Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient – Level II – Module 4

Stage Level – II – Mobilisation Adjustments and Toggles 

Expected Dates and location: Due to COVID 19, we may deliver some or all of this course online. We are currently trialing several professional platforms, to ensure that whatever we deliver to you, will be the very best in its league. We are also looking to run face to face workshops for courses that need additional hands on support. If you wish for us to keep you up to date with course information, please enter your email below and you will be added to our mailing list.

Location for face to face workshops: New Forest, Hampshire, UK. Others maybe considered where groups of 6 or more students approach us with a collective interest.

PLEASE NOTE: Without exception: All dates must be attended as the course will build upon the content that you learn each day.

Number of CPD hours:  28 hours

Price:  £799

Internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy 

Course structure: This is module 4 of the Level II Osteopathic Approach to the equine patient course, allowing you to develop your osteopathic skills for the equine patient, continuing on from the level I/Foundation course. This module looks at mobilisation adjustments and toggles, to engage the body in treatment through joints and neurological reflex arcs and comprises of a mixture of theory and practical elements over 4 days 

The aim of this module is to ensure students are skilled in the application of mobilisation adjustments and toggle techniques, enhancing palpation to enable the determination of joint lines and effective technique application inside the ‘safe zone’ within the equine patient.  Improve your skills and abilities in applying mobilisation adjustment and toggle techniques to work with the horse’s body, enhancing the assimilation of treatment. Create finesse in finding the restrictive barrier to enable effective technique whilst working with the horse rather than needing to fight. This module will enhance your efficacy of treatment and open the range of horses you can apply these techniques to, learn to be accurate and use finesse rather than force, in order to be able to apply techniques to a whole spectrum of equine patients, young and old.

The Level II Osteopathic Approach to the equine patient course runs over modules 1-6 with a pre-requisite module 0 (a total of 20 days).  Modules can be taken in succession or chosen from as required. The aim of the course is to offer practitioners a deeper knowledge to support and develop their animal practice. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter our Stage III workshops with confidence.

Awards: Those who successfully complete the 4-day workshop will be awarded an AOI/ESO CPD Certificate of Attendance: Treating the Equine Patient through Mobilisation Adjustments and Toggles. 

Those who successfully complete all Level II Modules (0-6 inclusive) will receive an AOI/ESO certificate of Osteopathic approach to the equine patient – Level II

Indicative content:

  • The restrictive barrier, what does this really mean?
  • Theories of mobilisation adjustments and toggles
  • Indications/Contraindications to technique
  • Joint line palpation – are you where you think you are?
  • How to ensure effective technique
  • Types of ‘High velocity, Low amplitude techniques’
  • “It’s all bout the click” – or is it?
  • Finding the barrier – finesse
  • Applying the ‘thrust’
  • Effective application of mobilisation adjustments and toggle techniques – skill not force!
  • Adapting techniques for old and young
  • High practical content with demonstrations and practical
  • Low student to horse ratio (1 between every 2-3 students)
  • Low tutor to student ratio (maximum 1:6 students)

Who can apply: 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 equine practice. Proof of prior experience and education is essential. Without exception. All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals. 

Pre-requisites: Attendees must have completed a minimum of all 8 days of the Equine Level I/Equine Foundation course and Level II modules 1 and 2 or equivalent and have provided AOI with mapped evidence of existing knowledge base with proof of certification from another educational provider. All applicants must have:

  1. Baseline musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the equine model
  2. A equine musculoskeletal assessment process (which includes joint testing).
  3. Understanding of a variety of soft tissue techniques and the aims of stretching/articulation.
  4. Ability to apply soft tissue, stretching and articulation techniques to the equine patient.
  5. Safe and confident handling of the equine model in an therapeutic manner.

Please note: If you apply for a Stage II workshop, informing us that you are up to the required standard, and within the first 1-2 days/workshops it is clear to us that you are not, you will be asked to leave and attend Stage I before continuing. No refunds will be made for the course that you are attending at the time and if you are within a month of any other Stage II courses (that you have signed up for), you will lose your deposit. As such, please ensure that you apply for the right level and do not “up-sell” yourself, to bypass Stage I. Doing so could be costly and is not professional. 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.

International Students: We are happy to take national and international students but pleases do NOT book flights or hotels until the Educational Director has sent course confirmation. This is due to the high costs of this course and the need for minimum numbers. International delegates MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise.

Costs and fees explained: Deposit: £199 (non-refundable after 29th September 2020). Interim court payment £300 to be paid no later than 20th October 2020. Final course payment: £300 to be paid no later than 17th November 2020. Delegates are responsible for the FULL cost of the course, irrespective of personal circumstances that may lead you to miss individual dates. 

To hold a place on this course, you need to pay a holding deposit of £199.00 as soon as you have been accepted on the course. This must be paid within 7 days of your acceptance email or you may lose your place. The deposit is 50% refundable until the 29th September 2020, after which time it will become non-refundable, due to the costs that we will incur. AOI will not be held responsible for back transfer fees incurred as a result of payment, any deposits returned will be minus these fees.

Important information: Please read below.

Please note that minimum numbers will be required in order to run this course. If minimum numbers are not met the AOI reserves the right to cancel the courseIf for any reason, AOI has to cancel the course, (either due to inadequate numbers or failure on the behalf of our third-party facilities), you will be refunded in full. However, as a result of having a minimum number requirement (due to the high cost nature of this course), we do not advise you to pay for 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. 

Further information: Please contact the AOI team via email at: animalosteopathyinternational@gmail.com or let us have your email and we’ll add you to our mailing list and keep you up to date. 

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