Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient – Level II – Module 1

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.

Indicative Content:

  • Adaptations of core osteopathic principles and concepts to enhance your equine practice
  • Adaptations of osteopathic models of to enhance your approach to equine practice
  • Application of these principles/concepts and their importance to enhance your equine case history taking 
  • How to utilise these concepts and models to enhance your creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols 
  • MSK case based application of these concepts, principles and models.

Why Study this Course?

Many people ask what the difference is between an osteopath and other manual therapists. One of the core answers is the way we think and what we do with the information that we attain from the horse, owner and other professionals. For example, an osteopath might come up with the same working hypothesis as another manual therapists, but, if an osteopath concludes that the reason behind the pattern of pathological disease or dysfunction is caused by external factors – such as external stressors instigated by the owner (or its environment), the osteopath would work as hard to change that factor – via education or referral, as they would to treat the symptoms. This is because osteopaths understand the basis of functional medicine, which is, that everything (from within or from without) can cause dis-ease. One fine example of this is the cortisol reaction caused by stress and all the physical symptoms that occur as a result (weight gain, heart pathology, diabetes etc.). As such, true osteopaths believe that treating nothing more than the site of pain (or dysfunction) is merely patching up the symptoms, it is not treating the “whole” patient nor the CAUSE of the dis-ease. This module will teach you how to evaluate a patient’s “whole picture” and what to do with the information. It’s also an immensely useful module to review as your depth of knowledge increases. This is because the more you know about equine medicine and anatomy, the greater the field of opportunity to be a truly osteopathic practitioner. We hope you enjoy!

Number of study hours (total guided learning hours and self-directed study):   7 hours
Price:  £99.00

When is this module likely to be released?

This module is likely to be released sometime in the autumn of 2020. Join our mailing list to get live updates if you’d like to attend.

AOI ensures that all its pathway graduates leave with a deeper understanding of anatomy and of how to modify and integrate osteopathic philosophy and concepts into animal practice, so that they can treat a much wider audience than some of their colleagues. That is the beauty of osteopathic thinking.

Module structure:

This course will be delivered online, via our Teachable.com platform.

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.

Prerequisites to this course

Students can undertaken this module as a standalone course or as part of the Full Level II Pathway – Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient. As such, the prerequisite to this course is simply to have completed Part I (which is part of the Level I pathway or can be taken as a standalone module). This is because the two modules lead neatly on from one to the another, so we do not allow students to skip Part I, as this would lead to poor understanding and an inability to integrate the concepts comfortably into one’s own practice.

Online format and internet requirements:

Those who successfully complete this module 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.

Who can apply for this module (and the Full Level II Pathway):

This course is for equine osteopaths, veterinary and manual professionals or those training in the equine musculoskeletal profession who wish to develop their practice and understand a holistic approach to the equine patient. Proof of prior experience and education is only essential where the student wishes to complete the entire Level II pathway and has not been a student of ours in the past. Also, as stipulated above, ALL applicants must have completed Part I.

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.

Full Level II Pathway Students – Prerequisites:

Attendees who want to attend the Full Level II Pathway (with an intention of attaining certification, must have successfully completed one of the following:

  • AOI’s Equine Level I – MCP pathway (no other pathway considered); or
  • AOI’s Level (or Stage) I CPD courses – condensed or standards; or
  • The ESO Equine Foundation Course; or
  • Have provided AOI with mapped evidence of existing knowledge base with proof of certification from another educational provider.

Full Pathway applicants must only start Level II modules if they can guarantee they have the following as a minimum:

  • A solid musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the equine model;
  • Sound competence in the equine musculoskeletal assessment process;
  • Sound competence in the equine musculoskeletal treatment process (articulation, stretching and soft tissue);
  • An ability to critically consider common orthopaedic conditions;
  • An ability to critically reflect upon one’s own limitations and work with other veterinary practitioners where required.
  • An unquestionable ability to know the indications and contraindications of treatment and when an animal should be seen by a vet with immediate effect.

Please note: If you apply for the Full Level II Pathway (with or without the completion of a conversation course), informing us that you are up to the required standard, yet within the first 2-3 modules your grades and/or technical skills indicate clearly that you are not, we will recommend that you move onto a Level I pathway and put your Level II learning on hold. This is simply to guide you accordingly, so successful completion is more likely long term. No refunds will be made for the modules that you have studied or those you are completing at the time, but you won’t have to pay full price when you return to the modules at a later date. In light of this information, please ensure that you apply for courses at the right level and do not “up-sell” yourself, to bypass Level  I.  Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to apply for courses that are suitable to their level of knowledge, competence and experience, so we  strongly advise that do not apply for a course or pathway in the hope that you will somehow manage to hide your lack of skill and knowledge. Doing so will be costly and is unprofessional because it affects the whole cohort and it means someone more suitable did not get onto the course, because you were given a place. We make it clear here, that the AOI teaching team will not be in a position to give an ill-equipped individual, undivided attention, (to bring them up to speed). This is unfair on other delegates and there just isn’t the time. Furthermore, certificates will not be issued to any student who deliberately tries to skew the system.  We will always do our very best to support your journey, but we do expect all applicants to be open and honest about their level of competence.

If you would are interested in joining Level II, please contact us via email on contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com to demonstrate an interest, so we can stay in touch and let you know when the course goes live. We look forward to having you onboard!

Our pathway courses are internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy. For more information on the ESO, go to: https://www.eso.ac.uk