Equine Osteopathic Studies (Part II) L2 Module One

MODULE 1/14 – LEVEL TWO PATHWAY – AN ONLINE ONLY MODULE

Module One gets right into the heart of the art and science of osteopathy, discussing its models and principles in depth, mapped and suited to the animal patient. If you treat animals osteopathically, you want to buy this module. Part II extends from that taught at Level One. If you have not completed AOI’s Level One (post 2019) we would urge you to buy both Part I and Part II together, as they compliment each other. If you wish to do this, please contact us directly.

Number of study hours, with case studies and self-directed study:  20 hours
Price:  £99.00* plus VAT/VATMOSS where applicable.

As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level Two pathway, is now delivered by blended learning (that being, online with a high quality condensed practicum. Under this format, students may apply to one module at a time or they can study the online elements of the Level Two modules and then come to the UK for one consolidated practicum, which would run over 2 weeks plus two days with two weekends in between for respite and revision. This radically reduces flight costs for international students and our carbon footprint. Successful completion of Modules 1-7 on the Level Two pathway leads to a Diploma in Equine Functional Therapy (Osteopathy), validated by the ESO.

Indicative Content

  • Adaptations of core osteopathic principles and concepts to enhance your equine practice
  • Adaptations of osteopathic models of to enhance your approach to equine practice
  • Application of these principles/concepts and their importance to enhance your equine case history taking 
  • How to utilise these concepts and models to enhance your creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols 
  • MSK case based application of these concepts, principles and models.

Why Study Module One?

Many people ask what the difference is between an osteopath and other manual therapists. One of the core answers is the way we think and what we do with the information that we attain from the horse, owner and other professionals. For example, an osteopath might come up with the same working hypothesis as another manual therapists, but, if an osteopath concludes that the reason behind the pattern of pathological disease or dysfunction is caused by external factors – such as external stressors instigated by the owner (or its environment), the osteopath would work as hard to change that factor – via education or referral, as they would to treat the symptoms. This is because osteopaths understand the basis of functional medicine, which is, that everything (from within or from without) can cause dis-ease. One fine example of this is the cortisol reaction caused by stress and all the physical symptoms that occur as a result (weight gain, heart pathology, diabetes etc.). As such, true osteopaths believe that treating nothing more than the site of pain (or dysfunction) is merely patching up the symptoms, it is not treating the “whole” patient nor the CAUSE of the dis-ease. This module will teach you how to evaluate a patient’s “whole picture” and what to do with the information. It’s also an immensely useful module to review as your depth of knowledge increases. This is because the more you know about equine medicine and anatomy, the greater the field of opportunity to be a truly osteopathic practitioner. We hope you enjoy!

WHY STUDY OSTEOPATHY FOR HORSES?

Many people ask what the difference is between an osteopath and other manual therapists. One of the core answers is the way we think and what we do with the information that we attain from the dog, owner, and other professionals. For example, an osteopath might come up with the same working hypothesis as another manual therapists, but, if an osteopath concludes that the reason behind the pattern of pathological disease or dysfunction is caused by external factors – such as external stressors instigated by the owner (or its environment), the osteopath will work as hard to change that factor – via education or referral, as they would to treat the symptoms. This is because osteopaths understand the basis of functional medicine, which is, that everything (internally and externally) can cause dis-ease over time. One fine example of this is the cortisol reaction caused by stress and all the physical symptoms that occur as a result (weight gain, heart pathology, diabetes etc.). As such, true osteopaths believe that treating nothing more than the site of pain (or dysfunction) is merely patching up the symptoms, it is not treating the “whole” patient nor the CAUSE of the dis-ease. This module will teach you how to evaluate a patient’s “whole picture” and what to do with the information. At AOI we believe that the greater the depth of your knowledge, the greater the opportunity you will have to become to be a truly osteopathic practitioner.

Prerequisites to Module ONE

Students can undertake Level Two module as part of the Level Two Diploma Pathway which leads to a Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Equine Patient. As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed the Level One Pathway, the Equine Osteopathic Conversion Course (COCC) or have evidenced that you already practice equine osteopathy at Level One. This is because each module leads neatly on from one to the another encouraging autonomous thinking, criticality, and a self-reflective mind. All of which are important in the clinical setting. Some Level Two modules may also be taken in isolation as CPD courses, but successful graduates will only be awarded a CPD certificate titled as per the module descriptor. 

Who can apply for this module?

This course is for any AOI Level One (or past equivalent) graduate or experienced equine osteopaths. It is also open to physiotherapists/chiropractors and veterinary/animal therapy professionals, who fulfil all level II entry criteria. A conversion course is available for those wishing to enter Level Two modules directly, but have not followed the AOI’s level one programme, because they have significant equine experience already. Please click HERE for more information. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception). All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.

International Students English Language Requirements

We are happy to take national and international students, but all students MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language (both written and spoken), so as to ensure that you can make the most of the course and its contents. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise and no refunds will be made on these grounds. As a guide, we typically expect that students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent qualification).

If you are interested in taking Level Two or this module as standalone CPD, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content. 

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