Working with a canine patient implies having a good understanding of dog behaviour, body language and typical gestures.  This dynamic and engaging study explains canine instinctual and learned behaviours and examines both internal and external factors that may lead to abnormalities. Students learn how to prevent and manage canine aggression in healthcare practice and communicate with dogs of different breeds and temperaments.

Profound knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential for a career in animal healthcare.  To understand how an animal grows, moves, digests foods, gets ill and recovers from an injury, one must first understand how healthy organs function together to sustain life. The course offers an in-depth review of all systems and examines the pathophysiology of common canine diseases encountered through injury or ageing.

Pathology describes an abnormal or undesired condition, whereas pathophysiology explains functional changes associated with a disease or injury. This dynamic course offers a comprehensive review of pathology and pathophysiology of a specific illness.  A particular focus is placed on ailments such as arthritis and reduced mobility, kidney and liver diseases, digestive and immune disorders, oncology and formation of lumps and masses, heart disease, sight, and hearing loss, to name just a few. At the end of the study,  students become familiar with more than one hundred conditions, their causes, clinical signs and symptoms, developmental patterns, information on prevention, and available treatments.

This course examines the evolution of the canine locomotion system and explains its significance in an animal’s overall health. At the end of the study, students gain a sound understanding of the muscles, their names and the movements that they produce. The principal aim of the FAB course is to teach participants how to analyze the biomechanics of movement on the anatomical level and recognize compensations due to muscular restrictions.

Neuroscience is a study of the brain, a complex organ that controls thinking, learning, voluntary movement and posture coordination. Much like in humans, the canine brain is also responsible for interpreting and integrating information received by the body. This course examines a Canine Nervous system and complex circuits through which dog experiences and responds to a stimulus. Students learn the anatomy and physiology of a single neuron, the neural junction, the main nerves and their function in a canine organism.

Learn the fundamental steps of an osteopathic clinical assessment. Students become familiar with case history taking and physical examination procedures, including palpation, gait analysis and assessment for the signs of lameness. Tutorial videos demonstrate basic neurological tests and their interpretation.  At the end of the study students understand the importance of thinking critically and are able to recognize contraindication to an osteopathic treatment.