Application of Learning Theory for the Equine Patient

THIS MODULE CAN BE TAKEN ALONE OR AS PART OF THE LEVEL III MASTER PRACTITIONER PATHWAY

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  • This module covers equine learning theory and how to apply it to the equine patient. It shows insight into the world of equine learning theory, which enables the practitioner to work with an accurate understanding of the equine patient. This knowledge radically enhances the efficacy of assessment and treatment, through the application of a skill set that so many manual therapists fail to learn;
  • It is open to all those who work therapeutically with animals or in a veterinary setting;
  • It is an online course with elements of home study and practice;
  • There will be an end of module quiz-style assessment for all students;
  • Those wishing to use the module as part of the Master Practitioner Pathway, must inform us at the start of the module and an additional assignment will be required for the module to count toward your qualification;
  • The standalone module costs £199.00. There is however, an additional fee for those undertaking the additional assignment for the Master Practitioner pathway;
  • Students must complete ALL aspects of the course and assessments to be given a Certificate of Completion.

Your lecturer: Bettina Hviedemose

Behaviourist and Osteopath – Denmark

Bettina is an animal behaviour therapist and manual therapist/osteopath based in Hirtshals, Denmark. Together with her team of colleagues she runs “Center for Animal Therapy” offering animal training, behavioural 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. 

Indicative content:

  • Introduction to the course;
  • What is learning theory & why is it important to understand learning theory when practicing animal osteopathy?
  • Ethology and learning theory: 
  • What is etholoy? And why is it important in relation to learning theory?
  • Equine – human interaction;
  • The equine brain;
  • Main differences and similarities between the human and the equine brain and how is this knowledge relevant to us? 
  • Learning theoretical concepts;
  • Overview of operant and classical conditioning;
  • Operant conditioning;
  • How behavior and consequences interact and influence each other 
  • The concepts of reinforcement and punishment;
  • The four types of consequences;
  • How can knowledge of operant conditioning be beneficial in osteopathic practice?
  • What can go wrong? 
  • Classical conditioning;
  • The concept of associations;
  • Conditioning of a previously neutral stimulus;
  • Pros and cons in classical conditioning;
  • How can knowledge of operant conditioning be beneficial in osteopathic practice?
  • What can go wrong? 
  • Combining operant and classical condition in successful practice
  • Shaping; 
  • Timing;
  • Practical applications – examples and analysis:
  • Handling Hoofs;
  • Handling Ears;
  • Using Treats;
  • Target training and walking on different surfaces;
  • Another use of targeting: Play ball;
  • Responding to signals in the rope;
  • Trailer-loading;
  • Riding;
  • Stepping over a pole;
  • Section nine: Communicating learning theoretical knowledge to owners;
  • Section ten: Wrapping up and further reading;
  • Develop your understanding of horse behaviour and the equine brain;
  • Improve cooperation with your equine patient;
  • Explore the types of learning theory and how to apply these;
  • Learn how to increase wanted and decrease unwanted horse behaviour
  • Optimize equine-human communication and decrease stress and misunderstandings;
  • How to communicate information to owners;
  • Be guided through practical examples to apply your knowledge.

How will this help you as a practitioner?

  • Develop your understanding of horse behaviour and the equine brain;
  • Learn how to communicate with your equine patient in a way that helps you both;
  • Improve cooperation with your equine patient so that treatment is more effective;
  • Explore the types of learning theory and how to apply these in practice;
  • Learn how to increase wanted (and decrease unwanted) equine behaviour;
  • Recognise that not everything you see is physical and maybe a behavioural issue that needs attention;
  • Optimise equine-human communication to decrease stress and misunderstandings;
  • How to communicate information to owners;
  • Be guided through practical examples to apply your knowledge;
  • Utilise your new knowledge to educate owners.
  • Enhance your own practice – give yourself knowledge that helps you stand apart from other MSK practitioners.

Who can apply?

This course is open to all equine-related therapists and veterinary professionals. Proof of prior experience and education will be necessary, as it is aimed at practitioners.

Total number of study hours (taught content, directed learning, assessments, assignments and self-directed learning):  20 hours
Price:  £199.00 (plus assessment fees for Master Practitioner students)

Module structure and online expectations

This course will be delivered online, via our Teachable.com platform. As such, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal.

When is this module likely to be released?

This module is to be released mid-December 2020. After this time, you will be able to sign-up for it, as you wish, owing to the online nature of the course.

Awards

Those who successfully complete this module will be awarded a digital AOI Certificate of Completion. Students on the Master Practitioner pathway, can use the hours toward their qualification.

International Students & English Requirements

We are happy to take national and international students but you MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language (both written and spoken), so as to ensure that you can engage fully with 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.

If you are interested in this module, please demonstrate your interest via an email to contact@animalosteopathyinternational