DUSTIE HOUCHIN – Programme Leader & Lecturer

Dustie with horse smallerDustie graduated from the BSO in 1998. Today, she’s Programme Leader on the ESO’s Animal Osteopathy programmes, teaches communications and business development on the M.Ost programme and is a dissertation supervisor, actively participating as the hands-on practitioner for a number of undergraduate student studies.

Dustie has been an animal osteopath for over 15 years, working mostly with horses and dogs. Her training began with Anthony Pusey, followed by Stuart McGregor in 2002, after which time she worked in two veterinary practices to gain hands-on experience with both horses and dogs. Today, Dustie treats horses from both the English and Western fraternities and has a special interest in animal behaviour and pathological presentations. Clinically, Dustie treats both human and animal patients and has two human clinics in Bucks and Kent.

Dustie is the Chair of The Association of Animal Osteopaths, a voluntary professional association for animal osteopaths in the UK, providing ongoing political and educational support and guidance.


ELEANOR ANDREWS – Senior Lecturer 

Eleanor graduated from the ESO and trained under Stuart McGregor.  Today she works on the M.Ost at the ESO where she has undertaken her PGCHE teaching qualification and is a lecturer of animal osteopathy.

Clinically, Eleanor treats human and animal patients both in Kent and Hampshire, using a variety of treatment techniques to improve movement and general well being.  She is especially interested in applied anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation and enjoys furthering her knowledge base both on her own and by attending and taking part in lectures, clinics, dissections and courses on latest techniques which she then puts into practice.

Eleanor works along side Vets, Farriers, Saddlers, Hydrotherapists and other paraprofessionals in the treatment and rehabilitation of horses from a variety of disciplines from grass roots up to top competition level and a range of canine patients which include obedience and agility dogs.

Eleanor is a committee member of The Association of Animal Osteopaths, a voluntary professional association for animal osteopaths in the UK, who’s aim is to help support animal osteopaths in their careers and provide ongoing political and educational support and guidance.

Prior to Osteopathy, Eleanor worked in the equine industry, training with the Pony Club and BHS and developing training programmes and instructing all ages and disciplines (both practical and theory), this also included becoming a registered RDA instructor. Whilst Dressage is her first love she has participated in many disciplines including XC, SJ, and Polo and has course built, written for and judged dressage.

Elea, who is a talented equestrian and animal osteopath will be lecturing on the Canine Studies, Advanced Canine Studies and Equine Studies courses 2015/2016


Stephanie Pittam is an ESO trained osteopath and treats horses alongside her human practice in Cambridgeshire. Her equine patients include all types, from happy hackers to advanced dressage and eventing horses. She has attended countless equine talks and clinics and enjoys giving talks on osteopathy to horsey groups and riding clubs.

Prior to osteopathy, Steph worked in the equine industry initially training with the BHS and then working with competition horses from backing up to Olympic level.

Steph considers animal osteopaths to be invaluable in detecting sub-clinical lameness arising from biomechanical imbalance and strain patterns. She has a particular interest in the intricate physical and emotional relationship between horse and rider and the treatment of complex conditions and trauma in animals.

During an extended trip to Asia in 2013, Steph took the opportunity to hold advisory and treatment clinics for horses and donkeys in Cambodia, Indonesia and Nepal. This was a humbling experience and showed how osteopathy can help in the most challenging of environments.


Francesca has been privileged to have horses from the age of three and competed in many disciplines through her younger years. She pursued a showjumping career with horses from the age of 13 and jumped for her country in under 16’s and under 21’s. Having competed at this level she became aware of the importance of osteopathy in keeping her horses free from pain such as the demands of sport can impose. Following the completion of her BHSAI exams, Francesca qualified in Osteopathy in 2000 with view to working on animals (in particular horses) and has built up a practice in both the human and equine field and the occasional canine patient

The one hurdle she did encounter was the lack education available in Animal Osteopathy. It has been a particular interest of hers to solve this problem and help create a course that enables postgraduate osteopaths to work safely and competently.

Francesca has tried to encorporate her knowledge with courses in biomechanics and dissections. She has also worked with a variety of different practitioners such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and vets, to name but a few, and has learnt a wide variety of techniques as a result.

