Visceral Considerations in the Canine Patient Part 2: Digestive System


This class is perfect for those who want to learn more about the canine digestive system. How to assess it and what to do with the findings. We will look at indications and contraindications for treatment and functional osteopathic techniques that can be used alone or to support veterinary led treatment.

Total number of study hours (taught content online, assessments, assignments, 1 day practical event and self-directed study time): circa 38 hours
Price:  £399.00 exc. VAT
Typically to be taken at the same time as Part 1 and Part 3


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 a canine osteopath already and wish to attend for CPD purposes only. Proof of prior experience and education is essential. 

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. 


  • Functional anatomy, relative neurology, patho/physiology and mechanics of the digestive system  and the importance of these structures.
  • Typical presentations of digestive system patients.
  • Key findings (during case history taking) which may suggest involvement of the digestive system.
  • MSK conditions that may have underlying viscera-somatic/digestive system components.
  • Contraindications and indications of these patients.
  • Working alongside the vet to support digestive system issues.
  • Key considerations when approaching/treating a canine patient with digestive system presentations, including modifications for presenting co-morbidities.
  • Osteopathic assessments of the visceral patient.
  • Techniques aiming to influence/support the digestive system.
  • Osteopathic model approach to treatment of the digestive system.
  • Drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols.


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).


Our canine practicums will take place in (or near to) the beautiful New Forest District, UK, unless other locations have been advertised at the time of booking. 

If you are interested in taking Level Two or this module as standalone CPD, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content.