AOI Teaching Team

We have an exceptional, highly motivated team of lecturer/practitioners who treat animals regularly in their careers. Their wealth of knowledge and camaraderie offers our delegates the very best opportunity to learn in a fun and relaxed setting. We also understand that students learn in a variety of ways, which is why we teach with various models of learning and aim to keep the whole experience calm and supportive.

We also believe in the power of community and learning together, not in egos and isolation. So, when you attend an AOI course, you will see that we work together as a team, without hierarchy. Because we all have something to bring to the table and caring for each other is part of who we are.

Biographies of our Team 

Eleanor Andrews (Education Director) 

Eleanor Andrews (Educational Director & Osteopath) is an animal and human osteopath based in the UK.

She has taught both internationally and in the UK for a number of years, supporting hundreds of students to reach their academic goals. Eleanor brings her experience not only as senior lecturer on the MSc (Animal Osteopathy) at the European School of Osteopathy in Kent, UK but also as a postgraduate and international lecturer of human and animal osteopathy, academic dissertation supervisor, Master’s level examiner and moderator. She also holds a PG Cert in Higher Education and has lectured at conferences and to specialised groups.

Clinically, Eleanor works in private animal and human osteopathic practices, incorporating an extensive equine background. She has further developed her equine and canine anatomy, biomechanics, neurology, pathology, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation through research and self study, attending seminars and carrying out dissections, post-mortems, and paraprofessional observations.

Eleanor works with a wide variety of mammals, breeds and disciplines across all levels, rehabilitating animals post-injury, working with young animals to ensure they are ready for working life, supporting those who are changing career or discipline and working with older animals to keep them happy and active.

She enjoys looking at osteopathic concepts as relate to animals and ensuring ‘the whole’ is looked at. Eleanor believes that we should treat in harmony with our animal patients working with their own system to achieve optimal function. She has an innate ability to be in-tune with patient needs and find/treat the cause not just the symptoms, often removing long standing compensation patterns and facilitating profound changes, using flow and rhythm to enhance her treatment. She understands the importance of a strong focus on the day to day environment and changes owners can make to support their animal’s quality of life and how to achieve this.

Dustie Houchin – Programme Director 

Dustie is an animal and human osteopath based in South of the UK.

Dustie has worked in the therapeutic field since the age of 16. After a number of years working in sports medicine, personal training and rehabilitation, Dustie decided to undertake osteopathic training and graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1998, before completing a Diploma in Animal Osteopathy with the European School of Osteopathy. Since then, Dustie has worked in animal and human private practice.

Dustie furthered her education at Ashridge Business School graduating in 2006 from their Advanced Management Programme before completing an MBA with Warwick Business School and  being awarded a scholarship to attend SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Dustie’s empathetic nature and unique way of working with her patients allows her to work in a truly osteopathic manner, her ability to analyse the animal, its environment and understanding its needs allows her to communicate in a truly all-encompassing manner delving into complex cases with astounding results.

Dustie’s wish to support the welfare of animals and improve osteopathic education in the animal field led to her undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, after which is became Programme Leader of the MSc, PG Dip and PG certificate in Animal Osteopathy, Validated by the University of Greenwich as well as other consulting roles for the development of animal osteopathic courses.

Dustie’s fight for the animal osteopathic profession and the welfare of animals led to her being a Founder Member & Chair of the Association of Animal Osteopaths and the Officer of Education and Quality Assurance for the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP). Dustie is also a QAA Reviewer & Assessor for the General Osteopathic Council and Managing Director of Animal Osteopathy International.

Dustie has supported hundreds if not thousands of students during her time as an international lecturer and examiner of animal & human osteopathy (Russia, Poland, Denmark, UK, Austria, Italy) and has presented lectures and run workshops at international conferences.

Other Key Lecturers

After years of competing (Eventing) and working in various yards, Bryony decided to practice human sports massage, whilst training for an osteopathic qualification. Once qualified, she moved into full time osteopathic practice, working within a multidisciplinary sports performance setting, with athletes across many disciplines. She also continued her studies, by training in the field of Equine Osteopathy with the Osteopathic Centre for Animals (OCA).

