Equine Osteopathic Studies Part II – Module One

Part 1/7 of the Diploma Pathway

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.

As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level Two pathway, will be delivered online and (where applicable) via blended learning (with practicums).  Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time or they can study the online elements of all compulsory elements 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. Successful completion of the compulsory Level Two pathway leads to a Diploma in  Functional Osteopathy for the Equine Patient, internally 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!

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

When is this module likely to be released?

Module One will be released on April 2nd 2021. If you want to apply, email us at contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com for an application form.

AOI ensures that all its pathway graduates leave with a deeper understanding of anatomy and of how to modify and integrate osteopathic philosophy and concepts into animal practice, so that they can treat a much wider audience than some of their colleagues. That is the beauty of osteopathic thinking.

Module structure, online format and internet requirements:

This course will be delivered online, via our Teachable.com platform. Students will also be made a part of the online community via Facebook where Facebook LIVE drop-ins will take place for questions. Because this module will be partly delivered online, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay of any live events. Teachable does not work on smartphones and is not compatible with all tablets. As such, students are advised to use a laptop or desktop for the course. Students will need a desktop or laptop computer for the course. Smartphones and tablets are not suitable due to compatibility issues. 

Diploma Level Two Pathway Students – Prerequisites:

If you are interested in applying for the Level Two Diploma Pathway, you must have successfully completed one of the following:

  • AOI’s Equine Level One – MCP pathway (no other version of the pathway will be considered); or
  • AOI’s Level (or Stage) One CPD courses – condensed or standards; or
  • The ESO Equine Foundation Course; or
  • Have provided AOI with mapped evidence of existing equine osteopathic knowledge base with proof of certification from another established educational provider.

Full Pathway applicants must only start Level Two modules if they can guarantee they have the following as a minimum:

  • Qualifications and hands-on experience in equine osteopathy at the foundation level;
  • A solid musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the equine model;
  • Sound competence in the equine musculoskeletal assessment process;
  • Sound competence in the equine musculoskeletal treatment process (articulation, stretching and soft tissue);
  • An ability to critically consider common orthopaedic conditions;
  • An ability to critically reflect upon one’s own limitations and work with other veterinary practitioners where required.
  • An unquestionable ability to know the indications and contraindications of treatment and when an animal should be seen by a vet with immediate effect.

Students must also feel comfortable studying at HE Level 6 and above i.e., degree level. This is because you will be expected to effectively and autonomously research articles and papers to enhance your learning, correctly reference and cite research works in your portfolio and assignments, and read articles and papers to ensure your knowledge is clinically relevant and evidence-based where applicable. If you are not comfortable doing this, please flag this at the application stage and we can advise an online course for you.

Prerequisites to this Module

Students can undertake this module as part of the Compulsory Level Two Pathway which leads to a Diploma in Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient. As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed the Level One Pathway (or have evidenced that you are already of Level One standard via another established educational provider) . Students must follow the modules as a pathway, 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.


Those who successfully complete this module will be awarded a digital AOI CPD Certificate of Completion. Students who go on to complete ALL compulsory modules of Level Two successfully, will be issued with a Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Equine Patient validated by European School of Osteopathy. Please check your state or country regulations regarding use of titles, as the terms Osteopathy and Osteopathic are registered in some countries, for use by human osteopaths only. Where this is the case, AOI recommends you use the title Equine Functional Practitioner after completion of the full Diploma Pathway.

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.

Application Notice

If you apply for the Level Two Pathway, informing us that you are up to the required standard, and during the early course of your studies, your grades, theoretical and/or technical skills indicate that you are not, you will be required to put your Level Two learning on hold and undertake the appropriate Level I modules before continuing. This is simply to guide the student accordingly, so successful completion is more likely. No refunds will be made for the modules that you have or are completing at the time. As such, please ensure that you apply for the right level and do not “up-sell” yourself, to bypass Level I. Doing so could be costly and is not professional. We will always do our very best to support your journey, but we do expect all applicants to be open and honest about their level of competence.

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.

If you fulfil criteria and would like to apply for  this course, please email us on contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com for an application form or to ask specific questions.