Visceral Considerations Part 3: Canine Endocrine & Urogenital system


This module is perfect for those who want to learn more about the canine endocrine and urogenital 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 1 and Part 2

Who can apply for this module?

This advanced module is for any AOI Canine Diploma or ESO Diploma (post-2014) graduate or experienced canine osteopath. If you are an experienced canine osteopath, you may be eligible to take the course as a standalone CPD. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception). All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.


  • Functional anatomy, relative neurology, patho/physiology and mechanics of the endocrine and urogenital 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 Endocrine and Urogenital systems;
  • MSK conditions that may have underlying viscera-somatic/endocrine/urinary components;
  • Contraindications and indications of these patients;
  • Working alongside the vet to support endocrine and urogenital system issues;
  • Key considerations when approaching/treating a canine patient with endocrine and urogenital, including modifications for presenting co-morbidities;
  • Osteopathic assessments of the visceral patient;
  • Techniques aiming to influence/support the endocrine and urogenital systems;
  • Osteopathic model approach to treatment of the endocrine and urogenital systems;
  • Drawing findings together to create high-quality and effective treatment and management plans.

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. 


Our canine advanced course practicums are currently due to run in the UK at Emery Down in the New Forest National Park. We are, however, also exploring a facility in Canada.

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).

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