Visceral Considerations Part 1: Respiratory & Cardiovascular


A dual modality course for advanced canine osteopathic practitioners who want to study visceral osteopathic approaches to canine patients. It is open to those who have completed the Diploma Pathway in its entirety or already hold all the necessary prerequisites – see below for more data.

Course layout 

Total number of study hours (taught content online, assessments, assignments, 1 day practical event and self-directed study time): 38 hours
Price:  £399 (flexible payments available – fees apply) 
Typically to be taken at the same time as Part 2 and Part 3

Flexible study and flexible payments – you can’t ask for more!

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.

Who can apply for this module?

This advanced module is for any AOI level II (or past equivalent i.e. Stage II or ESO Diploma post- 2014) graduate or experienced canine osteopath. It is also open to canine physiotherapists/chiropractors and veterinary/canine therapy professionals, who have completed the Level II Diploma modules (or can provide evidence that they have successfully done so with another educational institution). An advanced Level II conversion course is available for those wishing to enter the advanced level II modules directly, but have not followed the AOI’s level one and two programme. Proof of prior experience and education will essential (without exception) and all conversion students at this point, must be working osteopathically with dogs. All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.

Application Notice:

If you apply for the Advanced Diploma Pathway, informing us that you are up to the required standard, and during the early part of your studies, your grades, theoretical and/or technical skills indicate that you are not, we will require that you to put your current studies on hold and undertake the appropriate Level I or Diploma modules before continuing. This is simply to guide the student accordingly, so successful completion is more likely. No refunds will be made for the modules that you have or are completing at the time. As such, please ensure that you apply for the right level and do not “up-sell” yourself, to bypass Level I. Doing so could be costly and is not professional. We will always do our very best to support your journey, but we do expect all applicants to be open and honest about their level of competence.

Indicative content:

  • Functional anatomy, relative neurology, patho/physiology and mechanics of the Respiratory & Cardiovascular systems and the importance of these structures; 
  • Typical presentations of Endo/Uro patients; 
  • Key findings (during case history taking) which may suggest involvement of the Respiratory & Cardiovascular systems;
  • 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 & 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 & Cardiovascular systems;
  • Drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols.

Module structure, online format and internet requirements:

This modules looks at the canine Respiratory & Cardiovascular system including structure, function, assessment and osteopathic treatment approaches.

This course will be delivered online, via our platform AND via a face to face teaching practicum in the UK – unless student numbers dictate otherwise. Students will also be made a part of the online community via Facebook where Facebook LIVE drop-ins will take place for questions. For our generic AOI group page click HERE

Because this module will be partly delivered online, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay of any live events. 

You will have 24 months from the start of any given Module to complete all aspects, including any practicums you are enlisted to attend as part of your studies. This is not the time required, but rather a safety net for international students who may wish to consolidate practicums to reduce the number of journeys taken. 


Those who successfully complete this module will be awarded a digital AOI Certificate of Completion. Students who go on to complete ALL compulsory modules of Advanced Diploma successfully, will be issued with an Advanced Diploma in Osteopathic Approach to the Canine Patient internally validated by European School of Osteopathy.


Attendees of Advanced Diploma Modules must either have completed the AOI’s Level II Diploma or the equivalent – such as ESO’s Canine Stage II or ESO/University of Greenwich PG Certificate or Diploma Canine Osteopathy and have provided AOI with clear evidence of existing knowledge base. To apply, you must either be known as a student of the AOI’s or be able to provide clear evidence (such as a course mapping document) that demonstrates your existing knowledge base. This must be provided in English. along with a valid insurance certificate.

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. 

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. 

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 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.

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.

Important information: Practical cancellations

Please note that minimum numbers will be required in order to run the practical session for this module in the UK. That being 6 students. If minimum numbers are not met, AOI reserves the right to cancel the event (within 30 days of the expected date) but will reschedule the event. If for any reason, AOI has to cancel the course within 14 days, (due to extreme circumstances – such as COVID – or a failure on the behalf of our third-party facilities), you will be issued with a new date for the practicum event as soon as the AOI can reschedule it. As a result of the uncertainty that we all currently face, we do not advise that you book any accommodation, flights or travel arrangements in advance without acquiring full cancellation options. AOI will not be held responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such pre-booking because we firmly recommend that you only do so with appropriate insurance or cancellation cover in place.

Dog model notice: 

Dogs that attend this module MUST be fit and healthy in all ways, and they must be of excellent temperament. As a rule, we will only ever let a dog model for one session per day i.e. morning or afternoon. This is because neurological testing work is not appropriate as a whole day activity. This means that you will need to consider where your dog will stay when they are not being worked upon. We run this module in the cooler months, so popping them back in your car will be an option and regular breaks will be given.

Location for Canine Practicums

Our canine practicums will take place in (or near to) the beautiful New Forest District, UK. There is a chance that if student numbers in any given country exceed 18, that we will consider sending the teaching team out, instead of bringing the students to us. BUT this must never be assumed at the start of a cohort, as we cannot know, until we confirm student numbers (which can vary year on year) if this is possible. If this option becomes available in any given country, you will be informed. 

If you would like to apply for this course or be kept in the loop when it arrives, please send an email to us at to demonstrate an interest. We look forward to having you onboard!

Our Level II Pathway is internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy. For more information on the ESO, go to: