About the AOI

The AOI is founded on education and the welfare of animals. That is why our goal is to improve the lives of thousands of animals, whether that be here in the UK, or in less advantaged countries, where hiring a “therapist” is out of the question. We also want to inspire animal practitioners to keep on learning. Not 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 don’t just sell courses. We support owners, practitioners, trainers and charities. The teaching team is made up of a vibrant group of individuals who care deeply about animals and their care. That is why we work together.

A new initiative which focuses not only professional education, but also on international collaborations, animal welfare, and the sharing of knowledge for the greater good of the animals for which we care. 

We are currently working with several national and international schools and associations to create international programmes in animal osteopathic education, some of which will be translated into the local language. There will also be significant developments in online education within these programmes, which will ensure that costs are reduced for theoretical elements that do not require the same degree of face to face activity.

Eleanor Andrews is the Educational Director for the AOI. She is also an osteopath and educator of osteopathy and animal osteopathy. 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.

Dustie Houchin is the Managing Director of the AOI and 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 over a decade.

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 osteopathy 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. Dustie was the founder and past Chair of the Association of Animal Osteopaths and also a Quality Assurance & Educations Officer (and founding Council Member) for RAMP.

Currently though, Dustie spends her time running Herdwick & Goose Limited. A company that focuses on 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, but she also works as a GOsC QAA reviewer and assessor. 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.

The AOI has an extensive team of internal and external lectures, from the osteopathic, animal behaviour and veterinary fraternities (who’s biographies will be added in due course). 

If you are interested in joining AOI in any capacity, please get in touch (animalosteopathyinternational@gmail.comAnimal Osteopathy International™  is a trading name of Herdwick & Goose Limited Registered office: 2 Hale Farm Cottages, Benson, Oxfordshire, OX106NE, UK. Registered company number: 11618342.