Animal osteopaths work in a variety of settings. At present, most equine osteopaths (though not all) work on a freelance basis, moving between yards to meet with clients and patients. They often work with vets and other animal practitioners (such as farriers, trainers and dentists) to ensure a truly holistic approach is being utilised. Canine osteopaths, on the other hand, often work in a surgery setting as a complementary service to normal veterinary care. This provides an opportunity to work alongside the animal’s vet, giving easy access to test results and x-ray reports.
As with all aspects of osteopathy, where you take your career is really up to you. You may decide to open your own canine osteopathic centre, incorporating a range of other modalities and disciplines, or you may prefer to do home visits to fit around your human practice. Much the same can be said of those with an interest in equine osteopathy who have a keen interest in rehabilitation and training and like the idea of working in a team setting.
Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice
The Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice (www.uksoap.org.uk) was founded in 2004, after discussions with the General Osteopathic Council outlined a need for support for osteopaths wishing to study/work in this specialist field of osteopathy. SOAP has always worked toward better educational offerings for osteopaths and also increased visibility for the profession through the building of professional bridges and national visibility. Members of the SOAP committee work hand in hand with the ESO to ensure the content of our courses is in line with the needs of today’s animal osteopath.