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Meet London College of Animal Osteopathy course instructor Maria Rondon for Canine Anatomy, Canine Pathology and Diseases

Welcome to
London College of Animal Osteopathy

As a leader in animal osteopathic education, LCAO provides the highest level of training to members of the veterinary and animal care community, osteopaths, and musculoskeletal therapists interested in expanding their career into the field of animal osteopathy.

LCAO programs are endorsed by Animal Osteopathy Worldwide (AOW), a professional association of animal osteopaths as well as Osteopathy Australia (OA). In addition, LCAO canine courses are approved for continuing professional development credits by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).

Meet Maria Rondon, course instructor for Canine Anatomy, Canine Pathology and Diseases.

Welcome to
London College of Animal Osteopathy

As a leader in animal osteopathic education, LCAO provides the highest level of training to members of the veterinary and animal care community, osteopaths, and musculoskeletal therapists interested in expanding their career into the field of animal osteopathy.

LCAO programs are endorsed by Animal Osteopathy Worldwide, a professional association of animal osteopaths Osteopathy Australia and International Veterinary Chiropractic Association approve all LCAO courses as continuous professional development credits.

Welcome to
London College of Animal Osteopathy

As a global leader in animal osteopathic education, LCAO provides the highest level of training to veterinary and osteopathic communities as well as advanced musculoskeletal professionals seeking qualification in animal osteopathy.

LCAO programs are the result of a successful collaboration between renowned animal osteopaths and veterinarians. All training courses and programs are validated by Animal Osteopaths Worldwide (AOW) and are internally accredited by London College of Osteopathy and Health Sciences (LCO).
Meet Maria Rondon, London College of Animal Osteopathy course instructor for Canine Anatomy and Canine Pathology and Diseases.

Learning Options with LCAO

The International Diploma in Animal Osteopathy leads to qualification as an Animal Osteopath and includes both equine and canine training curriculum. You may choose to pursue either streams separately, earning International Diploma in Equine or Canine Osteopathy.

Self-paced online learning format allows you to enrol in the program anytime and work on your studies from anywhere in the world. Additionally, LCAO graduates have an option to join hands-on clinical training  in the USA, Canada, Spain, Czech Republic, and Australia.

London College of Animal Osteopathy teaches gentle osteopathic techniques for canines and equines. Graduates of the Diploma in Animal Osteopathy program are able to evaluate, manage and treat animal patients in an osteopathy-based clinical practice.

Learning Options with LCAO

The International Diploma in Animal Osteopathy leads to qualification as an Animal Osteopath and includes both equine and canine training curriculum. You may choose to pursue either streams separately, earning International Diploma in Equine or Canine Osteopathy.

Self-paced online learning format allows you to enrol in the program anytime and work on your studies from anywhere in the world. Additionally, LCAO graduates have an option to join hands-on clinical training  in the USA, Canada, Spain, Czech Republic, and Australia.

Prof. Stuart McGregor , considered by many to be one of the founders of modern animal osteopathy is the Head Instructor for London College of Animal Osteopathy, a leading institute for studies in canine and equine osteopathy.

Educational Pathways

We offer a wide variety of online educational programs suitable for both experienced animal professionals and those looking to expand their knowledge.
The Diploma in Animal Osteopathy (Canine Stream) is taught by Prof. Stuart McGregor, one of the word's foremost animal osteopaths.
Developed and taught by Prof. Stuart McGregor, DO, AO,
a leading global authority in animal osteopathy.
Graduates of London College of Animal lOsteopathy learn how to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions in dogs and provide an effective osteopathic treatment.
Learn how to perform a clinical assessment, arrive to a rational osteopathic diagnosis, and provide an effective osteopathic treatment.
Learn how to perform a clinical assessment, arrive to a rational osteopathic diagnosis, and provide an effective osteopathic treatment.

International
Diploma in Animal Osteopathy

Equine and Canine streams

Career Path
Animal Osteopath
Duration of study
1940 hrs
Start date
Rolling admission
Delivery format
Online, self-paced
Tuition
USD $4,400 
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The Diploma in Animal Osteopathy (Canine Stream) is taught by Prof. Stuart McGregor, one of the word's foremost animal osteopaths.
Developed and taught by Prof. Stuart McGregor, DO,
a leading global authority on animal osteopathy.
Graduates of London College of Animal lOsteopathy learn how to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions in dogs and provide an effective osteopathic treatment.
Learn how to perform a clinical assessment,
arrive to a rational diagnosis, and provide an effective osteopathic treatment.
Learn how to perform a clinical assessment, arrive to a rational osteopathic diagnosis, and provide an effective osteopathic treatment.

International
Diploma in Animal Osteopathy

Equine and Canine streams
Career Path
Animal Osteopath
Duration of study
1940 hrs
Start date
Rolling admission
Delivery format
Online, self-paced
Tuition
USD $4,400 
Learn more

Professional Development Programs and Courses

Packages of courses designed to help you expand your skills in a focused way.

