Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient Level I

An 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.

The 2021 cohort entry window is now open and closes as soon as the cohort fills.

For an application form, write to:
Email: contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com for an application form.

Our 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 validated by the European School of Osteopathy.

Release dates of the ONLINE modules: The release of the equine modules will commence as soon as the student has been accepted and their payment has been received. 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).

Practicums typically take place in April/May/June and September/October/November. The OEI and OEI Plus Pathway students will run alongside and with the MCP students, so that if they wish to add the practicum to their pathway of learning, they may do so, if there is space.

Online format plus practicum

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. This format also means that our international students (especially), will save thousands of pounds compared with our old face to face only model and feedback has shown that this is most positive.

We offering the programme in two 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 students want to learn online first and then book and pay for the practicum later, they can do that too. We would like to make it clear however, that the Online Enhanced Interactive Pathway on its own (without the practicum) is only intended for those with experience in equine therapeutics who want simply to refresh and enhance their knowledge base, ahead of level two. Any other practitioner, should seek to apply for either the MCP or the OEI Plus which both have practicums.

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

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There are 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 7 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 Equinenergy) – 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 PLUS practicum – This option is brand new for those who are concerned about COVID and spending a lot of money on travelling when the world is so hard to navigate. We are allowing students who would ideally like to attend the MCP in full, to join as an OEI pathway student, with the full intention of joining a practicum once travel is made easier. Students should explain on their application form, that whilst they wish only to purchase the OEI Pathway in the first instance, they fully intend to purchase and attend a practicum session within 24 months of their start date (extensions will be given if marked COVID travel restrictions remain). Students who sign up for this option, will need to undertake the same assessments as MCP students, so as to remain parallel to the cohort. This option means that students will be invoiced £1399 to start the programme (flexible payments available – fees apply) and then again when booking the practicum.
  3. 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 an experienced practitioner of equine manual therapy who would like to move directly into Level II without attending the full practicum. However, such students will be asked to attend a review day of practical before the commencement of any level II modules. This ensures that all students start level two from a similar place. 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. The OEI Pathway contents includes 16 online modules, 6 sessional webinars and access to our online community to communicate with fellow OEI and MCP students.

Dates for practical clinics (for those on our Masterclass Pathway or the OEI Plus Pathway) will be discussed with each cohort, because international clinics may be considered where groups of <12 students study in any given country. Where numbers do not warrant a practicum in 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 osteopathic experience, or who we feel will benefit from additional hands on time or do not fulfil typical criteria of a registered professional. 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. As this varies student to student, the fees for Day 0 are not included in the price and must be paid for separately.
  • 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 and location basis. Ask for more details.

Please note: Day 0 has not been accounted for in the 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.

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