General Health Screening (GHS) & Functional Neurology – Level Two Module 4

Part 4/7 of the Diploma Pathway

A blended learning course in GHS and Functional Neurology is a vital competent of any 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 “diagnosis” 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.

This page contains of lot of information. All of which you MUST read if you are serious about applying. This shortcut list is just for ease, for those seeking quick answers to key questions:

  • The module covers the theory and practical associated with general health screening and functional neurology;
  • It is a Level Two module and makes up part of the Certified Pathway that is internal validated by the ESO;
  • Those who attend, must undertake module 1, 2, and 3;
  • The course is open to osteopaths and non-osteopaths with the necessary skills and qualifications;
  • This course includes an extensive online element, which includes theoretical and practical lectures. It also includes a high quality 1.5 day practicum in the UK;
  • You must complete ALL aspects successfully to be given a completion certificate;
  • There will be assessments and assignments – theory and practical;
  • You will need to come to the UK for the practicum;
  • It costs £575.00 plus VAT or VAT MOSS if applicable for extensive online content (both theoretical and practical), assessments, assignments and 1.5 days of high quality practical plus a certificate upon completion for successful candidates.

As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level II pathway, will be delivered online and (where applicable) via dual modality (with practicums).  Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time or they can study the online elements of all compulsory elements and then come to the UK for one consolidated practicum, which would run over 2 weeks plus two days with two weekends in between for respite and revision. This radically reduces flight costs for international students.

Who can apply for Module 4? 

This module is for any AOI level I (or past equivalent) graduate or experienced equine osteopaths. It is also open to physiotherapists/chiropractors and veterinary/animal therapy professionals, who fulfil all level II entry criteria. In addition, all applicants must have successfully completed Modules 1-3 of this pathway. A conversion course is available for those wishing to enter level II modules directly, but have not followed the AOI’s level one programme. Please click HERE for more information. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception). All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.

Prerequisites to Module 4

Students can undertake this module as part of the Compulsory Level II Pathway which leads to a Diploma in Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient. As such, the prerequisite to this course is to have successfully completed the Level I Pathway (or have evidenced that you are already of Level I standard) and that you have completed Module 1, 2 and 3 at Level II. This is because each module leads neatly on from one to the another encouraging autonomous thinking, criticality and a self reflective mind. All of which are important in the clinical setting. We also reiterate at this stage of learning, that any student who attends this course, must have maintained their anatomical knowledge. This is to ensure accuracy of technique and thus, safety of all those you treat. If you cannot recall your equine anatomy easily, we would urge you to do so in advance of this module.

AOI will not be held responsible for costs incurred as a result of student 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 horse;
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

Total number of study hours (extensive taught online content (practical and theoretical), 1.5 x high quality practical days, assessments, assignments and self-directed learning and practice):  54 hours
Price:  £575.00 plus VAT or VATMOSS as applicable

When is this Module 4 being released? 

Module 4 is due to be released 3rd September 2021. If you wish to apply please email us on contact@animalosteopathyinternational.com for an application form.

Module structure, online format and internet requirements:

This course will be delivered online, via our Teachable.com platform AND via a face to face teaching practicum in the UK – unless student numbers dictate otherwise. Students will also be made a part of the online community via Facebook where Facebook LIVE drop-ins will take place for questions. 

Because this module will be partly delivered online, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay of any live events. In addition, students must have a laptop or desktop computer, as smartphones and tablets are not suitable.

Awards for Module 4

Those who successfully complete this module will be awarded a digital AOI Certificate of Completion. Students who go on to complete ALL compulsory modules of Level Two successfully, will be issued with a Diploma in Functional Osteopathy for the Equine Patient validated by European School of Osteopathy. Please check your state or country regulations regarding use of titles, as the terms Osteopathy and Osteopathic are registered in some countries, for use by human osteopaths only. Where this is the case, AOI recommends you use the title Canine Functional Practitioner after completion of the full Diploma Pathway.

Practical session requirements:

Students must have the capacity to come to the UK for the practical sessions and assessments. Without this, no certification will be issued. As such, student require both the time and financial resources to attend the UK based practicum within 24 months of module commencement. Diploma Pathway students will be given first refusal on practical dates (these are students who are paying for the full Diploma over 12 months). Please, note that if you pay a module at a time, you may not get the dates of your choice if the course is busy, because limited numbers per practical event do apply. As such, if dates are vital to your plans and you want to take the Diploma, we would encourage you to sign up for the full Diploma circuit from day one. Especially for international students who want to book the practicums for all diploma modules in one visit.

Students are also responsible for the necessary acquisition of any visas that they need to enter the UK and we urge all students to visit the UK government website BEFORE booking on this module, to make yourself fully aware of any additional costs, travel restrictions, COVID testing requirements or quarantine periods that may be enforced as a result of your travel to the UK. We also suggest that you acquire suitable travel insurance to suit your needs. 

Please note: The course does not cover the cost of travel, food outside the days of practicum or accommodation. It includes refreshments on each day of the practicum and a light lunch on the one full day (if you have serious food allergies, we would ask that you bring your own food/drinks with you to ensure your absolute safety). Dietary requirements and catering will be discussed with delegates once accepted on the course. Please dress appropriately and brings layers and an all weather coat if you are not used to the cooler (wetter) British weather.

Online component

  • 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 practical component (must be taken once you have successfully completed the theory element of the course, online. Plus assessments.

  • 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.

AOI will not be held responsible for costs incurred as a result of student 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.

Location of the practicum:

Dorset/Hampshire region (New Forest District) UK. There is a chance that if student numbers in any given country exceed 18, that we will consider sending the teaching team out, instead of bringing the students to us. BUT this must never be assumed at the start of a cohort, as we cannot know, until we confirm student numbers (which can vary year on year) if this is possible. If this option becomes available in any given country, you will be informed. Please do not keep asking us.

Online format and internet requirements:

Part of this module will be delivered online. As such, students must be able to ensure internet connectivity. AOI will not be held responsible for internet failure or that of poor signal, so if you lose connectivity, you will only be able to watch the replay. Students must have a laptop or desktop computer, as tablets and smartphones are not appropriate for this course.

Bookings for Practicums

AOI cannot be held responsible for any losses made as a result of accommodation, transportation or flight bookings (or any associated costs – such as visas). As such, we recommend that bookings are only made, where a full refund option is available or where you, the student, is willing to uphold any lost fees/charges. We also recommend that you take out suitable insurance for the duration of your visit to cover all eventualities. This is because we are living in exceptional times where (sadly) nothing can be guaranteed. Further information about travel can be found below.

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. The course is intense, so entering it with a language limitation is not advised.