Level I Series – Generic info.

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

New Online & Dual Modality Format.

Designed with YOU in mind.

Level I is all about learning the fundamentals; the groundwork if you will. This pathway will give you an opportunity to receive an excellent foundation to a career in animal therapeutics with highly experienced lecturers who teach real animal osteopathy. You will learn functional anatomy, biomechanics, gait analysis, together with a thorough active and passive assessment routine. You will learn how to communicate with 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 typical canine patients. For more specific information, please go to the relevant level I pages.

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

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

  1. Not all students want to work with both large and small animals.
  2. Horses and dogs are not the same. They suffer different day to day exposures, suffer from radically different pathologies and are very different to treat. That’s why individual vets rarely treat both!


COVID 19 has made us re-think our strategy. As such, we will be delivering many aspects of this course online, starting Mid-July 2020. We will also run regular face to face clinics for additional hands on practical support (for our Level I Masterclass Pathway), which will allow you to concrete your theoretical knowledge, fine tune techniques and allow us to evaluate your progress. This time will also offer an opportunity for you to work closely with our team and receive valuable feedback about your work.

One of the key differences in the set-up of the practical, is that we will run some of the practicums back to back, such that for those wishing to come to the UK for fewer visits, they can stay and fulfil more than one module at a time.

In addition, you will see that some Level I modules can be taken as standalone courses. This is for students who have a specific need and do not want to engage with the whole Level I ESO Internally Validated Pathway.

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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 soon.