Visceral Considerations Part 1: Equine Cardiovascular / Respiratory system


This course is perfect for those who want to learn more about the equine CVS and Respiratory 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.

Total number of study hours (taught content online, assessments, assignments, 1 day practical event and self-directed study time): circa 40 hours
Price:  £399 exc. VAT
Typically to be taken at the same time as Part 2 and Part 3


As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level Two pathway (Diploma & Advanced Diploma), will be delivered online and (where applicable) via blended learning (with practicums). Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time or they can study the online elements of all Advanced Diploma and then come to the UK for one consolidated practicum. This radically reduces flight costs for international students.


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. A 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 module is designed for equine osteopathic/musculoskeletal professionals who have solid academic knowledge and significant hands-on experience in the field of 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 to at 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. 

We are strict about the prerequisites to this course because it is important that any student that attends this course, has excellent anatomical knowledge and works with horses regularly. 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 or to take one of our Equine Anatomy CPD Units.


  • Functional anatomy, relative neurology, patho/physiology and mechanics of the Respiratory & Cardiovascular systems and the importance of these structures; 
  • Typical presentations of Endo/Uro patients; 
  • Key findings (during case history taking) which may suggest involvement of the Respiratory & Cardiovascular systems;
  • MSK conditions that may have underlying viscera-somatic/cardiovascular/respiratory components;
  • Contraindications and indications of these patients; 
  • Working alongside the vet to support Respiratory & Cardiovascular system issues;
  • Key considerations when approaching/treating a equine patient with Respiratory & Cardiovascular presentations, including modifications for presenting co-morbidities;
  • Osteopathic assessments of the visceral patient; 
  • Techniques aiming to influence/support the Respiratory & Cardiovascular systems;
  • Osteopathic model approach to treatment of the Respiratory & Cardiovascular systems;
  • Drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols.

Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to apply for courses that are suitable to their level of knowledge, competence and experience. As such, please do not apply for courses in the hope that you will somehow be able hide your lack of skills. Doing so will be costly and is not professional. We will not be in a position to give an ill-equipped individual undivided attention, (to bring them up to speed), as this is unfair on other delegates. Refunds will not be issued in these circumstances, (as your place could have been sold to a more suitable candidate) and certificates of completion will not be issued. 


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).


At this time, we will only be running the Advanced Diploma courses in the UK. We are however, exploring facilities and partners in Denmark, the USA, NZ and Canada so that we may expand the academic programme into our international settings.

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