The Equine Limbs: L2 Module 2

Module 2/14 – level two pATHWAY

Module two is a compulsory module on the Level Two Diploma Pathway. It includes functional anatomy, mechanics, relevant pathological and orthopaedic analysis (and differential diagnosis) with osteopathic considerations and testing of the equine limb.

Successful completion leads to a Certificate of Completion from the AOI – when taken in isolation or as part of the Level Two Diploma in Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient, which is validated by the ESO. 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.

Total number of study hours (taught content online, assessments, assignments, 1.5 day practical event and self-directed study time):  50 hours
Price:  £475.00 plus VAT or VATMOSS where applicable.

HOW HAS COVID CHANGED AOI?

As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level Two Pathway is being delivered online and (where applicable) via blended learning (with consolidated practicums). Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time, or they can study the online elements of Module 1-7 and then come to the UK for one practicum visit. This would run over 2 weeks plus two days with two weekends in between for respite and revision. Studying in this way, radically reduces flight costs for international students. Successful completion of Modules 1-7 on the Level Two Pathway leads to a Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Equine Patient, validated by the European School of Osteopathy.

Why study module two?

Below you will see the answer we give when students ask what the difference is between osteopaths and other another manual therapists. The benefit of this module, in particular, is highlighted in the example below, because the better your understanding of functional anatomy and orthopaedic pathology, the greater your ability to extend your scope of differential diagnosis and therefore your working hypothesis. Ultimately, this means that you will be able to treat a wider audience of patient because you’ll learn to think outside the box; assessing and critically appraising all aspect of the case and any associated factors.

WHY STUDY OSTEOPATHY?

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 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.

Indicative content

  • Advanced functional equine forelimb and hindlimb anatomy and mechanics,
  • Common equine forelimb and hindlimb orthopaedic/pathological conditions,
  • Advanced tissue specific palpation to enhance your assessment of the equine forelimb and hindlimb
  • Advanced testing of the forelimb and hindlimb (joint, muscle, ligament, tendon) to enhance your assessment of the equine forelimb and hindlimb
  • Understanding your forelimb and hindlimb findings and drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols
  • High practical content with demonstrations and practical
  • Low student to horse ratio (1 between every 2-3 students)
  • Low tutor to student ratio (maximum 1:9 students)

Prerequisites to Module 2

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 (EOCC) 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. 

Practical session requirements

At this time, students must have the capacity to come to the UK for the practical sessions and assessments. Without this, no certification will be issued, because it is essential to any practitioner who works with animals, undertake significant practical classes and assessment, as part of their learning journey. As such, students require both the time and financial resources to attend the UK based practicum within 24 months of programme commencement. That being Modules 1-7. 

Location of the practicum

Dorset/Hampshire region (New Forest District) UK. There is a chance that in 2022/2023 we may be able to reconvene international practicums in Denmark, USA, NZ and Canada, but this must never be assumed at the present time.

Online component OF MODULE 2

Your online lectures will cover the following topics:

  • Limb functional limb anatomy;
  • Biomechanics with osteopathic integration of orthopaedic and pathological conditions.
  • Online assessment to test your knowledge and learning.

Practical component (must be taken once you have successfully completed the theory element of the course, online.

During your practicum in the UK, you will learn the following:

  • Advanced – tissue specific palpation to enhance your assessment of the equine forelimb and hindlimb;
  • Advanced – testing of the forelimb and hindlimb (joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons) to enhance your assessment of the equine forelimb and hindlimb;
  • Understanding your forelimb and hindlimb findings and drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols.

Who can apply for this module?

This course is open to any AOI level I (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. In addition, all applicants must have successfully completed Modules 1 of this pathway. A conversion course is available for those wishing to enter level II modules directly, but have not followed the AOI’s level one programme. 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 and English 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.

Practical requirements 

Students must have the capacity to come to the UK for the practical sessions and assessments. Without this, no certification will be issued. As such, student require both the time and financial resources to attend the UK based practicum within 24 months of module commencement. Diploma Pathway students will be given first refusal on practical dates (these are students who are paying for the full Diploma over 12 months). Please, note that if you pay a module at a time, you may not get the dates of your choice if the course is busy, because limited numbers per practical event do apply. As such, if dates are vital to your plans and you want to take the Diploma, we would encourage you to sign up for the full Diploma circuit from day one. Especially for international students who want to book the practicums for all diploma modules in one visit.

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

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.