Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient Level I

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! Save time, money and learn from the comfort of your own home.

COVID 19 has made us re-think our strategy. As such, we now deliver much of this programme online with a single extended practicum in 2021 (students choose from Spring and Autumn). If required, you have 24 months to complete the programme, although 8-10 months is most common. The next cohort entry window opens in January/February 2021 – or before if the cohort fills with 18 confirmed MCP students.

This level one programme 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. The MCP pathway is internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy.

Release dates of the ONLINE modules: The release of the next equine modules will commence the 4th January 2021, (but students can commence studying at any time after this date, as everything is automated under the new system. As students must first complete all 16 modules of the programme and the 6 webinars, the first practicum dates for this course will be Autumn 2021 in line with our Canine Level One programme (for students who wish to do both practicums together).

Our new course and its creation.

This dual modality course has taken thousands of 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). As a result, 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. We would like to make it clear however, that the Online Enhanced Interactive Pathway is only intended for those with experience in equine 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.

Course content, format and teaching level & learning hours – click below:

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There will be three formats to this course:

  1. 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 webinar sessions PLUS 3 (or 4) days of practical clinic here in the South of England. See below for more details. Private tuition is also available upon request (fees apply). The MCP is the programme best suited to human osteopaths or physiotherapists, chiropractors and vets (with a therapeutic background). It is also suitable for professionally trained equine bodywork therapists (such as those qualified to a high standard with EquineEnergy) – although non-registered practitioners are all considered on a case by case basis, when we evaluate both qualifications and experience.
  2. Online Enhanced Interaction (OEI) 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 equine patients, such as animal physiotherapists, animal chiropractors and some veterinarians (who have experience in the manual therapeutic arena). It is not suitable for those outside these professions. It would also make an excellent revision tool or a refresher for a past practitioners of equine manual therapy who would like to move directly into Level II without attending the MCP practicum. However, such students will be asked to attend a Refresher Practicum, the day before the commencement of any level II course. Students who wish to use the OEIP for this purpose will need to show evidence of their practical experience before being considered for this pathway option and they will be expected to achieve an overall pass on all modules of the Level I pathway before being considered for any Level II courses. OEIP contents includes 16 online modules, access to our online community to communicate with fellow students, 6 webinar sessions.

Dates for practical clinics (for those on our Masterclass Pathway) will be discussed with each quarterly cohort, because international clinics may be considered where groups of <18 students study in any given country. Where numbers do not warrant the lecturers coming to your home country, students will be required to attend a 3-4 day practicum in the UK. These will be run as a block of practical study, 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. If you are very keen to have us run a local event, please write to us with your proposal.

Location for practical clinics in the UK (Masterclass Pathway only): Dorset/Hampshire. UK.

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 practicums will take place in 3-4 times a year (depending on student numbers). These will take place during the finer weather months for student comfort and the reduced risks of travel disruption. These are most likely to be run from an equine facility the Dorset/Hampshire area. But if we get a large international cohort, we do sometimes look at a location closure to an international airport. Ultimately, we try to use locations that suit each cohort, so this will be discussed closure to the practicum, once the cohort has been concluded.

The practicum clinic will be run in a block of 3-4 days, 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 requested of those who join us with minimal therapeutic experience, who we feel will benefit from additional hands on time or do not fulfil typical criteria of a registered professional (vet (without therapeutic experience), osteopath, physiotherapists or chiropractor). Attendance of Day 0 is at the discretion of the AOI and if you are asked to attend, it will be part of the qualifying criteria.
  • 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.

Private Tuition – private one-to-one or small group tuition is also available by request (fees apply). Such additional tuition is typically added BEFORE the start of the practicum, because Day 3 includes assessments. Fees are agreed based on numbers.

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 UK, 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.

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 16 modules will be delivered online, as will the webinars and any Facebook LIVE chats. In addition, all aspects fo the course are available for re-watching for the duration of the course period. 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” session as part of your chosen route of learning, and you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay.

Who can apply for our Level I courses? Click below:

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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 Equine Patient – Level I). Students of the OEI pathway will achieve a AOI Certificate of Attendance, which will clearly stipulate that you have not been practically assessed, and those who decide to undertake the Online Only Pathway, will be issued with a document of fulfilment (which will state that all quizzes have been successfully completed, but that no further assessment has taken place.).

Fees and Payment Options – click below:

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Can I use the title Osteopath (or the word Osteopathy or Osteopathic) within 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, Osteopathic 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, Osteopathic or Osteopathy” within 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.


For an application form, please send an email to contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com

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