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

Our dual modality 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.

Our Level II Pathway is internally validated by the European School of Osteopathy 

PART OF THE LEVEL II PATHWAY – OSTEOPATHIC APPROACH TO THE EQUINE PATIENT.

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 II 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 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. Flexible payment options are available

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 take as many modules as they wish, but only if they complete the entire pathway successfully, will they be awarded a Certificate of Competence by the ESO/AOI. If you wish for us to keep you up to date with course information, please enter your details at the bottom of this page and you will be added to our mailing list.

Who can apply?

This course is for experienced equine osteopaths, physiotherapists and veterinary professionals, who have already undertaken Level I training with us (or an equivalent) AND successfully completed modules 1, 2, and 3 of this pathway in sequence. Manual therapy professionals who are already on this pathway will also be considered. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception) for new applicants. All delegates should provide evidence of insurance, which allows them to study/work on/with animals.

What is dual modality?

Dual modality is simply a term used to describe a course that has two forms of delivery: Online and face to face practicums.

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
Practicum teaching ratios: 
 
Low student to horse ratio (1 between every 2-3 students)
Low tutor to student ratio (maximum 1:9 students)

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):   hours
Price:  £575.00 (flexible payment available)

Module structure:

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 MUST assume that we will be teaching the practicum in the UK, unless they have been offered other alternatives.

When is this module likely to be released?

This module is likely to be released sometime in the latter part of 2020. If we can get it out before then, we shall. Join our mailing list to get live updates if you’d like to attend.

Prerequisites to this course

Students can undertake this module as part of the Full Level II Pathway – 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 of 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 ensure at this stage of learning, that any student who attends this course, has 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.

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;

Awards

Those who successfully complete this module will be awarded a digital AOI Certificate of Completion. Students who go on to complete ALL modules of Level II successfully, will be issued with an Osteopathic Approach to the Equine Patient – Level II – Certificate of Competence from the European School of Osteopathy and AOI collectively.

Online format and internet requirements:

The module will be partly 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. You will not be given a replacement code.

Practical session requirements:

Students must also 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 18 months of module commencement. Various dates will be issued at the start of each intake and Masterclass Pathway – Level II students will be given first refusal. Limited numbers per event do apply. 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.

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.

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.

  • 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 for the Level II Pathway?

Any student of AOI that has successfully completed Level I Equine may apply for the Level II Equine Pathway. However, students that are on the pathway, must attend modules in order due to the ongoing nature of learning that occurs throughout the programme of study with any given cohort.

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. You will not be given a replacement code.

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.

Practical session requirements:

Students must also 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 18 months of module commencement. Various dates will be issued at the start of each intake and Masterclass Pathway – Level II students will be given first refusal. Limited numbers per event do apply. 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.

International Students

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.

Important information: Practical cancellations

Please note that minimum numbers will be required in order to run the practical session for this module in the UK. That being 6 students. If minimum numbers are not met, AOI reserves the right to cancel the event (within 30 days of the expected date) but will reschedule the event. If for any reason, AOI has to cancel the course within 14 days, (due to extreme circumstances – such as COVID – or a failure on the behalf of our third-party facilities), you will be issued with a new date for the practicum event as soon as the AOI can reschedule it. As a result of the uncertainty that we all currently face, we do not advise that you book any accommodation, flights or travel arrangements in advance without acquiring full cancellation options. AOI will not be held responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such pre-booking because we firmly recommend that you only do so with appropriate insurance or cancellation cover in place.

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