Level I – Generic info.

Our new format saves you time and money and reduces the stresses associated with studying and Travel

New Online & Dual Modality Format.

Designed with YOU in mind.

Level One is all about learning the essentials, the groundwork of the profession. This pathway will give you an opportunity to receive an excellent foundation to a career in animal therapeutics with highly experienced lecturers who teach the classics of osteopathy – modified to the animal patient. You will learn functional anatomy including, arthrology, osteology, myology, and movement analysis. Gait analysis, together with a thorough active and passive assessment routine. You will learn how to communicate with other professionals, write veterinary reports and appropriately request both consent and referral. Treatment-wise, you will be taught soft tissue, articulation and stretching techniques, which are suitable for many canine patients. 

Ultimately, we will teach you how to work effectively with animal patients, their owners and the veterinary profession. At the end of Level One, we expect our graduates to treat happy, healthy dogs/horses safely and effectively. Examples, such as working dogs (or happy hackers) or those a little more elderly, for whom a generalised treatment would only be beneficial. We do not however, endorse that graduates of Level One alone treat pathological or neurological cases, but rather work with a more experienced practitioner or closely with a veterinary surgeon until they complete the compulsory modules of level two and hold Diploma status. This is for the safety of the animals you treat and also to ensure that you are in-line with regulator’s expectations. That being that we work within our scope of practice

At AOI, we separate equine and canine courses for four good reasons:

  1. Not all students want to work with both large and small animals.
  2. Horses and dogs are not the same. They are exposed to very different day to day stresses and environments.
  3. Pathologically, their risks and presentations are COMPLETELY different and you cannot safely treat an animal if you’re working blind. We would never treat a human without a working hypothesis and so, it stands to reasons that we should do the same with animal patients.
  4. From a behavioural perspective, they are radically different to work with (one is a prey animal and one a predator) and appropriately communicating with your animal patients can make the world of difference to how you treat and how effective you can be.


As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level I and Level II pathways will be delivered online and (where applicable) via dual modality (with practicums).  Under the new format, students can study the online elements at their own pace and then come to the UK for one consolidated practicum. This radically reduces flight costs for international  students. Level I MCP and Level II Diploma pathways are internally validated by the ESO.

Why is Formal Training So Important?

Many people think that “seeing the odd canine patient is safe”. It is not! That is because it’s not what you know (or necessarily do) in animal practice that harms. It’s what you DON’T know. In some cases, leaving a horse untreated for 2-3 days may cause death if you’ve said “oh, let’s just see how he goes” and the owner trusts you enough not to call out a vet. That’s why we teach equine and canine separately and why we strongly dissuade practitioners in human practice from dabbling with animals. For one thing, this is against the OPS (if you are an osteopath), it can be dangerous and is unprofessional.

Horses and dogs are NOT the same creatures. They suffer vastly different pathologies, live very different lives and any good osteopath knows that a wide range of external and internal factors affect the health of any creature.

We’ll teach you how to work effectively with animal patients, their owners and the veterinary profession. This is because not only is it a legal requirement to work within your scope of practice, but because the commercial landscape of animal therapy is changing rapidly. Corporates are buying out small veterinary practices and setting their own boundaries. This means that anyone wanting to work in animal therapeutics needs to have a strong and competent skill set.

Level I commences the exploration of functional anatomy and movement analysis at a level that is necessary for any professional animal practitioner; and, we will teach your how to integrate your thinking, such that you become holistic in your considerations from the start. This will give you a solid basis upon which to grow as a practitioner. Offering you a much better chance at competing in today’s animal market.

Courses are currently running in Canine and Equine. Feline courses are on the way in 2021.

If you wish for us to keep you up to date with course information, please drop us a quick email to contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com and ask us to sign you up for our newsletters below, so that we can send you course data as it is release.

Our pathway courses are internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy. For more information on the ESO, go to: https://www.eso.ac.uk