Level II Equine Series

Level II courses are intended for those with prior experience in a professional level equine therapy.

Typical delegates would hold one off the following, before attending a Level II workshop:

  1. An ESO Foundation Certificate (equine);
  2. An AOI Stage/Level I Certificate (equine);
  3. Certification from the Osteopathic Centre for Animals;
  4. UCO PG Certificate in Animal Osteopathy;
  5. Veterinary physiotherapy – foundation level only;
  6. Veterinary certification – as a nurse or vet AND hold some prior manual therapy certification with good levels of experience in the manual treatment of horses.

Minimum Requirements: In order for ANY practitioner to be able to attend a Level II course, they must be able to confirm that they can perform the following tasks on a dog or horse (as appropriate to the course in question):

  1. Have an understanding of osteopathic concepts and philosophy and can comfortably integrate that knowledge into your case questioning, assessment process and treatment/management regime, so that it is reflected in your approach as a practitioner.
  2. Have a sound knowledge of MSK functional equine anatomy;
  3. Be able to take a thorough case history – to include physical, emotional and environmental factors.
  4. Be able to write a clear and concise vet report that professional explains your findings;
  5. Be able to undertake an effective movement/gait analysis;
  6. Undertake a thorough, effective and appropriate assessment of the patient before you – active and passively. This must include ALL joints of the animal and their musculature in a calm, rhythmical and therapeutic manner.
  7. Consider a logical list of differentials – based on your findings;
  8. Request appropriate tests by the vet if required;
  9. Conclude with a working hypothesis;
  10. Devise an effective treatment plan and undertake appropriate structural treatment – to include: articulation, soft tissue and stretching;
  11. Offer sound home advice and a management plan to the owner.

If you cannot undertake such a routine (competently and safely) or this process is something that you have not performed in the last 12-24 months, we highly recommend that you first take Level I. If however, you feel that you have a good handle on most of the above content, but do not have an osteopathic background (or would just like the opportunity to refresh and join Day 0 for extra hands on experience ), we recommend the Equine Conversion Course (see below).

Attending Level II courses without this baseline, is likely to lead to frustration and ineffective learning. You may also be asked to leave if your weakness is disrupting other students. See each course page for more details.

Those wishing to bypass level I from a non-osteopathic background, would be required to undertake our Equine Osteopathic Conversion Course. This will help to ensure that you understand the backbone of osteopathic principles and approaches before embarking upon Level II courses.

Whilst we appreciate that there is some overlap between other manual/physical therapies and osteopathic approaches to the animal patient, there are also fundamental differences (especially at the more advanced levels of study). As such, it is important that we ensure that all those who study with us, understand these differences and practice in a way that embraces this subtle yet powerful way of assessing and treating.

It is also our expectation that any prospective students who applies directly to level II, does so in the knowledge that their functional anatomy is well versed and up to date.