Indicative Content:

Below you will see an overview of the online component of Level One for Functional Osteopathy for the Equine Patient and information about the practicum. 

  1. Introduction and professional communications;
  2. Horse handling and equine paces;
  3. Osteopathic Studies for the Equine Patient – Part I;
  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.


Level One Equine is intended to take one academic year to complete, but in the event a students cannot get to the UK because of COVID travel restriction, student are given 24 months from the commencement of their studies. This is however, an exception not a rule. Typically, students will complete the programme within one year. 

Level One includes: 16 online high class modules with excellent videos and presentations. 6 on-demand webinars, drop-in student sessions and case evaluation, plus self-directed learning. In addition, there is practical exploration, critical reflection and intensive small group practicums and assessment, followed by cases and clinical assessments. All our online content is also transcribed, so you can easily translate it into your language for ease of studying. 

Level of teaching and learning:

Level One has been written in line with the UK Academic Framework (Level 5-7) to guarantee that our students have undertaken a course of good academic and clinical standing. This means that students will have to feel comfortable engaging with new learning material, thinking autonomously (and critically) throughout the course and successfully completing the online elements. Students are then required to engage with written and practical/viva assessments and autonomously prepared clinical cases. All of this is required to pass the programme. 

Studying the AOI’s Academic Pathway is the only way for successful students to be awarded formal certification by the AOI and ESO. Students are reminded that Level One is the first of three levels  within the Academic Pathway and it is assumed that the minimum amount of study a student will undertake before going into clinical  practice  is Level One and Level Two. 

Online format and internet requirements:

For the course, students will need a desktop or laptop computer (not just an smartphone or tablet). They must also feel comfortable studying online and be happy navigating around websites and Facebook. 

All 16 modules, 6 on-demand webinars and student drop-in sessions will be delivered online. As such, students must be able to ensure reliable 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.  

If you have already studied some of this content on another course (at HE Level 6 or higher), you maybe able to bypass the full Level One course via a conversion course.

Online alone is never enough!

In addition to the above online content, students will attend a 4-5 day high quality practicum and assessment process that will help to consolidate the student’s learning, review what they have covered online and practice all assessments and techniques that have been taught online. Summative clinical assessments will take place the day after the practicum.