Bryony provides an established performance and remedial therapy service for sports horses across the South of England and into Europe. She works with many professional riders, who focus on Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping (and enjoy repeated success at top level with their horses). Alongside her clinical career, Bryony is passionate about education, she provides free access to informative articles for her clients and wider audience via her popular facebook page. She is a regular lecturer to several groups and clubs, as well as lecturing for the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) on their Equine Osteopathy Course.

In 2014, this journey resulted in Bryony being asked to set up a human sports therapy clinic in West London, where she helped to support many high-level athletes. And the foundation in human sports therapy and osteopathy has certainly gone on to shape the equine practitioner that she is today. Bryony has focused solely on equine based practice for some years now, allowing her greater specificity of knowledge and experience, through thousands of hours of field-based work.

Federica graduated in 2014, at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Turin. As a student, she had the opportunity to visit clinics in Belgium, France and UK. Immediately after graduation, she moved to a busy practice in the north of the UK,  where she completed her veterinary internship and subsequently decided to stay.

She is a joint Resident of the American College of Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation between Pool House Equine Clinic and the University of Turin. Her main interests are equine orthopaedics and sports medicine, with a particular interest in emergency and anaesthesia. Federica worked with horses and rode to good level for many years before becoming a vet, giving her a solid foundation in the equine field. She also has an adorable rescue dog called ‘Pudding’ who often joins her when she teaches for the AOI.

Olivia started her professional career with animals in 2009 at university, graduating in 2013 with a first-class BSc Hons in Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She focused her studies on horse training and behaviour which led her to present her research on the use of positive reinforcement in horse training at the International Society for Equitation Science’s conference in Delaware, USA, 2013. She won the award for the best student presentation and was subsequently asked to be a guest speaker at Anglia Ruskin’s first Animal Welfare conference in 2014. In 2015 she went to further her studies in Equitation Science at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre with Equitation Science International.

Since 2014 Olivia has lectured at the European School of Osteopathy on their Animal Osteopathy Foundation and MSc degree courses. She teaches the students canine and equine behaviour to improve their practical skills in handling and treating their animal patients.She also became a dissertation supervisor for the students undergoing their MSc research projects and is a member of the Research Ethics Committee.

Olivia continues her professional development in behavioural consultancy and regularly attends conferences and CPD courses to expand her knowledge on the latest training techniques and science. Certificates include dog aggression; advanced dog aggression; separation anxiety; difficult dog cases and human behaviour change for animals. Olivia is also a member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants.

Currently, Olivia works with private clients and their animals to resolve any unwanted behaviour problems in dogs and horses. She’s completed, with Distinction, the Foundation and Intermediate courses in Lorinery Science and Bit Fitting run by The Academy at Neue Schule and is now a Lantra certified Equine Bitting Consultant.

Margrit Coates is a senior practitioner with the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (Healer Counsellor) and has written 7 books on the topic of animal healing and communication.

Margrit Coates is the worlds’ leading expert in the use of healing energy for animals, with nearly 30 years experience. As well as discovering a new energy centre in animals, Margrit has developed unique techniques for resolving energy blockages in the body and cranio-sacral system rebalancing and unwinding. The use of healing energy holistically helps the animal on mental, emotional and physical levels. The techniques enhance other modalities to work on a deeper level. Margrit is renowned as an inspirational teacher helping people harness their innate healing power as well as awaken the intuitive ability.

Laura is an enthusiastic osteopath who has graduated from Finnish Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. She has qualified with a post-graduate certificate in Animal Osteopathy in 2017, and received a post-graduate diploma in Animal Osteopathy in 2018 from the European School of Osteopathy. Prior to her osteopathic career, Laura has also studied Equine Massage in Finnish Tampere Sport Massage Institute.

Her passion for working with animals has started in early age and she has worked as a groom and rider at internationally known showjumping stables both in Finland and abroad. On top of osteopathic studies and postgraduate seminars Laura has attended several local and international workshops and seminars in several topics, e.g. dissections, physiology of animal behaviour, calming signals, pain, orthopedics and biomechanics. 

