New Online Course. Designed with YOU in mind.
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 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:
Programme Information – everything you need to know.
This course is the fundamental building block of all our practitioner level equine programmes and aims to offer practitioners a robust baseline knowledge from which to grow as a equine therapist. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter our Level II equine courses with confidence.
Release dates of the ONLINE modules: Expected around September (or before if we can make it happen). First practical session to be considered as soon as COVID limitations are lifted. As students must first complete all 14 modules of the programme, our first clinics are likely to take place in the Spring of 2021
Our new course and its creation.
This course 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, Belgium, 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 workshop in palpation, practical assessment, treatment and evaluation. But, if some students just want to learn online, they can do that too. I will say now however, that the Foundation 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. That is because, years of teaching has taught us, that even the finest vet, works differently to an osteopathic practitioner. So, we welcome you to join us and hope that you enjoy whichever pathway you choose. But, 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 8 years, here in the UK. Happy studying!
There will be three formats to 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 14 online modules (12 plus 2 bonus), access to our online community to communicate with fellow students, 4 live Q&A webinar sessions PLUS 3 (or 4) 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 14 online modules (12 plus 2 bonus), access to our online community to communicate with fellow students, 4 live Q&A webinar sessions.
- Foundation Online Pathway – online modules only. This pathway is only suitable for students who already have a handle on 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.
Level of teaching and learning: The Masterclass Pathway has been written in line with UK Level 7 postgraduate educational criteria to guarantee that our students are ensured a course of good standing. This means that students will be expected to think autonomously and critically throughout and have successfully completed both online and practical/viva assessments. This is the only pathway where successful students will be awarded formal CPD certification by the AOI/ESO. The other pathways will only activate a certificate of attendance, unless OEIP students upgrade to complete the required practical element and successfully complete all assessments.
Number of Hours for the Masterclass Pathway – created inline with 20 Number of Hours for the Masterclass Pathway – The Masterclass Pathway has been created inline with 20 HE credits – that being 200 total hours of taught and self-directed learning, to complete the entire pathway.
Release dates of the ONLINE modules: Expected release date August/September 2020 or sooner if we can make it happen!
Dates for practical clinics (for those on our Masterclass Pathway) will be discussed with each quarterly cohort, because international clinics will be considered where groups of 12-18 or more students study in any given country. Where numbers do not warrant the lecturers coming to your home country, students who wish to complete the full Masterclass Pathway will be required to attend practical clinics in the UK. These will likely be run for 2-3 days at a time, to reduce the expense of travel and accommodation for students. As AOI cannot guarantee (at this time) that practical clinics will be run outside the UK, please assume that you will need to travel for the practical sessions, in order to complete the full Masterclass Pathway.
Location for practical clinics in the UK (Masterclass Pathway only): New Forest region of Hampshire, UK.
Number of Hours for the Masterclass Pathway – The Masterclass Pathway has been created inline with 20 HE credits – that being 200 total hours of taught and self-directed learning, to complete the entire pathway.
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.
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.
Clinics will be run for 3-4 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.
Number of CPD and Total Guided Learning Hours for the MCP: Guided Learning Hours are the numbers of hours that a student spends “being taught” by the lecturers. This number will be confirmed to prospective students once the whole programme has been completed and uploaded to our new online platform (which is due to be July 2020). but to give students some idea, those interested in the Masterclass Pathway, will have to complete 14 online modules, plus home study, practical exploration, critical reflection and live clinic attendance and assessment.
Course prices and flexible payment options
1. Masterclass Pathway (MCP) – online and practical clinics
£1999 (plus taxes as applicable per country) if paid in FULL at the time of purchase. This will include 14 modules of online learning (12 paid and 2 bonus) via our new Teachable platform, live monthly (classroom style) Q & A webinars (via Click Meeting) with our senior lecturer, Eleanor Andrews to discuss core topics and osteopathic considerations. In additional you will receive access to our private online community to communicate with your fellow students PLUS 3 practical days (in the UK). If a student is required to attend the Day 0 practical, additional fees will apply (circa £230/student). For all practical days, travel, accommodation and food costs will be at the students own expense. MCP students also get first refusal on all practical dates, via a VIP early bird booking form which is sent to your inbox. This gives you 7 days in which to accept access onto the next practical clinic, in advance of all other students.
