Postgraduate Diploma in Canine Osteopathy

750 hours
$ 2,280.00 USD
$ 3,800.00 USD

Overview

The PG Diploma in Canine Osteopathy program has been developed for veterinarians (DVM/VMD) interested in expanding their practice to include osteopathic treatment for canine patients.

Rachel Pechek will be your course instructor and is available for questions and support via LCAO eLearning platform or email.

Instructor support

Lifetime access (as in forever!)

Video lectures

Downloadable course material

Certificate of Completion

Rachel Pechek will be your course instructor and is available for questions and support via LCAO eLearning platform or email.

Instructor support

Lifetime access (as in forever!)

Video lectures

Downloadable course material

Certificate of Completion

Learning outcomes

Advance understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics.

Define the osteopathic philosophy and principles as applied to animal care.

Understand the osteopathic approach to health and disease based on structure-function models.

Become proficient in performing a physical examination using observation and palpation skills.

Develop clinical reasoning skills.

Be able to perform effective osteopathic treatment using appropriate therapeutic techniques.

Be able to perform effective osteopathic treatment using appropriate therapeutic techniques.

Become a Equine Osteopath

Become a Canine Osteopath

Key features

Have you considered expanding your current practice to include osteopathic care for animals?
As a veterinarian doctor, you are eligible for direct acceptance in the PG Diploma in Equine Osteopathy,
an accelerated program leading to qualification as an Equine Osteopath.
To learn more, please download the program prospectus below.

Have you considered expanding your current practice to include osteopathic care for animals?
As a veterinary doctor, you are eligible for direct acceptance in the PG Diploma in Canine Osteopathy,
an accelerated program leading to qualification as a Canine Osteopath.
To learn more, please download the program prospectus below.

Self-paced learning
with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Verified Certificate of Completion

Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials

Continiung education credits

Flexible payment plan

Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
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Tuition Fee

$ 3,800.00 USD

What our students say...

Maggie P.
Holistic Vet
Montana USA

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.

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750 hours

Postgraduate Diploma in Canine Osteopathy

The PG Diploma in Canine Osteopathy program has been developed for veterinarians (DVM/VMD) interested in expanding their practice to include osteopathic treatment for canine patients.

✓ Expand your skill set to include canine osteopathy

✓ Study at your own pace

✓ Grow your business

Overview

Acquire a solid body of knowledge in osteopathic thought and treatment of canines.

The PG DipCO provides an opportunity to learn advanced palpatory, diagnostic, and osteopathic treatment skills in a program developed by osteopathic professionals for veterinary professionals.

This comprehensive study delivers a solid body of knowledge in osteopathic thought and treatment of canines and is offered in a self-paced, online learning format, allowing flexibility in earning your osteopathic qualification.

Curriculum

What you’ll learn in this online osteopathy program.

Both modules are delivered via LCAO’s eLearning platform, powered by Moodle software. Online studies are entirely self-paced: there is no set completion date. Moreover, LCAO students and graduates retain lifetime access to all online courses and future updates.

Module I

Preclinical studies / Core knowledge
Online format / 250 hrs.

Osteopathic Models of Health & Disease
Equine Systemic Anatomy & Physiology
Philosophy & History of Animal Osteopathy
Equine Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics
Equine Neurophysiology
Equine Pathology & Diseases
Equine Behavior & Psychology
Equine Clinical Assessment

Advance understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics.

Define the osteopathic philosophy and principles as applied to animal care.

Understand the osteopathic approach to health and disease based on structure-function models.

Become proficient in performing a physical examination using observation and palpation skills.

Module II

Clinical studies / Eight learning units led by Prof.McGregor
Thesis / Osteopathic Research
Online format / 500 hrs.

Palpation
Visual Assessment
Assessment of the Forelimb
Assessment of the Hindlimb
Assessment of the Neck
Assessment of the Back
Lesion Patterns
Integrated Osteopathic Treatment / Case Studies

Become proficient in performing a physical examination using observation and palpation skills.

Develop clinical reasoning skills.

Be able to perform effective osteopathic treatment using appropriate therapeutic techniques.

Be able to perform effective osteopathic treatment using appropriate therapeutic techniques.

Elective Masterclass in Clinical Training

Hands on training

The Masterclass seminar is an optional step on your journey in animal osteopathy. Over the course of five-nine consecutive days, you will learn advanced modalities such as cranial osteopathy, short lever and functional techniques as applied to horses and/or dogs. Through individual tutoring sessions and open discussions, students are encouraged to develop treatment styles relevant to the specialization of their practice.

Instructors

Meet our team of instructors.

In addition to the learning content, you will get direct access and support from our team of world-class instructors.

Prof. Stuart McGregor, DO
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 39 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 world today.

Rachel Pechek, OMT
Head Instructor

Rachel is Head Instructor at  London College of Animal Osteopathy, who runs a busy osteopathic practice in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Rachel has a Medical Science degree and a Master's Certificate in Osteopathy. Her professional interest lies in comprehending and researching the intricacies of animal anatomy and biomechanics.

