Visceral Considerations Part 2: Equine Digestive system


This course is perfect for those who want to learn more about the equine digestive system. How to assess it, and what to do with the findings. We will look at indications and contraindications for treatment and functional osteopathic techniques that can be used alone or to support veterinary-led treatment.

This module includes: Taught content online, assessments, assignments, a practical workshop and self-directed study time). Typically to be taken at the same time as Part 1 and Part 3


This course is for graduates of the AOI Equine Diploma and experienced equine osteopaths. All applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma Pathway (or be able to demonstrate the equivalent. An equine osteopathic conversion course is available for those wishing to enter year two of our Diploma directly. Please click HERE for more information. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception).

This course is designed for equine osteopathic/musculoskeletal professionals with solid academic knowledge and significant hands-on experience in equine osteopathic medicine. Proof of prior experience and education is essential. AOI Equine Functional Osteopathic Diploma graduates get automatic access.

All applicants must have:

  1. A solid foundation of musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the equine model. 
  2. Qualifications and experience in animal osteopathy at the correct academic level.
  3. A well-versed background in equine anatomy and neuroanatomy.
  4. A solid equine musculoskeletal assessment process (which includes joint and soft tissue testing)
  5. Knowledge of adjustments/mobilisation and Balanced Ligamentous Tension/Balance Tissue Tension and Myofascial styles of treatment related to the equine patient.
  6. An ability to apply soft tissue, stretching, articulation, mobilisations, Myofascial and Balanced Ligamentous Tension techniques to the equine patient,
  7. Safe and confident handling of the equine model in a therapeutic manner. 

Indicative content

  • Functional anatomy, relative neurology, patho/physiology and mechanics of the digestive system and the importance of these structures.
  • Typical presentations of digestive system patients.
  • Identifying when key findings (during case history taking) may suggest the involvement of the digestive system.
  • MSK conditions may have underlying viscera-somatic/digestive system components.
  • Contraindications and indications of these patients.
  • Working alongside the vet to support digestive system issues.
  • Key considerations when approaching/treating an equine patient with digestive system presentations, including modifications for presenting co-morbidities.
  • Osteopathic assessments of the visceral patient.
  • Techniques aiming to influence/support the digestive system.
  • Osteopathic model approach to treatment of the digestive system.
  • Drawing findings together to enhance the creation of high-quality and effective treatment and management plans.

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 they 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 students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent).


At this time, we will only be running the Advanced Diploma courses in the UK. We are, however, also exploring facilities in Canada.

If you are interested in taking this course as a standalone CPD course, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content.