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


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. Those who complete and pass all 14 modules of the Level Two Academic Pathway will be issued with an Advanced Diploma in Canine Functional Osteopathy

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

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


Students can only undertake this module as part of the Advanced Level Two Pathway which leads to an Advanced Diploma in Equine Functional Therapy (or Osteopathy – as appropriate). As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed the Level One Pathway (or have evidenced that you are already of Level One standard) and have completed Module 1-13 at L2.

Location of the practicum

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. Our canine location is based in Lyndhurst, within the New Forest, UK.


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. As a guide, we typically expect that students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

If you are interested in taking our Level Two Academic Pathway, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content.

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