Equine Functional (Osteopathic) Conversion Course for EEBWII graduates

Amazing new career opportunity. Open to practicing EEBWII Equinology graduates.

From 2021, most Equinology EEBWII certified graduates have been able to join AOI through a new and exciting pathway of study. This means that Equinology graduates who hold the right qualifications, will be able to apply for AOI’s educational programmes, via a bespoke conversion course (the EFOCC) that allows Equinology graduates to bypass some (previously studied elements) of AOI’s Diploma Programme. This is because, Equinology’s EEBWII pathway has been stringently evaluated by AOI, and shown to provide the highest quality of bodywork training available. Consequently, EEBWII graduates who have already undertaken hundreds of hours of high quality anatomical training and hands-on practice, that far exceeds some of the human practitioners who typically join AOI courses, are welcome on our Diploma Programme. 

Although the ESO, and subsequently AOI, has accepted qualified animal professionals to join their animal training pathways since 2016, it has always been a challenge, due to the variation in qualifications around the world.. However, after a robust process of evaluation, which took circa 12 months, AOI has confirmed that the standard of EEBWII graduates (post 2015) who have come from a degree background or have taken additional course in research and clinical methodology with Equinology, demonstrate exceptional capabilities as equine bodyworkers. That is why working with Equinology has been so exciting. It means that AOI can safely and confidently allow EEBW graduates onto the Diploma from day one, or EEBWII (post-2015) graduates to join via this conversion course. Both are warmly welcomed.

The conversion course (which is an amended version of our year one of the Diploma programme), which comprises 350 hours, plus case and clinical assessments, commences with an online programme of modular study (presentations, case study practice, videos and live webinars), followed by a high quality, small group intensive 5 day practicum plus clinical assessment. Due to the online nature of part one, students can apply all year round (offering maximum flexibility). Part two (the practicum) takes place 2-4 times a year at various locations (UK, Denmark, Calgary and Maryland). Once students complete the online aspect of the course, they may apply to attend a practicum. The whole cycle typically takes 8 months, but students are given 12 months access. Once this course has been successfully completed, the student will move into year two of the Diploma. 

This amazing opportunity gives Equinology bodywork practitioners a chance to join AOI’s professional Academic Pathway toward becoming a fully qualified Equine Functional [Osteopathic] Practitioner. The ideal career opportunity for those who wish to expand their clinical competence and scope of practice. 

Who can apply?

Students who wish to attend the AOI Equine Functional (Osteopathic) Conversion Course (Equinology version) must have successfully completed the following:

1. The Equinology EEBWII certification: EQ50, EQ100, EQ103 (post-2015) and EQ900
2. EQ25 Study Skills and Critical Analysis Online Course, from/through Equinology, unless you have a degree background, in which case are not required to take this course. 

The course is taught in English by blended learning (that being online and with a 5-day practicum). Transcripts of almost all videos accompany the online course content to assist those who do not speak English as a first language. IELTS 6.5 or above is still essential. The course must be taken on a laptop – not a smart-phone or tablet. 

If you are missing any of the above (Equinology) courses and would like to take advantage of this conversion course, please speak to Equinology who will help direct you. Email: office@equinenergy.com 
Please note: Students must check with their state and country veterinary boards for existing laws of practice before applying. 

Academic Pathway - the stages to becoming a Master Practitioner

The Equine Functional (Osteopathic) Conversion Course (EFOCC) replaces year one of the Diploma programme for EEBWII Equinology graduate. Once a student successfully completes the EFOCC, they enter year two. Successful completion of the Diploma programme, ensures that the practitioner is safe and competent to manage a range of standard clinical cases. The Advanced Diploma (year three) covers a full range of osteopathic techniques, allowing the practitioner to treat an extensive assortment of equine patients. Further details of this course can be found HERE.

The Equine Conversion Course is the beginning of a high quality journey which leads the student through AOI’s Academic Pathway.

Please note: For those who do not come from an osteopathic background, AOI does not endorse inappropriate use of the term osteopathic or osteopathy in countries where it is illegal to use this title. Where students have studied our Academic Pathway and cannot use the title Equine Functional Osteopathic Practitioner, they should instead use Equine Functional Practitioner.

EFOCC Students are being given an amended version of year one (of the Diploma). All students are however, expected to complete year two of the Diploma, before being awarded certification to work autonomously as a Functional Osteopath/Functional Practitioner – in line with local laws and regulations linked to the use of the osteopathic title. 

What's included?

The bespoke online component that has been written for the EFOCC. A 5-day high-quality practicum, and written and practical assessments. Plus, Bettina Hvidemose Applied Learning Theory course). This is new to 2022, due to feedback from the Annual review of 2021 and the desire to ensure the very best experience for our students. Only student who sign up in 2022 at the new prices will be enrolled on this version. 

Price & Payment Options for the EFOCC

The UK and Denmark version of this course can be purchased for £2299* if paid in FULL at the time of purchase.

The Canadian and USA version of this course can be purchased for £2499* if paid in FULL at the time of purchase.  

* All stated fees are plus VAT where applicable. Flexible payment fees are available – 5% admin fees apply. Fee increases from 2021 are due to increase insurance premiums, increased costs in travel and inflation. 

Additional costs incurred through travel, accommodation and food for these events will be at the students own expense and apply to all courses and payment options. 

Enrolment for Conversion Course Now Open


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