Francesca has been working for the past 12 years with international riders and their horses in Showjumping, Dressage, Eventing and Racing as well as the humble pet. Her experience has now created a particular interest in “the unruly horse” working with people who “reschool” horses that are difficult to ride. This is often misconstrued behaviour and Francesca is now aiming to educate owners and riders that misbehaviour is very often due to pain.


Jenny  qualified as an osteopath in 1988 from BCOM and has been in private osteopathic practice since then.  Early on in her career she wanted to be able to help her own animals with osteopathy and was fortunate to receive equine and canine training from the late Tony Pusey, who inspired her to develop her cranial osteopathic work further.  Jenny is currently a lecturer and tutor at the BSO teaching undergraduate and postgraduate cranial osteopathic skills. During this time she has been lucky to receive instruction from Edna Lay & Ken Graham amongst others. She is also a member of SOAP and a member of the Rollin E Becker Institute (REBI) faculty. Two years ago she wrote and led a weekend course “Cranial Osteopathy for the Dog” for REBI at Moreton Morrell college.  Over the years Jenny has studied animal treatment approaches with not only osteopaths but also physiotherapists & chiropractors.




Olivia Turner is an Animal Behaviourist and Welfare Consultant who obtained her B.Sc Honours in Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge in 2013. She specialises in equine behaviour and training and presented her research on this at the International Society for Equitation Science’s conference in Delaware, USA in 2013, to further equine science and improve equine welfare. She was a guest speaker at Anglia Ruskin’s first ever Animal Welfare conference in 2014 and is currently working towards gaining an associate diploma in Equitation Science at The Australian Equine Behaviour Centre.

Her academic interests lie in the progression of equitation science and furthering the welfare of animals in current training and management practises. Aside from this Olivia runs her own art business in fine art and animal portraiture where she undertakes commissions and auctions pieces for charity.



SARAH WISSON – Lecturer from New Zealand 

Sarah is based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has been with animals all her life, attributed to her family farm up-bringing, interacting with horses & dogs through training & riding.

In 2003, she completed her studies with Stuart McGregor and returned back to New Zealand to open her own business, working in conjunction with Emma Fairs on the human side of Osteopathy, within a holistic, integrated medical centre.Sarah sees a variety of animals in the countryside of NZ, travelling many kilometres, between the 2 islands. Sheep, goats, geese, llamas, are not uncommon, besides her expertise in horses & dogs.

She works in conjunction with many vets pre/post & during surgery and also the Elite Agility Dogs of New Zealand and working dogs (tracking & husky racing), by who she is endorsed. Sarah has extensive expertise in the field of rehabilitation for dogs, due to working alongside Dr Kirsten Wylie (who was the specialised vet in Alaska for the Iditarod for numerous years).

Other commitments to the osteopathic field in NZ, have been lecturing on animal osteopathy to the members of the profession & publically. In 2006 Sarah was appointed an examiner for overseas osteopaths by the OCNZ, which ended in 2010. She still continues work with the council at present in the paediatric scope of osteopathy and as a mentor to overseas osteopaths. In 2014, Sarah lectured on the Foundation Course in Animal Osteopathy at the ESO and in November 2014 talked at the 10th ICAOR Conference in Brazil, where she presented a paper on Forelimb Lameness in Dogs due to Bicipital Tenosynovitis.

We are pleased to announce that Sarah has kindly offered to guest lecture on the Advanced Canine Studies and Equine Studies courses in academic year 2015/2016. This shows outstanding commitment to the profession and our students are lucky to have the opportunity to experience her wealth of knowledge. 


Nadine graduated in 1978 from the BSO and has more than 20 years experience in animal practice, specialising in small animals, lecturing in this topic around the UK. She is a founder member of SOAP and is their representative within the Osteopathic Alliance.

As consultant Osteopath at the Hyde Park Veterinary Centre  for over 15 years, Nadine has worked closely with vets before and after surgical procedures, giving an osteopathic opinion on cases where medical tests are inconclusive and running a busy list. Her special interest is in visceral cases inspired by the years working in a renowned integrated medical practice for women’s healthcare, obstetrics and infant care.

Nadine presented a retrospective study on Forelimb Lameness in Canines from an Osteopathic Viewpoint, at the first International Congress of Osteopathy in Animal Practice. She also taught a master-class on the visceral aspects of the osteopathic care of cats and dogs.