Advanced Clinical Competence & Professional Practice


This course includes case-based discussion, evaluation (and critical reflection of one’s learning), in-depth osteopathic considerations and an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery via an open teaching clinic & viva assessment. Those who complete 600 hours of training within the Advanced Academic Pathway will be issued with an Advanced Diploma in Equine Functional Osteopathy

Module content includes: online webinar, assessments, assignments, 1.5 day practical assimilation clinic, open practical assessment, case studies, self-directed study/practice time and clinical reflection).
Price:  £475.00 exc. VAT

This module is designed to instil and concrete our student’s knowledge, skills and confidence, to ensure that by the end of the Advanced Diploma Pathway they can:

  1. Safely and competently assess a range of suitable equine patients, who present with MSK or neurological signs and symptoms;
  2. Identify cases that present with MSK signs and symptoms, but turn our to be pathological in nature, requiring immediate referral; 
  3. Fully evaluate all aspects of a equine case, to reach a truly holistic hypothesis in-line with osteopathic considerations and thinking;
  4. Skill-fully create treatment and management plans to suit each equine patient, supported by a well considered osteopathic hypothesis; 
  5. Develop safe, useful and empathetic advice for equine owners, to support the needs of equine patients., where lifestyle and/or environment changes are necessary for a successful outcome;
  6. Manage uncertainty where it arises; 
  7. Critically reflect on any given scenario and 
  8. Perform within a professional veterinary environment at a level that makes them a valuable member of the team; 
  9. Refer whenever necessary, providing supportive reports that suit the veterinary profession; 
  10. Start up their own practice in the knowledge that they can successfully manage most referred cases. 
  • Discussion of the course to date and the layout of the practicums, assessments and teaching clinic;
  • Check list and support with student portfolios; 
  • Open practical clinic to concrete any challenges and fine tune skills; 
  • End of Level II teaching clinic – build and concrete your confidence in assessing and treating the equine patient in a supportive environment;
  • Undertake “start to finish” assessments and treatment protocols utilising the osteopathic sieve;
  • Form working hypotheses, discuss effective technique and management plans with rationale (osteopathic, anatomical and biomechanical) to support your conclusions;
  • Undertake effective application of suitable techniques in a clinical situation;
  • Demonstrate your knowledge to date via viva-style questions from your tutor;
  • Interact with your peers to enhance your learning process by offering/receiving feedback;
  • High practical content with feedback and support from the teaching team.

Teaching Ratios: Lecturer to student ratio is typically 1:6


Students can only undertake this course as part of the Advanced Pathway which leads to an Advanced Diploma in Equine Functional Therapy (or Osteopathy – as appropriate). As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed the Diploma Pathway and all required elements of the Advanced Academic Pathway.


At this time, we will only be running the Advanced Diploma courses in the UK. We are however, exploring facilities and partners in Denmark, the USA, NZ and Canada so that we may expand the academic programme into our international settings.

International Students – English Language Requirements

We are happy to take national and international students, but all students MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language (both written and spoken), so as to ensure that you can make the most of the course and its contents. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise and no refunds will be made on these grounds. As a guide, we typically expect that students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

If you are interested in taking our Advanced Academic Pathway, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content.