Veterinary Approach to Canine Conditions with Osteopathic Considerations & Integration L2 Module 6


This course explores the veterinary approach to common pathological and orthopaedic conditions, so that our students understand how veterinarians assess, diagnose and treat. Not only does this offer a deep dive into the mind of a vet, whose approach to canine healthcare is quite different to that of an osteopath or functional therapist. It also allows an inside look at how the various assessments and surgical procedures work and affect the canine patient, both physically and psychologically. With an on-demand webinar session with a vet and our senior osteopathic lecturer, you will listen, as they explore osteopathic considerations and co-treatment strategies linked to some of the discussed conditions. This module offers a fantastic opportunity for students to delve deep into this parallel world of canine medicine and understand how much value osteopathic functional therapy can have within the vet-led model of health.


As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level Two Pathway is being delivered online and (where applicable) via blended learning (with consolidated practicums). Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time, or they can study the online elements of Module 1-7 and then come to the UK for one practicum visit. This would run over 2 weeks plus two days with two weekends in between for respite and revision. Studying in this way, radically reduces flight costs for international students. Successful completion of Modules 1-7 on the Level Two Pathway leads to a Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Canine Patient, validated by the  ESO.

Who can apply for Module 6?

This course is for any AOI level I (or past equivalent) graduate or experienced canine osteopaths. It is also open to physiotherapists/chiropractors and veterinary/animal therapy professionals, who fulfil all level II entry criteria. In additional all applicants must have successfully completed Modules 1-5 of this pathway. A conversion course is available for those wishing to enter 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). All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.

Prerequisites to Module 6

Students can undertake this module as part of the Level Two Academic Pathway. As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed the Level Two Pathway modules 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. 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.

To attend, you are expected to already have:

  1. A firm understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanical knowledge of the canine model;
  2. A solid and well versed canine musculoskeletal and neurological assessment process;
  3. A well developed understanding of typical orthopaedic procedures;
  4. A thorough understanding of osteopathic concepts and an ability to think in an integrated fashion, which encompasses the whole dog;

Total number of study hours (Live webinar, assessments, assignments, case studies and self-directed learning): 30 hours
Price:  £199.00 plus VAT or VATMOSS where applicable

Indicative content FOR MODULE 6

  • Explore veterinary procedures and approaches to commonly seen conditions,
  • Discuss current veterinary considerations, interventions, protocols and management
  • Condition based discussion of osteopathic approach, assessment, treatment and management considerations and protocols
  • An on-demand webinar session with the vet and our senior osteopathic lecturer, exploring the osteopathic considerations and co-treatment strategies linked to some of the discussed conditions.
  • Utilise your osteopathic understanding (models, philosophies, concepts, assessment and techniques) alongside a veterinary approach to enhance your treatment and management intervention rational and efficacy

When is Module 6 likely to be released?

The online version of Module 6 is likely to be released in the third quarter of 2021, but maybe before. Please note: International students who are wishing to consolidate their Level Two 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 1-6 and then come to the UK for all the practicums and module 7, which (in total) will be run over a two week and two day period (with 2 weekend breaks in between). 

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.

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