Jim Hurden, DO
Course Contributor

Jim´s impressive client list includes internationally competing agility dogs, five-star event horses, pedigree show bulls, and many other species. To ensure his patients receive the best possible care, Jim collaborates with consultant farriers, behaviorists, veterinary surgeons, saddle fitters, trainers, and other bodywork professionals. Since 2023, Jim has been teaching LCAO masterclasses all around the world.

Rachel Mahoney, DO
Course Contributor

Rachel is the owner of The Dog Osteo, which is situated in NSW, Australia. She provides treatment to a diverse range of dogs, including many Australian Champion Show and Sporting Dogs. Rachel works closely with veterinarians, breeders, and dog trainers. Since 2022, she has been an LCAO Masterclass Instructor, sharing her extensive knowledge in the osteopathic treatment and rehabilitation of dogs with students all over the world.

Hanna Sheehan, DO
Course Contributor

Hannah is an accomplished animal osteopath based in Oxfordshire, UK, who specializes in treating both small and large animals. She works closely with veterinarians and manages pre-operative diagnosis and post-operative rehabilitation. Her passion for anatomy and biomechanics is evident in her teaching, which she has been doing for 25 years alongside Stuart McGregor, both in the UK and abroad. In 2022, she joined the LCAO team as a Masterclass instructor for canine and equine osteopathy.

Gabriel Walker
Learning Advisor

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Online Anatomical Education

Ivalalearn 3D Learning

As an LCAO student you receive free access to Ivalalearn.com, an interactive, 3D anatomy-learning platform. This 3D content will transform your understanding of how anatomy translates to clinical practice, making you a more confident clinician from day one.

Qualification

Canine Osteopath

LCAO graduates earn the qualification of Canine Osteopath and may practice canine osteopathy internationally using the professional designation PG DipCO.

500+
students that are enrolled, or have completed LCAO programs.
100%
of surveyed students who implement the OAB technique confirm they see significant improvements among patients.
Marina discusses her journey towards becoming an animal osteopath.
Certification

Gain certification from leading osteopathic bodies across the world.

London College of Animal Osteopathy is accredited and approved by the following organizations.

All LCAO graduates are eligible to join the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT), which offers liability insurance for animal osteopaths practicing in 35 countries.

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Testimonials

Hear it from our students.

At the last LCAO masterclass in Skien, Norway, we interviewed students about their experience with LCAO's online curriculum.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Still need help? Book a call with one of our Learning Advisors.

How are LCAO online courses delivered?

Self-paced courses and programs, with no deadlines for their completion, are available on LCAO's eLearning platform www.studyanimalosteopathyonline.com powered by Moodle software. The online learning material includes recorded lectures, video tutorials, downloadable presentations, digital textbooks, and additional readings. You may communicate with your instructor and fellow students through email, phone and a students forum. Please refer to course syllabus for details about how your study is taught.

Do I need to log in to the LCAO eLearning platform at certain times?

No. You may access your studies 24/7 from anywhere in the world. All learning happens online, so that you may complete the coursework on your own time and at your own pace.

What are the technical requirements to participate in LCAO's online courses?

LCAO's eLearning platform is designed to work at an optimal level on an internet-connected desktop, notebook or tablet. The system runs on Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

Who can benefit most from an LCAO education?

LCAO programs and courses are intended for a large audience: 1) members of the DVM/MVD community and osteopaths interested in expanding their practice to include animal osteopathy; 2)  Physiotherapists , chiropractors, massage therapists keen on working with equine and canine patients; 3) animal care professionals such as trainers, vet techs, breeders, trainers, farriers. For further inquiries email us at admissions@aosteocollege.com

What are my payment options?

We offer secure payment options through PayPal, Stripe or Bank Transfer. The tuition invoice can also be paid by credit or debit card (no PayPal or Stripe account is necessary). Interac e-transfer is available in Canada.

Is it possible to pay in instalments?

Yes. We offer an interest-free payment plan to qualified students by which tuition fees are payable over 3 instalments scheduled 5 weeks apart.  For more information, email info@aosteocollege.com .

Ready to expand your practice?

Apply today to the London College of Animal Osteopathy, or download the Program Prospectus to learn more.  

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Postgraduate Diploma in Canine Osteopathy

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750 hours
$ 2,280.00 USD
$ 3,800.00 USD

“ 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

Overview

Firstly, the program will thoroughly review the Systemic Anatomy and Physiology of all body systems. Following that, you will be introduced to the Functional Anatomy course which will cover the structures of axial and appendicular skeletons, biomechanics of canine locomotion, and the functions of muscles, joints, and spinal segments. This will provide you with a better understanding of their relationship to movements.

In the third course, which is centered on canine pathology and diseases, you will delve into over 100 health conditions, including infectious and systemic diseases, as well as tumors. The course will discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments available for each of these conditions. To obtain additional information about the program, please download the Program Outline provided below.

Advance understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics.

Key features

Self-paced learning with no deadlines
Instructor support and guidance
Lifetime access to course updates
Verified Certificate of Completion
Recorded lectures & video tutorials
Free online textbooks & reading materials
Continuing education credits
Flexible payment plan
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Program Outline
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What our students say...

Angela S.
kennel owner and breeder
MN, USA

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.

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