Equine Functional (Osteopathic) Conversion Course
Amazing new career opportunity. Open to practicing EEBWII Equinology graduates.
Equine Functional (Osteopathic) Conversion Course (EFOCC)
From March 2021, most Equinology EEBWII certified graduates will be 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 extensive educational programmes, via a bespoke conversion course (the EFOCC) that allows Equinology graduates to bypass some (previously studied elements) of AOI’s Level One. This is because, evidence has shown that EEBWII graduates 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.
Although the ESO and subsequently AOI have accepted qualified animal professionals to join their training since 2016, it has always been a challenge because of the variation in qualifications and ensuring a level academic playing field amongst cohorts. 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 research and study skills modules with Equinology, demonstrate exceptional capabilities as equine bodyworkers. That is why working with Equinology has been so exciting. It has given AOI the chance to fully and thoroughly assess the course content and its assessment processes, in addition to seeing their students in action.
The conversion course (which is an amended version of our Level One programme), comprises 350 hours, plus case and clinical assessments, commencing with an online programme of modular study (presentations, case study practice, videos and live webinars), followed by a high quality, small group intensive 4 day practicum plus clinical assessments on day 5. Due to the online nature of part one, students can apply all year round (offering maximum flexibility). Part two (the practicum) takes place twice a year. 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 18 months in light of the current COVID restrictions on work and travel. Once this course has been passed, the student will move onto Level Two where they will enter the Diploma stages of the Academic Pathway.
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 3 to 4 day practicum. Transcripts of almost all videos accompany the online course content to assist those who do not speak English as a first language.
Academic Pathway - the stages to becoming a Master Practitioner
The Equine Functional (Osteopathic) Conversion Course (EFOCC) replaces the Level One programme for EEBWII Equinology graduate. Once a student successfully completes the EFOCC, they enter AOI’s Academic Pathway at the Diploma stage – that being the first half of Level Two (the compulsory modules). Successful completion of the L2 Compulsory Modules ensures that the practitioner is safe and competent to manage a range of clinical cases. The Level Two Advanced Diploma 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 being taught at Level One, students are expected to complete the Level Two Diploma pathway, before considering working autonomously. That is the same as any AOI L1 graduate.
Graduates of this pathway must work within their scope of practice and remember that they will need to complete Level Two to become an autonomous Functional (Osteopathic) Practitioner.
Price & Payment Options for the EFOCC
When paid in full the EFOCC costs £1499 plus VAT if applicable.
This includes 3 days of practicum. For those who do not come from a human osteopathic background, a 4th day must be attended at the cost of £250 plus VAT/MOSS if applicable.
Students may pay for the EFOCC course by flexible payments if required. This means the course can be paid for over six months. Administration fees apply.
Please note: students must complete payment for the course before booking onto the practicum.