Adjustments / Mobilisations for the Canine Patient – Level Two Module 8


Module 8 is the first module of the Advanced Academic Level Two Pathway. This module is perfect for those who want to learn adjustment/mobilisation techniques for dogs and who have a solid grounding in canine anatomy and plenty of clinical experience with canine patients. This course is not for beginners nor practitioners without an appropriate level of clinical competence and experience.

You will be taught the indications and contraindications of adjustment techniques to ensure safety at every level. You will also be taught the difference between the various forms of adjustment/mobilisation and how each work, and, of course you will be taught appropriate assessments and adjustment techniques to suit this level of learning.


As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level Two pathway (Diploma & Advanced Diploma), will be delivered online and (where applicable) via blended learning (with practicums). Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time or they can study the online elements of all Advanced Diploma and then come to the UK for one consolidated practicum. This radically reduces flight costs for international students.

Who can apply for Module 8?

This course is for graduates of the AOI Level Two Diploma and experienced canine osteopaths. All applicants must have successfully completed Modules 1-7 of the Level Two Diploma Pathway (or be able to demonstrate the equivalent. A canine osteopathic conversion course is available for those wishing to enter our Level Two modules directly, but have not followed the AOI’s Level One programme. Please click HERE for more information. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception).

We are strict about the prerequisites to this course because it is important that any student that attends this course, has excellent anatomical knowledge and works with horses regularly. This is to ensure accuracy of technique and thus, safety of all those you treat. If you cannot recall your equine anatomy easily, we would urge you to do so in advance of this module or to take one of our Canine Anatomy CPD Units.

Online blended learning module with a 2.5 high quality small group practicum.
Price:  £725.00 (flexible payment available)

To attend, you are expected to already have:

  1. A firm understanding of musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the canine model;
  2. A solid and well versed canine musculoskeletal and neurological assessment process;
  3. Ability to competently apply soft tissue, stretching and articulation techniques to the canine patient;
  4. Safe and confident handling with a range of of canine models in a therapeutic manner;
  5. A thorough understanding of osteopathic concepts and an ability to think in an integrated fashion, which encompasses the whole dog.

Indicative content- online and via a live practicum

  • The restrictive barrier, what does this really mean?
  • Theories of mobilisation adjustments and toggles
  • Indications/contraindications to technique
  • Effective clinical assessment to ensure the correct technique is being used
  • Joint line palpation – are you where you think you are?
  • How to ensure effective technique
  • Types of ‘High velocity, Low amplitude techniques’
  • “It’s all about the click” – or is it?
  • Finding the barrier – finesse
  • Applying the ‘thrust’
  • Effective application of mobilisation adjustments and toggle techniques – skill not force!
  • Adapting techniques for old and young
  • High practical content with demonstrations and practical

When is this module likely to be released?

The blended learning version of Module 8 is likely to be released in the first quarter of 2022, but maybe before. However, this module makes up the advanced element of the Level Two Pathway (for those wanting to achieve Advanced Diploma status). Please note: International students who are wishing to consolidate their Level Two Advanced Diploma 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 8-14 and then come to the UK for all practicum elements.

2.5 day practical component (must be taken once you have successfully completed the theory element of the course, online.

Location of the practicum

Emery Down Village Hall. Lyndhurst, Hampshire. UK.

International Students and 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. 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 Level Two or this module as standalone CPD, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content.