Clinical Competence & Professional Practice – Equine Level II Module 8

This module is the final aspect of the Level II pathway. It includes case based 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. Successful completion leads to a Certificate of Competence from the ESO/AOI.

This is Part of the Level II Pathway – Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient.

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  • This module is used to fine tune your skills and demonstrating your osteopathic knowledge and clinical applications of all taught content to date;
  • It is the final aspect of the Level II pathway and the final module;
  • It is open only to students who have successfully completed all aspects of Level II to this point;
  • It includes an online summary, 1.5 day practicum in the UK, assignments and assessments;
  • You must successfully complete ALL aspects to be given a completion certificate;
  • There will be assessments – theory and practical (that make up your final examinations);
  • You will need to come to the UK for the practicum;
  • It costs £475.00 for 1.5 days of high quality practical plus ALL online content, assessments and certification. Flexible payment options are available.

As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level II pathway, will be delivered online and (where applicable) via dual modality (with practicums). Under the new format, students may apply to take as many modules as they wish, but if they complete the entire pathway successfully, they will be awarded a Certificate by the ESO/AOI.

This module is designed to instil and concrete our student’s knowledge, skills and confidence, to ensure that by the end of the Level II 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. Star up their own practice in the knowledge that they can successfully manage most referred cases.
Indicative content
  • 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 1:9

Total number of hours (to include online webinar, assessments, assignments, 1.5 day revision and open practical assessment event, self-directed study/practice time and clinical feedback):   40 hours
Price:  £475.00

When is this module likely to run?

This is final module of the course and is only open to those on the Level II Pathway. As such, it will be released when our students are nearing the end of their studies. This is likely to be around 12-18 months after the start of the Pathway (Autumn 2020).

Online format and internet requirements:

The module will be partly delivered online. As such, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay. You will not be given a replacement code.

Prerequisites to this course

This modules is only open to students who have successfully completed ALL elements of the Level II pathway.

Online format and internet requirements:

Those who successfully complete this module (and thus the Level II Pathway) will be awarded a digital AOI Certificate of Completion. Students who go on to complete ALL modules of Level II successfully, will be issued with a Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient – Level II – Certificate from the European School of Osteopathy.

Practical session requirements:

Students must have the capacity to come to the UK for the practical sessions and assessments. Without this, no certification will be issued and you will not be deemed competent at a clinical level. As such, students must have both the time and financial resources to attend the UK based practicum associated with this module, which must occur within 12 months of the completion of module 7. Various dates will be issued at the start of each intake of module 7 and Masterclass Pathway – Level II students will be given first refusal. Limited numbers per event do apply. Students are also responsible for the necessary acquisition of any visas that they need to enter the UK and we urge all students to visit the UK government website BEFORE booking on this module, to make yourself fully aware of any additional costs, travel restrictions, COVID testing requirements or quarantine periods that may be enforced as a result of your travel to the UK. We also suggest that you acquire suitable travel insurance to suit your needs.

Please note: The course does not cover the cost of travel, transfers or accommodation. It includes only refreshments (and a light lunch on the full day of the practicums). Please dress appropriately and brings laters and an all weather coat if you are not used to the cooler British weather.

Location of the practicum:

Dorset/Hampshire region (New Forest District) UK.

Owing to the nature of this particular practical event, and the need for the inclusion of internal and external examiners, we do not envisage running this event outside the UK in the next 12-18 months. This is because we must be able to guarantee the quality of the event and all associated assessments.

New Forest District, Hampshire, UK.

Module structure:

This course will be delivered online, via our platform AND via a face to face teaching/assessment practicum in the UK.

Online format and internet requirements:

The module will be delivered online. As such, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay. You will not be given a replacement code.

International Students

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.

Important information: Please read below…

Please note that minimum numbers will be required in order to run the practical session for this module in the UK. That being 6 students. If minimum numbers are not met, AOI reserves the right to cancel the event (within 30 days of the expected date) but will reschedule the event. If for any reason, AOI has to cancel the course within 14 days, (due to extreme circumstances – such as COVID – or a failure on the behalf of our third-party facilities), you will be issued with a new date for the practicum event as soon as the AOI can reschedule it. As a result of the uncertainty that we all currently face, we do not advise that you book any hotels, flights or travel arrangements in advance without cancellation options. AOI will not be held responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such pre-booking because we firmly recommend that you only do so with appropriate insurance or cancellation cover in place.

Our pathway courses are internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy. For more information on the ESO, go to: