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Dear Student,

Welcome to the Clinical portion of your studies!  

You will be guided and supported by two clinical instructors: Prof. Stuart McGregor and his assistant, Rachel Pechek. 

Please add both names to your contacts by clicking on this icon in the upper right corner of this screen. You will need to write their names in the search field, each name separately, and click the    symbol. Once a name appears below the search bar, click on it, and it will be saved as your contact.

To send a message, find the instructor's name in your contact list and use the chatbox on the right of your screen   .

You will receive a reply as soon as possible. If necessary, you can also email your instructors at:

stuart.mcgregor@aosteocollege.com

rachel.pechek@aosteocollege.com

Good luck with your studies. We look forward to hearing from you!


Unit 1.   Palpation

Foreword by Prof. McGregor “An introduction to palpation and evaluation.”

Lesson 1:   Understanding what palpation is, what you are feeling for, and how to palpate.

Lesson 2:   Laboratory exercises for palpation of the forelimb / bony landmarks and musculature.

Lesson 3:   Laboratory exercises for palpation of the hindlimb / bony landmarks and musculature.

Lesson 4:   Laboratory exercises for palpation of the spine / bony landmarks and musculature.

Assessment: self-assessment quiz is found at the end of the unit. Additionally, students are required to maintain a record of a minimum of 10 canine palpatory exercises, highlighting any differences in tissue texture or range of motion from one side of the body to another in a journal. Your instructor will check journal entries at random








Foreword by Prof. McGregor 

  1. “An introduction to osteopathic treatment using OAB techniques.”

  2. “An Introduction to Osteopathic Articular Balancing (OAB) of the forelimb, including an overview of orthopedic considerations.”

Treatment lessons – in a series of six video lessons, Prof.McGregor demonstrates the OAB technique as it applies to each joint of the forelimb and their associated musculature.

  • Each video lesson includes a visual review of functional anatomy and biomechanics of the interphalangeal joints, the metacarpal joints, the carpal joints, the elbow, the shoulder, and the thoracic sling.

  • Real-time video of applying OAB techniques applied to the forelimb as it would be seen in a clinical setting.

Assessment - written examination of concepts followed by hands-on video upload. Students must upload a video in which they perform a forelimb treatment using the OAB technique. An instructor will assess this video and provide feedback.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to apply OAB to the phalangeal joints of the forelimb.
  • Learn to apply OAB to the metacarpal joints of the forelimb and palpate surrounding tissues.
  • Learn to apply OAB to the carpal joint.
  • Learn to apply OAB to the elbow.
  • Learn to apply OAB to the shoulder.
  • Learn to apply OAB to the soft tissues of the scapulothoracic junction.
  • Learn to identify restrictions within the joints of the forelimb.











Foreword by Prof. McGregor “An introduction to OAB of the hindlimb, including a review of orthopedic considerations”

Treatment lessons – in a series of five video lessons, Prof. McGregor demonstrates the OAB technique as it applies to each joint of the hindlimb and their associated musculature.

  • Each video lesson includes a visual review of functional anatomy and biomechanics, the metatarsal joints, the interphalangeal joints,  the tarsal joints, the stifle, and the hip joint.

  • A real-time video of applying OAB techniques applied to the hindlimb as it would be seen in a clinical setting.

Assessment – written examination of concepts followed by hands-on video upload. Students must upload a video demonstrating a hindlimb treatment using the OAB technique. An instructor will assess this video and provide feedback.










Foreword by Prof.McGregor “Introduction to the OAB of the spine and specific orthopedic considerations.”

Treatment lessons – in a series of six video lessons Prof. McGregor demonstrates the OAB technique as it applies to each joint of the spine and their associated musculature.

  • Each video lesson includes a visual review of functional anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical spine, the thoracic spine, the lumbar spine, and the sacrum.

Assessment – written examination of concepts followed by hands-on video upload. Students must upload a video demonstrating the treatment of the spine using the OAB technique. An instructor will assess this video and provide feedback.










Here, Professor McGregor goes over the theory of functional technique and how to apply it to canines. This unit includes:

An introduction to the technique

  • the scientific explanation of how it works
  • how to apply the technique: 
  • hand positioning
  • movements required
  • expected outcome of the technique
  • frequency of application

Lesson 1: Functional Technique applied to the hindlimb

Lesson 2: Functional Technique applied to the forelimb

Lesson 3: Functional Technique applied to the cervical spine

Assessment: written examination of concepts followed by hands-on video upload. Students must upload a video demonstrating the treatment of the of the forelimb, hindlimb and cervical spine. An instructor will assess this video and provide feedback.







Foreword by Prof. McGregor “Explanation of the functional anatomy and role of the pelvis, and how it differs from a human pelvis.”

Treatment video 1: Treatment of the lumbosacral joint and SI joints.

Treatment video 2: Introduction to functional technique (FT) applied to the pelvic hip joint.

Assessment – written examination of concepts followed by hands-on video upload. Students must upload a video demonstrating the treatment of the pelvic region. An instructor will assess this video and provide feedback.










Video address by Prof. McGregor “Closing statement for the Diploma program.”

Treatment videos – Professor McGregor provides you with 6 real time clinical cases. These videos are meant to show the use of OAB in a clinical setting.


Congratulations! You have made it to the final assessment for your diploma program. Well done.

To complete the program, you need to successfully pass the following assignments with a grade of 75% or above.

  1. Case studies: Document 2 full canine treatment sessions, including one follow-up appointment. (VIDEOS REQUIRED). 
  2. Treatment Portfolio: Document 10 treatments and one follow-up note. (NO VIDEOS).
  3. A thesis discussing a topic of your choosing that exemplifies your understanding of osteopathy for animals.

If you open this unit, you will find guidelines for all components of your final assessment in the intro tab. You can complete these assignments simultaneously or one before the other. The order of completion does not matter.

PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE PDF DOCUMENT THOROUGHLY. If you have additional questions or need help with any part of your final assignment, we are here and ready for your inquiry. 

Last but not least... ENJOY! :)