Visceral Considerations Part 1: Canine Respiratory & Cardiovascular


This course is perfect for those who want to learn more about the canine CVS and Respiratory 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.

This module includes: Taught content online, assessments, assignments, a practical workshop and self-directed study time). Typically to be taken at the same time as Part 2 and Part 3


This course is for graduates of the AOI Diploma and experienced canine osteopaths. All applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma Pathway or be able to demonstrate the equivalent. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception).

We are strict about the prerequisites to this course because it is essential that any student who attends this course has excellent anatomical knowledge and works with dogs regularly. This is to ensure the accuracy of the techniques used and, thus, the safety of all those you treat. If you cannot recall your canine anatomy easily, we urge you to undertake some revision before purchasing this module or speak to us about taking one of our Canine Anatomy CPD Units.

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 a therapeutic manner. 

Indicative content:

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

International Students and English Requirements

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 they 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 students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

Location for Canine Practicums

Emery Down Village Hall. Lyndhurst, Hampshire. UK.. 

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