Animal Osteopathy at the ESO
At the ESO we believe that, in order to become a reputable profession, Animal Osteopathy must stand and be accountable for its standards of education*. Our Aim: To ensure that those who work on animals, osteopathically, have the skill set and awareness to do so safely and competently. To know when to treat and when to refer and to work side-by-side with paraprofessionals for the welfare of the animal. Our animal programmes are led by Dustie Houchin, an Animal Osteopath of over 15 years and Chair of The Association of Animal Osteopaths.
ESO Internally Validated Courses
Diploma Course (Canine and/or Equine) – starts October 2017
Delivered over 5 weekends (covering a 5 month period), our Diploma courses are ideal for practitioners with existing qualifications in animal osteopathy who wish to expand their subject knowledge and for those who have previously attended an ESO Foundation course. An RPEL (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning) process is available for osteopaths without formal animal qualifications and for other animal manual therapists*; those accessing the course through RPEL will be invited to attend an interview to ensure suitability for the programme.
Course content will include:
- Advanced anatomy & practical review of structural assessment
- Pathological/orthopaedic conditions and, where appropriate, testing and appropriate osteopathic treatment recommendations
- Functional neurology and neurological testing
- Theory of BLT/fascial techniques plus assessment and practice
- Theory of toggle and low amplitude techniques plus assessment and practice
- Ongoing integrated osteopathic case analysis
Those who successfully complete the Diploma Courses will receive the following ESO-validated awards:-
- Osteopaths: Diploma in Animal Osteopathy (Canine and/or Equine)
- Non-osteopaths: Diploma in Animal Manual Therapy (Canine and/or Equine)
To discuss the suitability of your existing qualifications/experience please email Programme Leader, Dustie Houchin, on firstname.lastname@example.org. For general enquiries, answers to frequently asked questions or for an application form please complete our contact form or call 01622 760816.
*Applicants with existing equine or canine massage qualifications may be eligible for a place on the Diploma programme, subject to passing a 1-day conversion course – please contact us for more information. Please note if you are not an osteopath you may not use the term ‘osteopath’ or any such variation when advertising your services in the UK. This does not, however, prevent you from using the techniques we teach and describing your skill set using terms such as manual therapy or body work.
NEXT COURSE starts February 2018 – call 01622 760816 or email email@example.com to find out more
Whether you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding adjunct to existing skills or taking the first step towards further study, these foundation courses will give you an outstanding basis for your career with animals.* Delivered over 4 weekends (covering a 4 month period), you’ll learn from our team of passionate and experienced lecturers, who together have well over 40 years experience in animal practice. These courses will provide hours of hands-on practical on live models, with theoretical elements conveyed through directed study wherever possible, maximising the time spent interacting with our horses and dogs.
Our Foundation courses are open to osteopaths, student osteopaths and appropriate paraprofessionals* (such as physiotherapists and chiropractors). Those who can demonstrate relevant clinical or animal-related knowledge to safely and competently undertake the course are also welcome to apply – to discuss the suitability of your existing qualifications/experience please email Programme Leader, Dustie Houchin, on firstname.lastname@example.org. For general enquiries, answers to frequently asked questions or for an application form please complete our contact form or call 01622 760816.
Those who successfully complete the Foundation Course will received the following ESO-validated awards:-
- Osteopaths: Foundation Certificate in Animal Osteopathy
- Non-osteopaths: Foundation Certificate in Animal Manual Therapy
*Please note if you are not an osteopath you may not use the term ‘osteopath’ or any such variation when advertising your services in the UK. This does not, however, prevent you from using the techniques we teach and describing your skill set using terms such as manual therapy or body work.
Find out what previous Foundation Course students thought – visit our Student Testimonials page
How to Apply
To register for the Foundation and Diploma course application form, please complete our contact form or call 01622 760816.
We are in the process of developing a new, exciting calendar of animal related courses for osteopaths and paraprofessionals. Options being considered:-
- Short Animal Osteopathy CPD workshops covering a range of topics
- Animal behaviour
If you’d like us to keep you updated on our progress please complete our contact form and your details will be added to our mailing list.
*In March 2015 the University of Greenwich awarded the ESO validation for three new postgraduate animal osteopathic programmes. The MSc Animal Osteopathy (Canine and Equine) and their associated PG Certificate and PG Diploma. We were the first Osteopathic Educational Institute in the UK to offer such a programme and commendations were made to both Miss Houchin and the ESO for having created such an excellent programme of education for this embryonic profession. At this time the validated programmes are closed to new applications and the animal osteopathy team is developing a range of internally validated animal programmes.