Life as an Animal Functional Osteopathic Practitioner is both varied and colourful; this is what draws people to the profession. Animal practitioners have the opportunity to work within a clinical setting (vet surgery) or autonomously working on yards in a rural setting. This depends on the animal types that practitioners choose to treat.
Some Equine Functional Osteopathic Practitioners work on racing yards, others with sporting animals, such as those that participate in Polo, Eventing and Horseball etc. Working at such a level, usually requires the involvement of other paraprofessionals and/or a vet-led team. Alternatively, practitioners may prefer to work with amateur and leisure horses.
Similarly, Canine Functional Osteopathic Practitioners may work with sporting, working or pet owned dogs. The former requiring a more focused integrative approach that will likely include the need for rehabilitation as part of the animal’s management plan. Where the practitioner is not suitably qualified (at the time), involvement of other paraprofessionals would be required.
For the practitioner that wishes to treat small and large animals, opportunities are abundant, especially for those who enjoy life-long learning and career enhancement. This is because, the key to most opportunities is communication; reaching out to work with vet-led teams, at sporting events, and in educational settings. To name but a few.
Many past students of AOI have gone on to have successful and fruitful careers. In addition to the clinical remits of the profession, some practitioners write for national magazines, others join AOI’s Teaching Associate Scheme which is designed to support up and coming teacher in the profession.
Others still, have engaged in PhD research, started their own associations and schools and regularly participate in academic writing projects.
So, if you love animals and variety, animal functional osteopathy may offer you the dream career, and we will help you get there.
A typical pathway of study - academic pathway
The typical pathway of an AOI student is to take level one (Certificate year) and level two (Diploma year) together, which is a two-year period of study. The two levels were initially taught separately, but subsequent reviews of the programme concluded that they are more seamless when taught together. Once a student has been success at level one and level two, they may move into level three, our Advanced Modules. These modules are only suited to those with a solid background in animal osteopathy, because they assume an existing level of knowledge.
Studying the Advanced Modules ensures that students attain the complete osteopathic toolkit, via a natural and comfortable progression of learning.
The Advanced Modules build on prior and existing knowledge and help to develop the student’s neurological, orthopaedic/pathological and osteopathic levels of proficiency; thus expanding their scope of practice.