Animal Osteopathy Courses

ESO Internally Validated Animal Osteopathy Courses

The ESO is proud to be working in association with Animal Osteopathy International to provide an exciting programme of high quality animal courses. These internally validated canine and equine courses are designed and led by Dustie Houchin, the ESO’s Animal Osteopathy Consultant* and a highly respected member of our international faculty; Dustie has almost 20 years experience as an animal osteopath and is also Chair of The Association of Animal Osteopaths.

All courses take place at Plumpton College, Sussex, UK.  For more details call 01622 760816 or email animalosteopathy@eso.ac.uk.

COURSE CONTENT:

  • Working within the law, health and safety & working within your scope of practice
  • Animal behaviour – ethics in animal care
  • Paraprofessional communications & referrals
  • Case history analysis & record taking
  • Surface anatomy
  • Gait analysis
  • Osteopathic assessment and evaluation – clinical reasoning
  • Creating suitable treatment plans
  • Functional muscular skeletal anatomy
  • Osteopathic structural articulation and stretching techniques
  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Common orthopaedic conditions – clinical reasoning

 

DATES OF STUDY:

Canine:  February 14th & 15th  |  March 14th & 15th  |  April 11th & 12th  |  May 16th & 17th

Equine:  February 16th & 17th  | March 16th & 17th  |  April 13th & 14th   |  May 18th & 19th

 

PRICE

£1,599 for each course. Flexible payment option available (fees apply)

 

STRICTLY LIMITED SPACE (Max. 10 students). This course is open ONLY to osteopaths and student osteopaths

For further details contact our Postgraduate Department on 01622 760816 or email animalosteopathy@eso.ac.uk

COURSE CONTENT:

  • Truly osteopathic evaluation – Osteopathic Principles and Concepts adapted for the animal osteopath
  • Functional anatomy & practical review of structural assessment and treatment;
  • Pathological/orthopaedic conditions and where appropriate, treatment/management recommendations;
  • Functional neurology and neurological testing;
  • Common neurological pathological presentations;
  • Theory and practical exposure to Balanced Tissue Tension/fascial techniques with appropriate assessment;
  • Theory and practical exposure to adjustment techniques with appropriate assessment;
  • Integrated osteopathic case analysis;
  • Professional studies.

 

DATES OF STUDY:

Canine:  January 3rd & 4th  | February 14th & 15th  |  March 14th & 15th  |  April 11th & 12th  |  May 16th & 17th

Equine:  January 5th & 6th  | February 16th & 17th  | March 16th & 17th  |  April 13th & 14th   |  May 18th & 19th

 

PRICE

£1,999 for each course. Flexible payment option available (fees apply)

 

STRICTLY LIMITED SPACE (Max. 10 students). This course is open ONLY to those with prior AO experience

For further details contact our Postgraduate Department on 01622 760816 or email animalosteopathy@eso.ac.uk

We are considering 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
  • Equi-taping
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Rehabilitation

 

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.

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.

Foundation Course students 2017

“The canine manual therapy course was an excellent opportunity for learning and professional development. It was different from usual veterinary CPD and I really enjoyed learning how to help patients without being invasive through the use of gentle targeted techniques. It was also really useful to review all the muscle groups and to start thinking about patients and conditions as a whole, not just as a list of symptoms and differential diagnosis.” Claudia (Veterinary Surgeon)

 

“I started the course as a first year student, so I was worried about the osteopathic knowledge that was going to be required. However, the lecturers take all students levels into consideration and really help the less knowledgeable to understand the terms, and get everyone really involved in the learning process. Over the number of weekends I improved so much and am now much more confident than when I started.”  Martha (First year M.Ost osteopathic student)

 

Feedback from previous ESO animal course attendees

 

“My fellow classmates – fast becoming friends – are wonderful. A diverse, enthusiastic mix of students from all over Europe! We all have our own strengths and ways of working and this comes across as a positive class dynamic.  There is hands-on practical from weekend one, so no endless hours of theory, wondering when the practical session will start.”

 

“Very inspiring course. Leaves you wanting to do more.”

 

“The lectures have all been very clear and interesting. Lecturers were supportive throughout. No questions too silly to answer. It was a great, well run course.”

 

“A very enjoyable and well run course”

 

“ A big thank you to the team for a great introduction to the world of animal osteopathy. The atmosphere was both enjoyable and focused, and the elements of learning well chosen. I particularly enjoyed the addition of the behavioural lecture, which I think was a distinctive feature from the other courses presently offered.”

 

“ A very safe, enthusiastic learning environment. Couldn’t have asked for more.”

 

“Thank you for an outstanding experience.”

 

“Fantastic introduction to canine osteopathy and how to start doing some hands on practice, safely and confidently.”

For more information about ESO animal osteopathy courses, and how to apply, please call our AO team on 01622 760816 or email animalosteopathy@eso.ac.uk.

*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. Entry to the validated programmes is currently closed; the animal osteopathy team is developing a new range of internally validated short courses.

We are currently developing a new range of animal-related courses. To keep up with the latest developments join our Animal Osteopathy mailing list or contact the team on 01622 760816 / complete our online contact form.