The Canine Head (inc. The TMJ & Hyoid)


COVID 19 has made us re-think of overall educational strategy, to ensure that we can still deliver workshops and courses to our students around the world, without interruption. As such, you will see that we have taken Level I and Level II online, offering a dual modality pathway that allows students to learn online before attending face to face workshops. This radically reduces the number of visits necessary, sometimes down to trip, saving our students thousands in expenses and lost time at work. It also works better for students who have families and other academic commitments.

Total number of study hours: 40 hours

This includes: Taught online content, one and a half day practicum, assessment, assignments and self-directed learning and practice.

Price: £525.00 (flexible payments available).

This new approach is wonderful for our students, but it has (and will continue to) created a lot of work for our teaching and management team over the next 6-12 months, so please bear with us whilst we re-construct the various courses for you. If you are already a qualified animal practitioner, using an osteopathic approach with your patients, and would like to attend one of the Level II Modules, please email us on

Indicative content:

  • 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
  • Drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols

Who can apply: This course is designed for canine musculoskeletal professionals who have solid academic knowledge and significant hands on experience in the field of canine osteopathic medicine. Proof of prior experience and education is essential. AOI Canine Diploma students get automatic access.

Pre-requisites: Attendees must have completed a minimum of  Canine Level (Stage) I & Level (Stage) II ESO/AOI course or the equivalent and have provided AOI with clear evidence of existing knowledge base. AOI Canine Advanced Diploma students get automatic access.

All applicants must have:

  1. A solid foundation of musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the canine model;
  2. A well versed background in canine anatomy and neuro-anatomy;
  3. A solid canine musculoskeletal assessment process (which includes joint and soft tissue testing)
  4. Knowledge of adjustments/mobilisation and Balanced Ligamentous Tension/Balance Tissue Tension and Myofascial styles of treatment related to the canine patient;
  5. An ability to apply soft tissue, stretching, articulation, mobilisations, Myofascial and Balanced Ligamentous Tension techniques to the canine patient,
  6. Safe and confident handling of the canine model in an therapeutic manner. 
  7. Ideally, have completed AOI’s Level One and Level Two Compulsory modules – or the equivalent.

Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to apply for courses that are suitable to their level of knowledge, competence and experience. As such, please do not apply for courses in the hope that you will somehow be able hide your lack of skills. Doing so will be costly and is not professional. We will not be in a position to give an ill-equipped individual undivided attention, (to bring them up to speed), as this is unfair on other delegates. Refunds will not be issued in these circumstances, (as your place could have been sold to a more suitable candidate) and certificates of completion will not be issued. 

We always do our very best to support student journeys, but we do expect all applicants to be open and honest about their level of competence.

Dog Models: 

Although we can try to locate canine models for students, we actively encouraged UK based delegates to bring a well-behaved dog with them, to maximise the learning experience. Dogs must be happy and healthy, and comfortable being handled, whilst in the same room as other dogs and people. All dogs should have their own insurance in case of accidents and must be able to sit quietly when sitting through the theoretical sections of the day. If you cannot bring a dog with you, please ensure this is mentioned at the time of application.

If you would like to apply for this module or be told about it when it arrives, please send an email to us at to demonstrate an interest and we will add you to our mailing list.

We look forward to having you onboard!