Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient – Level II Module 1

The Equine Limbs: (functional anatomy, mechanics, common orthopaedic conditions and testing)

Stage Level – II

Dates: 9th/10th June 2020

Location:  Hampshire/Dorset border (New Forest)

Timetable: Daily: 9.30-16.30hrs. 

Number of CPD hours: 14 hours

Price:  £399

Internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy 

Course structure:This is module 1 of the Level II Osteopathic Approach to the equine patient course, allowing you to develop your osteopathic skills for the equine patient, continuing on from the level I/Foundation course. This module looks at the fore and hind limbs, advanced functional anatomy, mechanics, common conditions and testing and comprises of a mixture of theory and practical elements over 2 days 

The aim of this module is to ensure students are skilled in their assessment and application of techniques enhancing palpation to enable the determination of structures involved in the presentation of limb complains in the equine patient. Determine between ligaments, joints and muscles and create finesse in finding functional restrictions and assessing quality of movement not just range of movement to enable practitioners to determine the most effective treatment approach for the patient.

The Level II Osteopathic Approach to the equine patient course runs over modules 1-6 with a pre-requisite module 0 (a total of 20 days).  Modules can be taken in succession or chosen from as required.  The aim of the course is to offer practitioners a deeper knowledge to support and develop their animal practice. Successful completion and comprehension of the content will give practitioners all they need to enter our Stage III workshops with confidence. 


Awards: Those who successfully complete the 2-day workshop will be awarded an AOI/ESO CPD Certificate of Attendance: The equine limbs: advanced functional anatomy, mechanics, common conditions and testing.

Those who successfully complete all Level II Modules (0-6 inclusive) will receive an AOI/ESO certificate of Osteopathic approach to the equine patient – Level II


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 1:6 students)

Who can apply: This course is for equine veterinary and manual professionals or those training in the equine musculoskeletal profession who wish to develop their practice and understand a holistic approach to equine practice. Proof of prior experience and education is essential. All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.

International Students: We are happy to take national and international students but pleases do NOT book flights or hotels until the Educational Director has sent course confirmation. This is due to the high costs of this course and the need for minimum numbers. International delegates MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise.

Pre-requisites: Attendees must have completed a minimum of all 8 days of the Equine Level I / an ESO Equine Foundation course and the Level II equine pre-requisite module 0 or have provided AOI with mapped evidence of existing knowledge base with proof of certification from another educational provider (this is the applicant’s responsibility). All applicants must have:

  1. A solid foundation of musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the equine model.
  2. An understanding and competence in the equine musculoskeletal assessment process (which includes joint testing).
  3. An ability to apply soft tissue, stretching and articulation techniques to the equine patient.
  4. Safe and confident handling of the equine model in a therapeutic manner.

Please note: If you apply for a Stage II workshop, informing us that you are up to the required standard, and within the first 1-2 workshops it is clear to us that you are not, you will be asked to leave and attend Stage I before continuing. No refunds will be made for the course that you are attending at the time and if you are within a month of any other Stage II courses (that you have signed up for), you will lose your deposit. As such, please ensure that you apply for the right level and do not “up-sell” yourself, to bypass Stage 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.

Costs and fees explained: Deposit: £100 (non-refundable after 14th April 2020). Final course payment: £299 to be paid no later than 12th May 2020. Delegates are responsible for the FULL cost of the course, irrespective of personal circumstances that may lead you to miss individual dates. 

To hold a place on this course, you need to pay a holding deposit of £100.00 as soon as you have been accepted on the course. This must be paid within 7 days of your acceptance email or you may lose your place. The deposit is 50% refundable until the 14th April 2020, after which time it will become non-refundable, due to the costs that we will incur. AOI will not be held responsible for back transfer fees incurred as a result of payment, any deposits returned will be minus these fees.

Important information:  Please read below…

Please note that minimum numbers will be required in order to run this course. If minimum numbers are not met the AOI reserves the right to cancel the courseIf for any reason, AOI has to cancel the course, (either due to inadequate numbers or failure on the behalf of our third-party facilities), you will be refunded in full. However, as a result of having a minimum number requirement (due to the high cost nature of this course), we do not advise you to pay for any hotels, flights or travel arrangements in advance without cancellation options. AOI will not be held responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such pre-booking. 

Further information: Please contact the AOI team via email at: animalosteopathyinternational@gmail.com or complete the form below, requesting an application form.