She is a member of board of Finnish Association of Animal Osteopaths. Laura enjoys to share her knowledge and has given talks about canine and equine anatomy in Finland.”

Faye Andrews - Animal Osteopath UK
Faye Andrews – Animal Osteopath UK

Faye Andrews, holds one of the only MSc. qualifications in Animal Osteopathy that exist from a UK based osteopathic school. Graduating with honours, Faye soon became a member of the AOI teaching team after qualifying. With a an interest and focus on canine rehabilitation, Faye is able to share years of [personal/owner] experience in the field of postoperative care of dogs with her students and has a strong hands-on approach to learning. Faye also works at University College of Osteopathy as a lecturer of osteopathic technique. 

Jade Douglas (BVMS, MRCVS)

RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Upon graduating from Glasgow University in 2000, Jade worked in a mixed practice on the west coast of Scotland. Exciting as it was, two years was enough to prompt the search for a warmer, drier climate.  She moved down to Dorset in 2002 where she has worked in small animal practice ever since.
Jade loves the variety that general practice brings. She will sometimes use acupuncture to complement medical treatments, predominately for osteoarthritis in geriatric patients. Her professional passion is ophthalmology. She obtained her AP status in veterinary Ophthalmology in 2017. Jade welcomes collaboration with other clinicians, within and out with the veterinary profession.

Bettina Hviedemose

Behaviourist and Osteopath – Denmark

Bettina is an animal behavior therapist and manual therapist/osteopath based in Hirtshals, Denmark. Together with her team of colleagues she runs “Center for Animal Therapy” offering animal training, behavioral consultations, manual treatments and rehabilitation for dogs and horses. In addition, Bettina and her team teach a variety of courses and educations within the field.

Bettina graduated her BSc in Applied Animal Behavior in 2006 and she has a special interest in how physical challenges impact animal behavior and thus, how many behavioral issues are consequences of pain and/or physical restrictions. Therefore, Bettina has expanded her knowledge into physical approaches to animal biomechanics and treatment and she holds qualifications in different approaches to manual therapy. In 2018 – 2019 Bettina completed the Stage 1 and 2 courses, both canine and equine pathways, with Animal Osteopathy International.

Bettina is passionate about improving animal welfare from a holistic approach including both brain and body. Both dogs, horses and cats are included in Bettina’s everyday practice and teaching field. As a curiosity, she also works with marine mammals, applying ethology and learning theory to enrichment and husbandry training for seals. 

Gillian Higgins

Gillian is passionate about horses, anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse. An authority in equine anatomy and biomechanics, a BHS Senior Coach, professional sports and remedial therapist, author and with a first class honours degree in Equine Science and Business Management. Gillian specialises in teaching anatomy and biomechanics in a fascinating and practical way. She is well known for her anatomical painting on live horses which she uses for her teaching.

Gillian founded Horses Inside Out in 2006, to give horse owners, riders, trainers and professionals a fascinating insight into equine locomotion, training and management from an anatomical perspective.

Horses Inside Out is now internationally recognised as a leading provider of equine education incorporating a solid understanding of anatomy and biomechanics with the most recent scientific developments alongside tried and tested traditional methods. AOI supports Gillian’s work because she makes such a positive contribution to the equine education community and we appreciate all the work she does to help horses. Her books can be found on their own unique page on our website. 


The AOI is always looking for talented animal specialists (not just animal osteopaths) to join our team. So, if you are interested in teaching, do send in your resume and contact details to

Teaching options available: 

  • Specialist Pop-Up Speakers – to speak as a specialist. Being interviewed for the purpose of an online webinar and/or podcast. 
  • Specialist Lecturers – for those interested in developing a standalone online course with AOI on an isolated topic. 
  • Supporting lecturers – people who want to help to create online content that we can use in our mainstream programmes. 
  • Associate lecturers – for newer practitioners who want to help with our international/online projects but need more experience before lecturing on their own.