New Online Course. Designed with YOU in mind.
Last entry date for the next cohort : 31st July 2020
Everything you need to start your new career, whilst saving on the cost of travel, accommodation and time away from home/work.
OUR NEW STRATEGY IS BETTER FOR YOU ALL ROUND
COVID 19 has made us re-think our strategy. As such, we will be delivering many aspects of this course online, starting end of July 2020 (and then via an “on demand” basis – via our brand new online platform). We will also run regular face to face clinics for additional hands on practical support (for our Masterclass Pathway students – see below), which will allow you to concrete your theoretical knowledge, fine tune technique and for us to evaluate your progress. This time will also offer an opportunity for you to work closely with our team and receive valuable feedback about your work. If you wish for us to keep you up to date with course information, please complete the form at the bottom on this page.
This course is the fundamental building block of all our practitioner level canine programmes and aims to offer practitioners a robust baseline knowledge from which to grow as a canine therapist. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter our Level II canine courses with confidence.
Release dates of the ONLINE modules: The modules open on the 13th July 2020, but remain open until the 31st July for new students. First practical session is likely to be in early April 2021. As students must first complete all 16 modules of the programme, end of module assessments and all self-directed learning activities associated with the content.
Our new course and its creation.
This programme of modules has taken us over a thousand hours to create, because online teaching has very different demands and expectations to that of face to face learning. Everything has to be logged clearly and precisely and videos have to be slower and highly specific to ensure that a student who is watching online at home, can see clearly how to palpate an area of anatomy or stretch a particular limb. Furthermore, as a result of COVID limitations, we have had to work remotely with an international team of lecturers to produce video footage and presentations for the course. They have worked tirelessly in Finland, New Zealand and the UK to make this happen. We are indebted to them all for their commitment.
What does this mean for you?
COVID has redesigned how we travel and move about (for the time being at least). So, the AOI decided that if everyone else could use online classrooms, so could we. In developing the online model we also realised the plus side to online programmes from the students perspective and research backed up our theory. Having the programme online means that students can study from the comfort of their own home, no matter in which country they live. This saves an enormous amount of time and money, because you won’t need multiple days away from home, accommodation for each weekend and costs associated with travel. In addition, you don’t need to take vast amounts of time off work or worry about child care etc. All these issues have repeatedly come up for us over the years, so we know they are limiting factors for many students. But… not anymore! This new format means that our international students (especially), will save thousands of pounds compared with our old model, so we hope that overall, this concept will be favourable.
We’re offering the programme in three different formats, so that those who want to achieve full certification to practice can still visit the UK (and possibly locations abroad) to attend a 3-4 day long (back to back) workshop in palpation, practical assessment, treatment and evaluation. But, if some students or discerning owners just want to learn online, they can do that too. We do advise however, that the Online Pathway is really only intended for those with a firm handle on canine therapeutics; whose hands are already fine tuned to palpation and assessment or for those who just want to learn the content for personal use. That is because, years of teaching has taught us, that even the finest vet, works differently to an osteopathic practitioner and lacks the degree of palpation necessary for successful treatment outcomes. As a result, we ask that you think carefully before you purchase and if possible, attend the full Masterclass Pathway, which is ultimately the same programme that we have taught now for over 6 years, here in the UK.
The three format options for this course:
- Masterclass Pathway (MCP) – This is the equivalent to our Professional Level I (Stage I) course that we have run for the last 6 years, in association with the ESO. It includes 16 online modules, access to our online community to communicate with fellow students, 6 live webinar sessions PLUS 3 (or 4) consecutive days of practical clinic here in the beautiful New Forest in the South of England. See below for more details.
- Online Enhanced Interaction (OEIP) Pathway – This is the MCP pathway without the inclusion of the practical sessions. It is best suited to those who already have nicely tuned hands and experience in a therapeutic field with canine patients. It would make an excellent revision tool or a refresher for a student who would like to move directly into Level II without attending the Level I practicums. This would only be the case where a student could demonstrate that their primary need is an understanding of osteopathic concepts and approaches, rather than learning everything from scratch. Students who wish to use the OEIP for this purpose will need to demonstrate their practical experience before being considered at Level II and they will be expected to achieve an overall pass on all modules of the Level I pathway. Contents includes 16 online modules, access to our online community to communicate with fellow students, 6 live webinar sessions. An upgrade option to include the practicum is available at additional cost, but OEIP students who wish to take this route MUST attend all online aspects of the course and pass all assignments and assessments to be considered for the practicum.
- Online Only Pathway – online modules only. This pathway is only suitable for students who already have experience in the field of canine therapeutics, who wish to expand their field of knowledge, or students who simply wish to learn more about dogs for their own interest. There are no upgrade options, so please think carefully before choosing this option, if your intension is to use the content as part of a new career path.
Language: The course is taught in English (UK) so it is essential that all international students be proficient in all aspects of the English language, both spoken and written. Without this level of understanding, students will not only struggle with the module presentations, but also find practical clinics and assessments extremely demanding – if not impossible. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise at any point throughout this course. It is your responsibility to know your level of language competency and apply accordingly.
