“Osteopathic treatment is based on a solid understanding of how an animal’s body functions in health or disease. This is why an intimate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and musculoskeletal pathology is desirable, the knowledge that we will use every day – knowledge with a purpose to it. Once learned, we don’t forget it because we keep it in mind every time we touch a dog or pick up a horse’s foot.“ - Prof. Stuart McGregor, DO, Animal Osteopath, UK
I’m loving the neurophysiology lectures. In fact the 3D modules used to show the nerves as they come down the limbs and the path of the cranial nn in the skull are Great Visuals for an osteopath. The description of a nerve action potential/conduction is explained better in this course than it was in my college.
Prof. Stuart McGregor explains the physiological principles of the Osteopathic Articular Balancing method used by animal osteopaths in the treatment of canines and equines alike.
Step inside the Canine Neurophysiology course at LCAO and explore an eLearning platform that is interactive, comprehensive and easy-to-use.
"In our treatment, there is something we call ‘intent'. This is where we apply the techniques intending to enable healing. We imagine ourselves inside the tissues being treated and then bring about positive change."
- Prof. Stuart McGregor, DO, Animal Osteopath, UK
Preclinical studies / Core knowledge
Eight-course curriculum / 400 hours
Clinical studies/ Led by Prof. McGregor / 600 hours
Osteopathic thesis / 200 hours
Admission to the program is via an application process. We invite you to download the Program Prospectus where you will find detailed information about admissions criteria, program structure and curriculum, as well as tuition fees and application procedure. For further inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly.
Preclinical module: 240 hours
All students must complete the following four courses: 1)Philosophy & History of Osteopathy, 2) Osteopathic Models of Health & Disease, 3) Canine Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics, 4) Canine Clinical Assessment.
Clinical training module: 500 hours
Osteopathic manual skills are taught by Prof. Stuart McGregor over six units which include recorded lectures, video tutorials w/closed captions; 3D visual anatomy review; video transcripts; textbooks and additional readings/handouts; practical exercises and self-directed learning activities.
Stuart’s expertise and passion for the subject of animal osteopathy is indisputable and his ability to impart his knowledge to the dedicated learner is second to none. I have been using his techniques to treat animals with great success for 16 years and have built a highly successful practice.
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!
I have just completed the preclinical module for the Canine stream of the Diploma in Animal Osteopathy program. The content of each course is deep, thorough and engaging. Each module takes you on an investigative journey that inspires and educates. I very much look forward to the Equine segment.
“ An intimate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and musculoskeletal pathology is essential. Once learned, we don’t forget it because we keep it in mind every time we touch a dog or pick up a horse’s foot.“
- Prof. Stuart McGregor, DO, Animal Osteopath, UK
In this dynamic program, you will acquire a solid body of knowledge in keystone health sciences essential for clinical work or any further studies in animal care. Over sixteen lessons, you will delve into canine anatomy, physiology, pathology and mechanics of movement.
You will begin with learning the systemic anatomy and physiology of all body systems. In the course on functional anatomy, you will examine structures of axial and appendicular skeletons, biomechanics of canine locomotion, functions of muscles, joints and spinal segments as they relate to movements. The third CHSE course reviews over a hundred health conditions: infectious diseases, systemic diseases and neoplasia (tumors), including their causes, diagnoses, signs, symptoms, and available treatments. To read more, please download the Program Outline below.
CANINE SYSTEMIC ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
A profound understanding of anatomy and physiology is essential for a career in animal healthcare. To properly understand how a dog grows, moves, digests foods, combats illness or recovers from an injury, you must first learn how its healthy organs function together to sustain life. This course covers all organ systems and explains the physiological mechanisms operating on multiple levels to maintain homeostasis. Included is a section on canine diseases encountered through an infection, injury or aging. Special focus is on the musculoskeletal system as an integrated network of muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, and fascia – the knowledge essential for any osteopathic practitioner to be able to understand the causes of musculoskeletal imbalances. To read more, please download Course Syllabus below.
LCAO's Canine Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics begins with a review of a dog's musculoskeletal anatomy in relation to movement and function. You will learn the ‘normal’ organization and structure of the musculoskeletal network that underpins function while in motion. Muscles and muscle groups are described in terms of their functional anatomy: origin, insertion, innervation, vascular supply, and the actions which the muscle group is responsible for. At the end of the course, you will learn how to analyze the biomechanics of movement on a structural level and recognize compensations due to physical restrictions. To read more, please download the Course Syllabus below.
Pathology describes an abnormal or undesired condition, whereas pathophysiology explains functional changes associated with a disease or injury. This study offers a comprehensive review of the pathology and pathophysiology of more than one hundred conditions, their causes, clinical signs and symptoms, developmental patterns, information on prevention, and available treatments. Particular focus is placed on ailments such as arthritis and reduced mobility, as well as orthopedic conditions and their considerations as applied to animal osteopathy. To learn more about the course content, please download the Course Syllabus below.
I am a physiotherapist and a kennel owner who took the Canine Health Science Essentials course in order to renew my professional certification. I was worried that I would be bored with the material because of my anatomy background, and I teach dog anatomy as well. That was not the case! I loved the course. I thought it was well organized and had wonderful video resources. I thought that the staff from LCAO was very responsive and helpful. I think this course was better than many continuing education courses that I take for my PT license renewal. I was so impressed with LCAO that I am now thinking of doing their diploma certification in canine osteopathy. I would highly recommend LCAO and the CHSE course.