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.


COVID 19 has made us re-think our strategy. As such, we will be delivering many aspects of this course online, starting on 24th August 2020 (and then on a quarterly basis, subject to demand). We will also run regular face to face practicums for the hands on practical elements of the Masterclass Pathway (see below). This will allow you to concrete your theoretical knowledge, fine tune technique and 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 email us on contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com

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: The release of the equine modules will be the 24th August 2020 and then with quarterly entry points. As students must first complete all 16 modules of the programme, our first clinics are likely to take place in the April/May 2021 in line with our Canine Level One (for students who wish to do both 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). 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. We would like to make it clear however, that the Online Only Pathway is really 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. 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!

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 beautiful New Forest in the South of England. See below for more details.
  2. 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 equine patients, such as animal physiotherapists, animal chiropractors and some veterinarians who have experience in the manual therapeutic arena. 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.
  3. Online Only Pathway – online modules only. This pathway is only suitable for practitioners who already have experience in the field of equine manual therapeutics and a firm understanding of osteopathic concepts/philosophy. Typically, this would be a practitioner who wishes to expand their field of knowledge, but lives too far away to study in the UK, or someone who studied AO a long time ago and wants a refresher. We also find this course option works for those who simply want to learn more about horses for their own interest, but have no intention to practice as a therapist. There is no certification with the Online Only pathway and no upgrade options, so please think carefully before choosing this pathway, if your intension is to use the content as part of a new career path.

Release dates of the ONLINE modules: Expected release date 24th August 2020. MCP and OEI students can then join us at any point thereafter, until the 20th September for this cohort. After the 24th August, we will start a new cohort every quarter.

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 16-18 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 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.

Location for practical clinics in the UK (Masterclass Pathway only): New Forest region of 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 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.

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 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.

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. 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