2. Online Enhanced Interaction Pathway (OEIP) – online without practical clinics
£1399 (plus taxes as applicable per country) if paid in FULL at the time of purchase. This will include 14 modules of online learning (12 paid and 2 bonus) via our new Teachable platform,live monthly (classroom style) Q & A webinars (via Click Meeting) with our senior lecturer, Eleanor Andrews to discuss core topics and osteopathic considerations. In additional you will receive access to our private online community to communicate with your fellow students. If a student on this pathway wishes to add the practical days to their package at a later date, they may do so. The 3 day practical clinic must be attended in full (without exception). The fee to attend the clinic is an additional £750. This must be paid in full at least one month before the start of the event. Student that are required to attend Day 0 (see above for more details), will be required to pay an additional £250. Additional costs incurred through travel, accommodation and food for these events will be at the students own expense. Please note: Our clinics are run with excellent tutor:student ratio. As a result, once they are full, you will have to wait for the next event to be released before your practical dates can be confirmed. MCP students will be given first refusal of all practical dates, so as an OEIP student you may not always be able to attend the exact dates you want. This is a risk you take as an OEIP student.
3. Foundation Online Pathway – online only – no clinical interaction
£999 (plus taxes as applicable per country) if paid in FULL at the time of purchase.This pathway is only suitable for students who already have a handle on 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 pathway, if your intension is to use it as part of a new career path. No certification will be given for this pathway, as there is no way for the AOI to ascertain your level of knowledge or learning.
Flexible Payments are available via our online teaching platform. This will allow students to spread the cost of the course over 6 separate payments. This will allow students to purchase 2 modules at a time, in the appropriate order of study – as led by the course leader. Such flexible payments are available on all the pathways.
Refund Policy As the AOI has been explicit about the content of this course and has been clear about the types of students that it will best suit (or not) we do not expect there to be a need to refund your money. However, if you are particularly unhappy with the course, for reasons that were not clear to you beforehand, we will refund the cost of the course at any time within the first 30 days. This is in line with Teachable.com’s own refund policy.
The Masterclass Pathway is internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy
The aim of the course is to offer practitioners a robust baseline knowledge from which to grow as a equine therapist. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter our Level II equine courses with confidence.
Online Format and internet requirements: The first 14 modules will be delivered online (12 paid and 2 bonus). As such, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI cannot be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you are attending a “live” webinar as part of your chosen route of learning, and you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay. You will not be given a replacement code.
Who can apply?
Owing to the changes in the political landscape of animal therapeutics in the UK and Europe, the AOI has begun to open its doors to non-osteopaths. As such, this course is now open to all those that have a veterinary or professional therapeutic background (such as vets, veterinary nurses, osteopaths, physiotherapists, advanced bodywork therapists etc.). It would also be suitable for final year students, from any of the mentioned disciplines. BUT, we would recommend that anyone who purchases the course be comfortable around dogs, have some experience handing them and enough clinical competence to understand the professional commitment that they are entering into.
Students who purchase the Masterclass Pathway, will be evaluated by the AOI because we want to make sure that those who apply, are [at least] likely to succeed with the right amount of commitment . Each case will be considered individually and the AOI reserves the right to enforce the need for Day 0 inclusion (see above) at the practical clinic if inadequate evidence has been supplied in advance, to the extent that we surmise that you are going to struggle with the content and potentially be unsuccessful in the completion of your certification. This is typically the case for students who have little or no hands on therapeutic experience with dogs. Such cases will be discussed with the student when first they apply, if their background is highlighted on application or if their professional background is known [by the AOI} to typically result in hands-on challenges e.g. a canine hydrotherapist who has very little in the way of palpation or manual therapy experience.
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 CPD 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
- Introduction and professional communications;
- Horse handling and equine paces;
- Osteopathic concepts for the equine patient;
- Palpation practice;
- Equine behavioural science;
- Case history taking and report writing;
- Global assessment, gait and active assessment;
- Forelimb anatomy, orthopaedic considerations and forelimb assessment;
- Hindlimb anatomy, orthopaedic considerations, hindlimb and assessment
- Thoracic and lumbar anatomy, orthopaedic considerations and assessment;
- Cervical anatomy, orthopaedic considerations and cervical assessment;
- Integration of the dog as a whole (bonus content)
- Soft tissue theory and application;
- Stretching theory and application;
- Joint articulation theory and application;
- Osteopathic integration;
- Creating treatment plans, home management advice and considerations,
- Summary and consolidation of learning.
EXCELLENT TUTOR RATIO AT OUR CLINICS WILL ENSURE LOTS OF HANDS-ON PRACTICAL
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.