence in assessing and treating the canine patient in a supportive environment;
  • Undertake “start to finish” assessments and treatment protocols utilising the osteopathic sieve;
  • Form working hypotheses, discuss effective technique and management plans with rationale (osteopathic, anatomical and biomechanical) to support your conclusions;
  • Undertake effective application of suitable techniques in a clinical situation;
  • Demonstrate your knowledge to date via viva-style questions from your tutor;
  • Interact with your peers to enhance your learning process by offering/receiving feedback;
  • High practical content with feedback and support from the teaching team.

Teaching Ratios: Lecturer to student ratio is 1:9

Prerequisites to Module 7

Students can undertake this module as part of the Advanced Level II Pathway which leads to an Advanced Diploma in Canine Functional Therapy (or Osteopathy – as appropriate). As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed the Level I Pathway (or have evidenced that you are already of Level I standard) and that you have completed Module 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Level II. 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. We also ensure at this stage of learning, that any student who attends this course, has maintained their anatomical knowledge. This is to ensure accuracy of technique and thus, safety of all those you treat. If you cannot recall your canine anatomy easily, we would urge you to do so in advance of this module. 

When is Module 14 likely to run?

This is the final module that makes up the ELECTIVE element of the Level Two Pathway (for those wanting to achieve Advanced Diploma status). As such, it is next likely to run in 2022, but this will be constantly reviewed in line with the speed of our level II students. This module is only open to those on the Level II Pathway. As such, it will be released when students are nearing the end of their Module 13 studies. Please note: International students who are wishing to consolidate their Level II practicums (to reduce travel costs), may do so, but this must be agreed at the start of educational circuit. This means that a student could fulfil the online elements of Modules 1-13 and then come to the UK for all the practicums, plus module 7, which (in total) will be run over a two week and 2 day period (with two weekend breaks in between). 

Module structure, online format and internet requirements:

This course will mostly be delivered via a face to face teaching practicum in the UK. Students will also be made a part of the online community via Facebook where Facebook LIVE drop-ins will take place for questions.  Because this module will be partly delivered online, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay of any live events that occur. 

Students MUST assume that we will be teaching the practicum in the UK, unless they have been offered other alternatives

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Those who successfully complete this module will be awarded a digital AOI Certificate of Completion. Students who go on to complete ALL compulsory and elective modules of Level II successfully, will be issued with an Advanced Diploma in Canine Functional Therapy (or Osteopathy – as appropriate), internally validated by European School of Osteopathy.

Practical session requirements:

Students must have the capacity to come to the UK for the practical sessions and assessments. Without this, no certification will be issued. As such, student require both the time and financial resources to attend the UK based practicum within 24 months of module commencement. Advanced Diploma Pathway students will be given first refusal on practical dates (these are students who are paying for the full Advanced Diploma over 12 months). Please, note that if you pay a module at a time, you may not get the dates of your choice if the course is busy, because limited numbers per practical event do apply. As such, if dates are vital to your plans and you want to take the Diploma, we would encourage you to sign up for the full Advanced Diploma pathway from day one. Especially international students who want to book the practicums for all Advanced Diploma modules in one visit.

Students are also responsible for the necessary acquisition of any visas that they need to enter the UK and we urge all students to visit the UK government website BEFORE booking on this module, to make yourself fully aware of any additional costs, travel restrictions, COVID testing requirements or quarantine periods that may be enforced as a result of your travel to the UK. We also suggest that you acquire suitable travel insurance to suit your needs. 

AOI will not be held responsible for costs incurred as a result of student naïveté. As a professional we expect you to do all the necessary research BEFORE booking any dual modality course – especially if you are coming into the UK as an international visitor.

Please note: The course does not cover the cost of travel, transfers or accommodation. It includes only refreshments (and a light lunch on the full day of the practicums). Please dress appropriately and brings laters and an all weather coat if you are not used to the changeable British weather.

Location of the practicum

South England, United Kingdom.

Owing to the nature of this particular practical event, and the need for the inclusion of internal and external examiners, we do not envisage running this event outside the UK in the next 12-18 months. This is because we must be able to guarantee the quality of the event and all associated assessments.

International Students – English Language Requirements

We are happy to take national and international students but all students MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language (both written and spoken), so as to ensure that you can make the most of the course and its contents. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise and no refunds will be made on these grounds.

Bookings for Practicums 

AOI cannot be held responsible for any losses made as a result of accommodation, transportation or flight bookings (or any associated costs – such as visas). As such, we recommend that bookings are only made, where a full refund option is available or where you, the student, is willing to uphold any lost fees/charges. We also recommend that you take out suitable insurance for the duration of your visit to cover all eventualities. This is because we are living in exceptional times where (sadly) nothing can be guaranteed. Further information about travel can be found below.

Important information: Please read below…

Please note that minimum numbers will be required in order to run the practical session for this module in the UK. That being 6 students. If minimum numbers are not met, AOI reserves the right to cancel the event (within 30 days of the expected date) but will reschedule the event. If for any reason, AOI has to cancel the course within 14 days, (due to extreme circumstances – such as COVID – or a failure on the behalf of our third-party facilities), you will be issued with a new date for the practicum event as soon as the AOI can reschedule it. As a result of the uncertainty that we all currently face, we do not advise that you book any hotels, flights or travel arrangements in advance without cancellation options. AOI will not be held responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such pre-booking because we firmly recommend that you only do so with appropriate insurance or cancellation cover in place. 

Our pathway courses are internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy. For more information on the ESO, go to: