Functional Adjustments / Mobilisations for the Canine Patient


This module is perfect for those who want to learn adjustment/mobilisation techniques for dogs and who have a solid grounding in canine osteopathy.

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.

Who can apply for this course?

This module is for students who have completed the AOI Canine Diploma and experienced canine osteopaths who can provide evidence that they have already learned the content we cover in our Diploma course. This is purely a matter of safety.

All applicants must have successfully completed the Canine Diploma Pathway (or be able to demonstrate the equivalent). A canine osteopathic conversion course is available for those wishing to enter year two of our Diploma directly. Please click HERE for more information. Proof of prior experience and education is essential.

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 dogs regularly. 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 or to take one of our online canine anatomy courses. Ask for more detail.

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 course likely to be released?

This course will be released in 2024, if not before.

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 this course as standalone CPD, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content.