General Health Screening (GHS) & Functional Neurology Module Four

EQUINE General Health Screening (GHS) & Functional Neurology – EQUINE

Format: Online theoretical intensive and a 1.5 day practicum. The online intensive covers all the theoretical components of the course. This is given to the student in advance of the practicum and all aspects must be complete before the student attends the practicum. A live webinar is also run before the practicum to ensure that students are clear about the theory and can have their questions answered. This module forms part of the two-year diploma course.

Our blended learning course in GHS and Functional Neurology is a vital competent of any manual practitioner’s toolkit. This is because many neurological and pathological conditions present with MSK symptoms and unless you’ve been trained to know the difference, it isn’t difficult to inadvertently do harm; if only through a lack of immediate referral. This more challenging area of differential “hypothesis” is one of the main reasons that human therapists should not “dabble” in animal treatment and why at AOI, we insist that all students who wish to set up in practice as a sole practitioner, should first successfully complete this aspect of training.

Indicative content- online and via a live practicum

  • Why carry out general health and neurological screening of the equine patient
  • Signs of systemic ill health; 
  • What to look for in the systems of the horse;
  • How to system check a equine patient, as relates to clinical practice
  • How to safely undertake a General Health Screen
  • Functional neurology of the equine (understand the central and peripheral neurological systems of the horse)
  • Understand how to localise a neurological lesion
  • Carry out neurological testing on a equine patient – how to apply effective testing and know what to look out for.
  • Cranial nerve testing in the equine model
  • Interpreting your results
  • Common equine neurological conditions
  • How to incorporate general health and neurological screening into your clinical practice
  • High practical content with demonstrations and practical

Online component of this COURSE

  • Introduction to the module and its content;
  • Why carry our general health and neurological screening of the equine patient;
  • Signs of systemic ill health, 
  • What to look for in the systems of the horse
  • How to system check a horse as relates to clinical practice
  • How to safely apply a general health screen
  • Functional neurology of the equine (Understand the central and peripheral neurological systems of the horse)
  • Understand how to localise a lesion
  • Carry out neurological testing on your equine patient – how to apply effective testing and what to look for
  • Cranial nerve testing in the equine model
  • Interpreting your results
  • Common equine neurological conditions
  • How to incorporate general health and neurological screening into your clinical practice

1.5 day practicum must be taken once you have successfully completed the theory element of the course, online.

  • Introduction to the practicum, your teachers and other module delegates;
  • General discussion about the course content and a chance to discuss any queries;
  • How to system check a horse as relates to clinical practice;
  • How to safely undertake a general health screen;
  • Carry out neurological testing on your equine patient – how to apply effective testing and know what to look out for;
  • Cranial nerve testing in the equine model;
  • Interpreting your findings and results;
  • How to incorporate general health and neurological screening into your clinical practice;
  • General Q&A to wrap up the practicum.

Who can apply THIS COURSE?

This module was written for AOI Diploma students in year two, but it can be taken as standalone CPD by professionally qualified equine osteopaths, animal physiotherapists and animal chiropractors who have yet to acquire these important clinical skills (practicum space permitting). Practitioners must however, be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of animal manual therapy, hold suitable insurance and be working in clinical practice.

PRICE OF THE COURSE

Price as a standalone CPD event with UK or Denmark practicum – price £725*. With USA or Canada practicum – price £925.00* (*plus taxes where applicable). Price variation is due to difference in local insurance requirements. Students are responsible for the cost of accommodation and food throughout their stay.

YOUR COMMITMENT

Please note that AOI will not be held responsible for costs incurred as a result of student/applicant naïveté. As a professional we expect you to do all the necessary research BEFORE booking any dual modality course – especially if you are coming into the UK as an international visitor.

To attend, you are expected to already have: 

  1. A dependable understanding of equine musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanical knowledge of the equine model;
  2. A solid and well versed  equine musculoskeletal and neurological assessment process;
  3. Ability to competently apply soft tissue, stretching and articulation techniques to the equine patient;
  4. Safe and confident handling with a range of of equine models in a therapeutic manner;
  5. A thorough understanding of osteopathic concepts and an ability to think in an integrated fashion, which encompasses the whole dog;

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. As a guide, we typically expect that students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

If you are interested in taking this module as standalone CPD, please click on the fish to contact us today.