The Canine Head (inc. The TMJ & Hyoid)


This intricate module will explore the canine head, neck and TMJ. This vitally important region of the dog, affected by classic and halti head collars, not to mention muzzles, requires isolated attention. As such, students will delve into the anatomy, physiology and common conditions (pathological, neurological, functional and mechanical) that affect this region, in addition to dental considerations. This ensures practitioners can effectively assess and treat, as part of a truly integrated approach.

Price: £525.00 (flexible payments available)

Total study hours will include: Taught online content, one, a practical workshop, assessment, assignments and self-directed learning and practice. More details coming soon.


  • Anatomy of the head, TMJ and hyoid (including osteology, myology and arthrology) 
  • Function and importance of these structures 
  • Pathophysiology/neurological considerations affecting this region
  • Structural/functional considerations when approaching the head, TMJ and hyoid
  • Assessment of the head, TMJ and hyoid
  • Analysing your assessment in order to determine primary and secondary lesion patterns
  • Treatment approaches to the Head, TMJ and hyoid 
  • Dental considerations when dealing with the TMJ
  • Drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols


This module is designed for canine osteopathic/musculoskeletal professionals who have solid academic knowledge and significant hands on experience in the field of canine osteopathic medicine. Students must have completed the Canine Diploma (or an equivalent), unless you are an experienced canine osteopath and wish to attend for CPD purposes only. Proof of prior experience and education is essential. AOI Canine Functional Osteopathic Diploma graduates get automatic access if they have signed up for the Advanced Diploma Pathway.

All applicants must have:

  1. A solid foundation of musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the canine model; 
  2. Qualifications and experience in animal osteopathy to at academic level;
  3. A well versed background in canine anatomy and neuro-anatomy;
  4. A solid canine musculoskeletal assessment process (which includes joint and soft tissue testing)
  5. Knowledge of adjustments/mobilisation and Balanced Ligamentous Tension/Balance Tissue Tension and Myofascial styles of treatment related to the canine patient;
  6. An ability to apply soft tissue, stretching, articulation, mobilisations, Myofascial and Balanced Ligamentous Tension  techniques to the canine patient,
  7. Safe and confident handling of the canine model in a therapeutic manner. 


Our canine advanced practicums are currently due to be delivered in the UK, at Emery Down, in the New Forest National Park. We are however, hoping to run some advanced workshops in Canada.


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.