Stage II Series

Stage II courses are intended for those with prior experience in the associate animal pathway i.e. canine or equine.

Typical delegates would hold one off the following, before attending a Level II workshop:

  1. An ESO Foundation Certificate (equine and/or canine)
  2. An AOI Stage I Certificate (equine and/or canine)
  3. Certification from the Osteopathic Centre for Animals (Stuart McGregor)
  4. UCO PG Certificate in Animal Osteopathy
  5. Veterinary physiotherapy – foundation level only
  6. Veterinary certification – as a nurse or vet AND hold some prior manual therapy certification with good levels of experience in the manual treatment of dogs or horses.

Minimum Requirements: In order for ANY practitioner to be able to attend a Stage II Workshop, they must be able to confirm that they can perform the following tasks on a dog or horse (as appropriate to the course in question):

  1. Have a sound knowledge of MSK anatomy in the associated animal;
  2. Be able to take a thorough case history – to include physical, emotional and environmental factors.
  3. Be able to undertake an effective gait analysis;
  4. Undertake a thorough, effective and appropriate assessment of the patient before you – active and passively. This must include ALL joints of the animal and their musculature.
  5. Consider a logical list of differentials – based on your findings;
  6. Request appropriate tests by the vet if required;
  7. Conclude with a working hypothesis;
  8. Devise an effective treatment plan and undertake appropriate structural treatment – to include: articulation, soft tissue and stretching;
  9. Offer sound home advice and a management plan to the owner.

If you cannot undertake such a routine (competently) or this process is something that you have not performed in 12-24 months, we highly recommend that you either take Stage I or attend the appropriate Refresher workshop to revive your skill-set. Attending Stage II workshops without this baseline, is likely to lead to frustration and ineffective learning. You may also be asked to leave if your weakness is disrupting other students. See each course page for more details.