Masterclass Pathway (MCP) and Online Enhanced Interaction students, must engage with the following activities (see pathway options on the course page HERE for more details):
- All prospective students must read the course page clearly, so that they understand the content and level of commitment. Choosing the pathway that best suits THEIR needs;
- All prospective students must sign a declaration to say as such, when they join the programme;
- Once signed up, students have the liberty to watch whatever content they see fit – although we strongly advise that you watch all lectures in full, (no mater what your background), because revision and review can only make you a better practitioner and no one remembers everything;
- At the end of every module, there is a mini assessment quiz. All students must attain 70% or above before the next module block is released. This means that if you want to skip a module’s lecturers and webinars (and just take the assessment), you have the option to do so. But, you must still attain 70% plus on the assessment to move forward in the course;
- At the end of the online programme, MCP students only will be asked to sign up for the 3 or 4 consecutive day practicum in the UK. Other locations maybe offered but, at this time, students must assume that they have to come to the UK. More information can be found on our website: Click HERE.
- As the MCP is a certified course, no exemptions can be made for attendance to the practical clinics. If you wish to attain certification, you need to attend in full and pass the practical assessments (Pass mark 60%).
- All those who purchase this particular course are expected to pay the full amount – whether in one payment or 6). You are at liberty to skip over content if you honestly feel that you know it already and well enough to pass the assessments (although we suggest strongly that you don’t). What you must understand is that the AOI will not issue refunds (after the first 30 day refund policy period (that is issued by Teachable.com). So, if you think the course not be suitable, we suggest instead that you look at the next level up or even consider one of our standalone workshops (which we hope to release later this year).
3-4 day Practical Clinics
To attend one of our practical events, you must first have successfully completed all aspects of the online programme. This ensures that your knowledge base is appropriate for the clinic setting.
For those on the Masterclass Pathway, face to face practicum clinics will take place 2-4 times a year (depending on student numbers. Taking place during the finer weather months for student comfort and the reduced risks of travel disruption. These will be run from a suitable facility within New Forest, Hampshire area. Any other locations will be discussed with each cohort, because it will depend on the geographical locations of our students. If for example, we receive an overwhelming interest from students in the North of the UK, we will happily arrange to run a practical clinic in a more suitable location. International clinics however, will be considered where groups of 16 or more students are studying in any given country. Additional fees will apply if this occurs, due to the need for the teaching team to travel outside the UK. Where numbers do not warrant the lecturers coming to your home country/region, students will be required to attend practical clinics in the New Forest, Hampshire region of the UK.
Practicum events will be run for 3-4 consecutive days at a time, to reduce the expense of travel and accommodation for students and staff. The format of which will be as follows:
- Day 0: This day will be offered to those with minimal experience, who feel that they will benefit from additional hands on time or have been advised to dose by the AOI.
- Day 1: Forelimb, hindlimb and spinal palpation, active and passive assessment, and gait assessment;
- Day 2: Application of soft tissue, stretching and articulation techniques to the spine and limbs;
- Day 3: Teaching/demo clinic to enhance understanding. Osteopathic case discussion. Practical student assessment and vivas.
Please note: Day 0 has not been accounted for in any costings applied to this course. As such, students will be asked to pay for this in addition to all other expenses. Also, as AOI cannot guarantee that practical clinics will be run outside the New Forest region, please assume that you will need to travel to this location for the practical sessions, in order to complete the full Masterclass Pathway. Furthermore, the AOI cannot be held responsible for any restrictions placed on travel, inside or outside the UK (as happened with COVID 19). If this happens, we will run practical clinics as quickly as we can, as soon as restrictions are lifted and we can ensure the safely of our staff and students. Refunds will not be given to students who sign up with any other assumptions.
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A variety of assessments will be used on the Masterclass Pathway, to ensure that all types of learner have a chance to shine. Both formative and summative assessments will be included to actively ensure that students fully engage along the way, and to offer graduates a final certificate that they can be proud to own. Please note: we have years of experience with students who struggle with assessments. So, if you’re one of those people, rest assured, we will support you as much as we can, to help you succeed.
PLEASE NOTE: Without exception: For students enrolled on the Masterclass Pathway, all modules must be studied and passed (70% pass mark) in order of sequence, because each piece of knowledge builds upon the next. The same would apply for any OEIP student who thinks that they will want to upgrade and attend the practical sessions.
Awards: Those who successfully complete the Masterclass Pathway will be awarded a unique AOI/ESO Certificate (Osteopathic Approach to the Canine Patient – Level I). Students of the other two pathways will only achieve a certificate of attendance, which will clearly stipulate that you have not been practically assessed.
The aim of the course is to offer practitioners a robust baseline knowledge from which to grow as a canine therapist. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter our Level II canine courses with confidence.
Can I use the title Osteopath (or the word Osteopathy) on my marketing, once I graduate from the Masterclass Pathway?
In a nutshell, it depends. At this time, whilst regulation in this field remains a grey area, the AOI recommends that those thinking to practice in the UK, follow the guidelines given by the General Osteopathic Council. This being, that one cannot use the word “Osteopathy or Osteopath” in the UK, unless they are a registered human osteopath. This is to ensure that no misunderstanding occurs in public domain. As such, if your aim is to have the “title” Osteopath or Osteopathy on your marketing, we would urge you to check with local regulations before you apply. The AOI cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from regulatory limitations. If this issue is of importance to you, please ensure that you are signed up to our mailing list, so that updates can be shared with you as soon as we know more.
All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals. It is the students responsibility to speak to their current insurance company about their intentions to ensure they can acquire insurance for the practical elements of the course. AOI will not be held responsible for a lack of research in this area before commencement of the pathway and no refunds will be given as a result of insufficient due diligence.
COVID and International Students: We are happy to take national and international students onto our MCP but please do NOT book flights or hotels until the Director of Education has sent course confirmation to you about dates, location and UK border control expectations.
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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