AOI is founded on the desire to provide the highest quality of education, in the field of animal functional therapeutics and osteopathy to those who want to learn so much more than the basics. We teach every classical aspect of osteopathy without our programmes, modified for the animal patient, so that our graduates can assess and treat with a full range of skills and feel assured of their clinical competency. We also believe in supporting our students after they graduate, which is why we actively encourage those who want to join us as Associates and Lecturers.
As an organisation, we also intend to educate the masses – the young and the old – and to do whatever is necessary to support the lives and welfare of animals around the globe. We will inform, support, share and connect until we have a voice in every corner. And we shall do this through professional relationships and collaborations with people who share our ideals and vision.
From a practitioner perspective, we want to inspire animal practitioners to keep on learning. Not to stop at the first post. A postgraduate certificate is a great achievement, but like passing a driving test, it is just the start. That is why we offer a range of high quality courses for all levels of interest. Run by people who excel at what they do.
AOI Pathway Courses are internally validated and certified by the European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone, Kent.
We support owners, practitioners, teachers, trainers and charities and our teaching team is made up of a vibrant group of individuals who care deeply about animals and their welfare.
We currently work with several national and international schools and associations to create international programmes in the field of animal functional therapy and osteopathy. Some of which will be translated into the local language. There will also be significant developments in online education within these programmes over time, which will ensure that costs are reduced for theoretical elements that do not require the same degree of face to face activity.
Dustie Houchin – Programme Director & CEO of Herdwick & Goose Limited
She is also an osteopath of over 21 years and has a ardent interest education and the sharing of knowledge. She has been an ambassador of osteopathy and animal osteopathy around the world for well over a decade. Her specialist skills allow her to teach students of animal osteopathy to interact with their patients in a way that provides the best possible environment for patient and practitioner. That being one of love and respect.
As a Director of Animal Osteopathy International and the Consultant of Animal Osteopathy at the European School Osteopathy, Dustie sits at the heart of animal osteopathic education and its politics. Within her roles, she helps design, market and manage animal-related programmes and CPD activity around the world. She has worked as an osteopath for animals since 2001 prior to which she was lucky enough to attend courses with the late Anthony Pusey and trainers such as Mark Rashid and Buck Brannaman. Dustie was the founder the Association of Animal Osteopaths (which was previously known as the Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice or SOAP). She is also a founder member of RAMP, acting as their the Quality Assurance & Educations Officer until 2018 when her term ended. Today, she is a QAA Assessor for GOsC and a GOsC Reviewer for Mott McDonald and a guest lecturer at several international osteopathic schools.
As the CEO of Herdwick & Goose Limited, Dustie is committed to healthcare worldwide. The company focuses on the education and functional wellness of all living creatures. Be they animal and human. Much of her time is spent on clinical, educational and commercial projects, working to find likeminded people who want to work with the company for the betterment of the planet.
Eleanor Andrews – Director of Education
Eleanor is the Director of Education for AOI. She is also an osteopath and educator of osteopathy and animal osteopathy with over 8 years of experience in the field. She has an extensive equine background and incorporates her knowledge of horse and rider into her teaching. She is a senior lecturer on the MSc Animal Osteopathy and all CPD courses at the ESO and internationally with AOI. Eleanor is also the Head of the Association of Animal Osteopaths and the Vice President of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP). Dustie and Eleanor run courses, workshops and seminars in animal related subjects for animal professionals and talks for owners and vets. They also offer bespoke private study days to professionals and students who want to improve their skills without the pressure of a classroom setting.
The AOI has an extensive team of internal and external lectures, from the osteopathic, animal behaviour and veterinary fraternities.
If you are interested in working AOI in any capacity, please get in touch. We are always keen to hear from individuals or companies that want to connect with our vision. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal Osteopathy International™ is a trading name of Herdwick & Goose Limited Registered office: 2 Hale Farm Cottages, Benson, Oxfordshire, OX106NE, UK. Registered company number: 11618342. Please note: Our courses are NOT based in Oxfordshire.