Who Can Apply for Level One Equine?

Osteopathic approaches to the equine patient- Level one

Due to ongoing changes in the political landscape of animal manual medicine in the UK and Europe, AOI has open its doors to non-osteopaths for several years now. This is because (whilst osteopathy and its philosophies are firmly embedded into our teaching strategy), animal health and welfare is at the heart of what we do and that is best supported by well trained practitioners with the right educational background, not just prerequisite titles. 

Legally, we also know that animal practitioners who are not veterinary surgeons do not have the right to treat remedial cases autonomously without veterinary referral (in the UK at least). This means that manual medicine for humans is a very different profession to that with animals. Animal practitioners need to be good communicators, team players and have the diagnostic skill set to a) do no harm and b) know when to refer back to the vet.

We have also seen enough evidence to know that an empathic vet and other professional therapists can make excellent animal practitioners with the right training.  As such, this course is open to those who have a veterinary or professional therapeutic background (such as vets, veterinary nurses, osteopaths, physiotherapists, advanced bodywork therapists etc.). It is also suitable for final year students, from any of the regulated disciplines (who may start a course with us as soon as they complete their penultimate year. 

In line with the above statement, students who wish to apply for the Online Enhanced Interaction Pathway Plus or the Masterclass Pathway and aren’t currently registered with a regulating governing body (such as GOsC, GCC, HCPC or RCVS) will be asked to map their past qualifications against our academic entry criteria. This is because we want to make sure that those who participate in our academic courses, are likely to succeed with a typical amount of time, effort and commitment. The flip side of this process also ensures that people who apply, aren’t better suited to Level Two (directly or  after a conversion course)

Each case will be considered individually but where a student comes from a non-osteopathic background, they will be asked to attend an extra day of practical (Day 0) at the start of the UK practicum event, as protocol. Students from an osteopathic background may also be asked to attend Day 0. This will happen if their online performance demonstrates that they are likely to struggle with the practicum and potentially be unsuccessful in the completion of their Level One certification.

If you feel that you are already hold a qualification that has covered most of Level One Equine, you are welcome to apply either directly to Level Two (if you are an practising animal osteopath) or to the Equine Osteopathic Conversion Course (EOCC) which will allow you to bypass some of Level One. 

We recommend that anyone who applies for this course, ideally be comfortable studying at degree level, be wholly comfortable around horses, have some experience handing them in a therapeutic manner and enough clinical competence from past experience, to understand the professional commitment that they are entering into. 

Below, you will see the key criteria which is used to help us determine if a student is suitable for this course or not. If you come from one of the named professions, then it is likely that you will get accepted on our programme; places permitting. However, if you come from a slightly different therapeutic background, please complete the contact form below and we will answer your request individually.

Please note: this is a demanding professional course. It can be challenging  for those completely new to the field of animal medicine, and it does require that you undertake additional reading, home study and case activities. 

Who may apply for this course? 

Regulated Professionals:

  • Osteopaths;
  • Physiotherapists;
  • Chiropractors;
  • Animal practitioners from one of the above disciplines, who wish to study osteopathic approaches to equine patients;
  • Veterinary Surgeons;
  • Veterinary Nurses.

Students of osteopathy, physiotherapy or chiropractic, who have completed their penultimate year of study and feel confident and comfortable about the additional time commitment.

Other professionals who can apply (applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis):

  • Equinology graduates (EEBWII practicing therapists may be eligible for the EFOCC)
  • Fully qualified equine bodyworkers or equine sports & rehabilitation therapists, who are likely to manage the academic demands of the course;
  • Those with an equine science degree who also have sound experience with either their own horses and/or through a daily working setting.  
It is generally observed, that those who have studied at HE level 5-6 or above, find the course more manageable, because we do encourage autonomous student learning and activities such as case research, which the student must feel comfortable with.  

Do you already perform many of the assessments and techniques taught in Level I programme, (but are not an osteopath and do not meet the full Level II criteria?) If so, have you considered completing the equine osteopathic conversion course (EOCC) instead of the whole of Level One?