Indicative Content Level I Equine

Below you will see an overview of the course content for Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient – Level One

Indicative Content:

  1. Introduction and professional communications;
  2. Horse handling and equine paces;
  3. Osteopathic concepts for the equine patient;
  4. Palpation practice;
  5. Equine behaviour/communication for the equine therapist;
  6. Case history taking and report writing;
  7. Global assessment, gait and active assessment;
  8. Forelimb anatomy, orthopaedic considerations and forelimb assessment;
  9. Hindlimb anatomy, orthopaedic considerations, hindlimb and assessment
  10. Thoracic and lumbar anatomy, orthopaedic considerations and assessment;
  11. Cervical anatomy, orthopaedic considerations and cervical assessment;
  12. Integration of the horse as a whole (bonus content)
  13. Soft tissue theory and application;
  14. Stretching theory and application;
  15. Joint articulation theory and application;
  16. Osteopathic integration;
  17. Creating treatment plans, management advice and short and long term considerations,
  18. Summary and consolidation of learning.


Number of Total Guided Learning Hours for the MCP:

Guided Learning Hours are the numbers of hours that a student spends “being taught” by the lecturers. This number will be confirmed to prospective students once the whole programme has been completed and uploaded to our new online platform (which is due to be July 2020). but to give students some idea, those interested in the Masterclass Pathway, will have to complete 16 online modules, 6 webinars, plus self-directed study, practical exploration, critical reflection and live clinic attendance and assessment.

Level of teaching and learning:

The Masterclass Pathway has been written in line with UK Level 7 postgraduate educational criteria to guarantee that our students are ensured a course of good standing. This means that students will be expected to think autonomously and critically throughout and have successfully completed both online and practical/viva assessments. This is the only pathway where successful students will be awarded formal certification by the AOI/ESO. The other pathways will only activate a certificate of attendance, unless OEIP students upgrade to complete the required practical element and successfully complete all assessments.

Number of Hours for the Masterclass Pathway

The Masterclass Pathway has been created inline with 30 HE credits – that being 300 total hours of taught and self-directed learning, to complete the entire pathway. 

Online format and internet requirements:

All 16 modules and the 6 webinars will be delivered online. As such, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI cannot be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you are attending a “live” webinar as part of your chosen route of learning, and you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay. You will not be given a replacement code.

If you have already studied some of this content on another course (at HE Level 5/6), you maybe able to attend an accelerated pathway, which expects that you sit the online tests at the end of each module, and, so long as you pass them, you will be granted access to Level II. However, please be aware tha if you fail any of the module tests, you will be expected to purchase and complete the whole module and all subsequent modules (of Level I). This is to ensure that student who attend Level II are of an equal standard. Otherwise it can lead to incongruence within the Level II cohort, which does not make for the right learning environment. 

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