Join the CoD Conversion Course in 2023!

Functional (Osteopathic) Conversion Course (Equine & Canine Versions Available)

For graduates of the Center of Dyreterapi (CoD) who hold a certificate in Fysiurgisk Hesteterapeut or the canine equivalent.


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From 2022, some CoD graduates will be able to join AOI through a new and exciting pathway of study. This means that CoD equine  graduates who hold certification as a Fysiurgisk Hesteterapeut (or the canine equivalent), will be able to apply for AOI’s Diploma in Animal Functional Osteopathy, via a bespoke conversion course, that allows CoD graduates to bypass some (previously studied elements) of AOI’s Academic Programme. 

Why has this happened? Because, CoD’s pathway has been stringently evaluated by AOI, and shown to provide one of the highest quality of courses in manual therapy available in Denmark.

This means that CoD, graduates that have already undertaken hundreds of hours of high quality training and hands-on practice, are welcome on our Diploma Programme via this conversion course. 

Although the 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, AOI can confirm that the standard of CoD manual therapy graduates appropriately fulfils entry criteria to our Academic Programme, (as long as the student has also studied at degree level in the past or is willing to undertake an additional short (online) course in Introduction to Clinical Research Methodology and Analysis. 

The CoD conversion course (which is an amended version of year one of the Diploma programme), comprises 470 total learning hours, which includes directed learning, self-directed study, and practical hours. Additionally, students must complete clinical cases, assessments and an externship as part of the course. 

The course begins with an online programme of study (presentations, case study practice, videos and LIVE webinars), followed by two (4-day) high quality, small group practicums – plus clinical assessment. All eight days of practicum will be taken with existing year one students to enhance learning opportunities. 

At this time we are accepting applications for the 2023 Denmark (and UK version) of the Diploma programme. This means that those who wish to study via CoD conversion, need to apply soon – as space is strictly limited.

Each version of the programme (canine or equine) will start in September/October 2023 with TWO (four-day) practical workshops in Hirtshals in the first half of 2024 and TWO Diploma Year practicums in 2025. 

This amazing opportunity gives CoD practitioners a chance to join AOI’s Academic Programme toward becoming a fully qualified 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 Canine or Equine Functional (Osteopathic) Conversion Course (CoD version) must have successfully completed the following:

  1. The equine course taught by the Centre of Dyreterapi, which resulted in the title of Fysiurgisk Hesteterapeut, or the canine equivalent.
  2. The Clinical Research Methodology and Analysis short online course (or something similar) – unless you hold a degree already –  in which case you are not required to do this. 

This hybrid course is taught in English by blended learning (that being online and with eight days of practical workshops spread over two events).

Transcripts of almost all videos, which accompany the online course, are available to assist those who do not speak English as a first language.

English competence at the IELTS 6.5 or above is still essential, as an official translator wil not be present. Please note also, that the course must be taken on a laptop – not a smart-phone or tablet, as the software does not work well with the latter technology and may cause issues for the student. 

Academic Pathway - the stages to becoming a Master Practitioner

The Equine (or Canine) Conversion Courses replaces year one of the Diploma Programme for CoD equine (or canine) graduates. Once a student successfully completes the course, they enter year two of the Diploma automatically. Further details of this year can be found in our 2023 Prospectus – email us for a copy. 

Successful completion of AOI’s 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. 

Please note: For those who do not come from an osteopathic [human] background, AOI cannot and will not endorse inappropriate use of the term “osteopathic or osteopathy” in countries where it is illegal to use this title. In situations where the student has successfully studied the AOI Diploma but cannot use the title Equine Functional Osteopathic Practitioner in their country, we recommend they use the title Equine Functional Practitioner instead. 

Whilst CoD students are given an amended version of year one (of the full Diploma), which fills in any identified gaps in their osteopathic learning. All students are expected to complete year two of the Diploma Programme; and must do so before being awarded AOI certification. Once the student has reached Diploma level they will have the necessary tools to work autonomously or in group practice as a Functional Osteopath/Functional Practitioner.

Payment Options for the CoD Conversion Course

The CoD conversion course and year two of the Diploma can be purchased separately or together. There are benefits either way.

The key thing to note is that if you wish to pay over 12 months (as opposed to a lesser period), you must sign up on, or before, the 1st April 2023 and start paying for the course on acceptance of your application. Ask for more information if this is important to you. 

All students who wish to pay by flexible payments, need to pay an initial invoice as a non-refundable payment. This secures your place. 

Option One: Payment over 12 months. You will pay a £500.00 non-refundable month one invoice (exc.VAT) plus fees for the other 11 months of £250.30/month (exc. VAT). Once complete you would purchase the Diploma year at 2024 prices. Only available for those who enrol on or before April 1st 2023. 

Option Two: Payment by one payment £3254.00 (exc.VAT) – £500 of this amount is non-refundable and secures your seat. 

If you wish to purchase the whole Diploma – with the conversion course as year one, you are welcome to do so. This means you purchase year two at 2023 prices, not 2024. The price of the CoD conversion PLUS year two of the Diploma would be £6905.00 (exc. VAT). If you wish to pay this over 12 months, you would pay a £500 (exc. VAT) non-refundable payment initially, and a further 11 payments of £582.27/month (exc. VAT) 

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.

What's Included in the (CoD) Conversion Course?

  • A bespoke CoD online teaching experience for all theoretical elements of the programme. This can be  has been written specifically for the EFOCC (CoD) and can be studied from home, as suits you. 
  • EIGHT days of hands-on practicum – Two (four-day) high-quality practical workshops – taught in Hirtshals, in English. 
  • Recommended student activities to keep you on track. 
  • In-course quizzes to check your learning. 
  • Written and practical assessments. 
  • Online community page 
  • Networking opportunities because you study with AOI’s Certificate Programme students from day one. 
  • Access to our Student Support Manager  
  • LIVE drop-in events for Q&As
  • Externship post-practicum to consolidate learning. This can take place in your home country. 
In addition to the above, CoD students must complete year two which has a further nine-days of practical workshops including clinical review and assessments (in addition to the usual online learning process and an externship post-practicum).

2023 Prospectus Now Available

If you graduated from the Centre of Dyreterapi and would like to apply for the conversion course pathway of our Diploma via the Equine Functional Osteopathic Conversion Course, mail us today for a 2023 Prospectus: 

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