Certificate Programs

London College of Animal Osteopathy's programs are geared towards veterinarians, osteopaths, physiotherapists, dog trainers and other animal professionals seeking top quality training at a leading institute for canine and equine osteopathy.

Diploma in Animal Osteopathy

This program encompasses both Equine and Canine streams. Students learn how to perform a physical assessment, identify problem areas and develop skills in osteopathic manipulation. You will gain confidence in the diagnosis of dysfunction which enables treatment to be precisely targeted. As a graduate of LCAO’s diploma program, you will:
  • Advance your understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics.
  • Become familiar with orthopedic conditions commonly encountered in practice.
  • Understand osteopathic philosophy and principles.
  • Be able to perform a physical assessment.
  • Be able to perform the effective osteopathic treatment.
  • Be able to provide advice on post-treatment rest, stretches and exercises that the owner can do with their animal.
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Certificate Programs

Associate Certificate in Equine Osteopathy

Just like people, horses suffer from injuries due to accidents and advanced age. In this study you will learn how to realign and balance the animal’s musculoskeletal system, restoring health, improving performance. By conducting a thorough physical examination, you will be able to identify the cause of the problem and perform the necessary adjustment using the osteopathic approach.
EXPLORE EQUINE

Associate Certificate in Canine Osteopathy

Upon completion of the study, you will be able to provide osteopathic care to canines of all breeds and ages. You will learn how to help dogs avoid injury, speed up recovery and improve conditioning and performance. Training covers the key elements of anatomy, physiology, pathology and biomechanics and the application of osteopathic principles and techniques.
EXPLORE CANINE

Featured Certificate Courses

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Meet your world-class instructors

Prof. Stuart McGregor

DO, Animal Osteopath, UK
LCAO Director of Clinical Studies

Stuart is acknowledged as a leading world expert in the field of animal osteopathy. Having graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1984, he holds 35 years of practical and teaching experience. Prof. McGregor has trained the majority of animal osteopaths working in the UK and many other countries around the wold today.

Rachel Pechek

BSc.Biology, M.Sc.O, Equine Osteopath,
Southern Ontario, Canada
LCAO Head Instructor


Rachel Pechek is an equine osteopath living and working in Ontario, Canada.  After graduating from Windsor University with a degree in biology and chemistry, she came to London College of Osteopathy to complete her Diploma and Master of Science in Osteopathy.  Rachel's passion for horse training and animal welfare has led her to a fulfilling career in animal osteopathy.

Vickie Keam

OMT, M.Sc.O, Animal Osteopath
Southern Alberta, Canada
LCAO Clinical Instructor & Course Contributor

Vickie provides osteopathic care to equestrian centers and farms in Alberta, Canada and Montana, USA. Having studied internationally for over a decade, Vickie has earned multiple certifications including a Diploma in Equine Osteotherapy, Master's in Manual Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy Levels 1 & 2, and Animal Normalization Technique certificates. 

Rita Shpilt

BSc., MBA, RMT, OMT
LCAO CEO & President

As president of London College of Animal Osteopathy (LCAO), Rita Shpilt leads a faculty of talented professionals passionate about helping animals holistically.  Rita is dedicated to promoting animal osteopathy through high-quality educational products available worldwide.

Maria Rondon

Veterinary Postgraduate Studies, Mexico
LCAO Teaching Assistant and Course Contributor

With a considerable academic background in veterinary anatomy, physiology and pathology, Maria has channeled her knowledge to online teaching in English and Spanish. She is a skilled course curator and lecturer currently pursuing her veterinary career in Mexico City.

Alexandra Kaufman

MA, CMT, IMTC
LCAO Clinical Instructor

After twenty-six years of using Osteopathic methods to treat humans and seventeen years to treat animals, Alexandra’s passion for optimizing health and healing via intelligent biological design is unwavering. Since 1995 she runs a private practice in Northern California where she is known to be compassionate, measured, and tenacious in her approach.

What our students say...

Danielle G.
Osteopath
Newbury UK

Stuart McGregor has given me all the tools I needed to go out and effectively assess and treat animals. The long lever articulation and mobilisation techniques taught by Stuart allow for animals to receive effective treatment. Animals respond fantastically to this form of treatment as it can be done in less time and is less invasive, making it an effective form of treatment for animals. The long lever technique is the basis of most of my treatments today!

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LCAO equips qualified students with the knowledge and skills to examine, evaluate, and treat canines of all ages and breeds.

You will deepen your understanding of systemic and functional anatomy, physiology, pathology and biomechanics as well as the philosophy and principles of osteopathy as applied to animal health care.

You will learn behaviour, psychology and interactions of animals, their working and/or living environment and the implications this may have on their physical and emotional health.

LCAO Programs are intended for

  • Veterinarians
  • Registered Osteopaths
  • Licensed Healthcare Professionals (chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists)
  • Licensed Animal Health Professionals (vet techs, vet nurses, vet assistants)
  • Mature students with 10+ years of work experience (trainers, breeders, kennel staff, yard managers)

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