Equine Foundation Course

2021/2022 Enrolment is open

A one year course taught by blended learning with one 4-5 day practicum.

The Foundation Course aims to offer practitioners who are new to equine osteopathy a robust baseline knowledge from which to move into the Diploma modules. With the theoretical element being taught online, students can apply all year around to start the online component as soon as they are accepted. However, the practicum is typically offered 6-8 months after course commencement. This gives adequate time for the student to complete their home activities and self-study components.

Blended learning works better for our students

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. The blended learning 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.

Course format

This course comprises 16 online modules with an excellent range of presentations, videos and home activities. 6 on-demand webinars, access to our online community to communicate with fellow students, live student support throughout the course and a 4-5 day practicum, plus case studies and clinical assessments. You are given up to 12 months to complete the online content, which takes the average student 6-8 months. You are then invited to a practicum event. Each student gets offered 2 practicum options within a 24 month period. You will be required to choose your practicum period when you book. These typically run in the UK, Denmark and Calgary, Canada.

English Language Requirements

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. However, we do produce full transcriptions for the online component, so that you can translate them if you wish to help your learning. Without a good ear for the English language, students will likely struggle with the module presentations, and find the practical clinics and assessments extremely demanding – if not impossible. The AOI is arranging for a Danish student to be present at the 2022 practicum, but this is merely for clarity, not for full translation and, as such, should not be relied upon. We hope in the next 2-3 years to run the L1 courses in Denmark with a Danish lecturer, but not this year. 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.

Practicum requirements

Practicums are taught on a maximum of 6:1 ratio, which offers exceptional private tuition. This means you don’t get left hanging around, waiting for the lecture to move on in class. The whole event is focused on ensuring that by the time you take your clinical case assessment, you are more than ready to achieve the results you want. 

At this time, AOI can offer equine Foundation Course students a chance to attend a practicum (which runs twice a year in the UK) and Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Autumn 2022). Practicums in Denmark are also being run in May/June 2022. Prices for the practicums can be found via the “cost and payments” tab above. We are also booking practicums for the USA and NZ in 2023. These maybe brought forward if COVID regulations allow. Please note: Calgary is very popular, so book quickly if you’re keen to attend in that location.

Online Requirements

Students who apply for this course, must have a suitable computer (not just smart-phone or tablet) and be able to access a strong internet connection.

4-5 day Practical Clinics 

The aim of the course is to offer practitioners a robust baseline knowledge from which to grow as an equine therapist. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter the Diploma with confidence.

A Question of Titles

This information is to ensure that all prospective students are clear about the laws and regulations linked the title osteopath. Please read it carefully.

If you are joining us, as a registered UK osteopath, then yes, you can use the term osteopath or osteopathy within your marketing. However, at this time, whilst regulation in this field is changing day by day, 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 urge you to check with local (and State) regulations before you apply. The AOI cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from regulatory limitations. At this time, AOI recommends the amended term Equine Functional Practitioner (EFP) for those who do not have a registered osteopathic background and work within the UK. If you wish to apply to RAMP, you can inform them that your studies have been in the osteopathic field, as they do not enforce the need for preparatory human training, so long as you fulfil criteria in other ways. 

All delegates (especially if outside the UK), should explore insurance options with a reputable insurance company, which will allow you to study/work on/with animals once they qualify. It is the student’s responsibility to undertake this research in advance of applying, so that they are happy that they can purchase insurance to practice once qualified. 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. We are happy to issue supporting paperwork if required by an insurance provider.

Insurance requirements

All delegates (especially if outside the UK), should explore insurance options with a reputable insurance company, which will allow you to study/work on/with animals once they qualify. It is the student’s responsibility to undertake this research in advance of applying, so that they are happy that they can purchase insurance to practice once qualified. 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. We are happy to issue supporting paperwork if required by an insurance provider.

If you are interested in this, or any of our other courses, please click on the fish to get in touch.

Our Academic Pathway is validated by the European School of Osteopathy. Kent. UK.