Online Program | 1,000 hours

International Diploma in Equine Osteopathy

The International Diploma in Equine Osteopathy is geared towards osteopathic, musculoskeletal, and animal care professionals keen on expanding their skill-set to include osteopathic treatment for horses.

The program delivers a solid foundation in osteopathic thought and treatment of equines and and is offered in a self-paced, online learning format, allowing flexibility in earning your osteopathic qualification.

Download Program Prospectus
What does the life of an animal osteopath look like? Hear from LCAO Faculty Rachel Pechek.

Program Outline

Both modules are delivered at LCAO´s eLearning platform, powered by Moodle software. Online studies are entirely self-paced: there is no set due date to finish it. Moreover, LCAO students and graduates retain lifetime access to all online courses and future updates.

Module I

Preclinical studies / Core knowledge
Online format / 500 hrs.

Both modules are delivered at LCAO´s eLearning platform, powered by Moodle software. Online studies are entirely self-paced: there is no set due date to finish it. Moreover, LCAO students and graduates retain lifetime access to all online courses and future updates.

Module II

Clinical studies / Eight learning units led by Prof.McGregor
Thesis / Osteopathic Research
Online format / 500 hrs.

Both modules are delivered at LCAO´s eLearning platform, powered by Moodle software. Online studies are entirely self-paced: there is no set due date to finish it. Moreover, LCAO students and graduates retain lifetime access to all online courses and future updates.

Elective Masterclass in Clinical Training

Preclinical studies / Core knowledge
Online format / 500 hrs.

The MasterClass seminar is an optional step on your journey in equine osteopathy. Over the course of five consecutive days, you will learn advanced modalities such as cranial osteopathy, short lever and functional techniques as applied to horses. Through individual tutoring sessions and open discussions, students are encouraged to develop treatment styles relevant to the specialization of their practice.

Ivalalearn 3D Learning

To enhance your educational experience, we offer free access to Ivalalearn.com, an interactive, 3D anatomy-learning platform to each LCAO student.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to deliver safe, rational and effective osteopathic treatment to horses, though treatment principles can be applied to other animals as well. You will learn a wide range of techniques such as osteopathic articular balancing (OAB), short lever technique,  functional technique, and cranial osteopathy as applied to equine patients.

Advance your understanding of systemic and functional anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of the equine animal.

Define the osteopathic philosophy and principles as applied to animal care. Understand the osteopathic approach to health and disease based on structure-function models.

Learn how to perform performing a physical examination using observation, palpation skills, and clinical reasoning skills.

Be able to deliver an effective treatment using appropriate osteopathic techniques.

Recognize indications and contraindications to osteopathic treatment.

Understand your role as an osteopath within today animal health care model.

Qualification & Certification

Program graduates are awarded the qualification of Equine Osteopath may practice animal osteopathy internationally using the professional designation Int´l DipEO.

London College of Animal Osteopathy is accredited and approved by the following organizations. For more information, please visit our Partners page.

What does a career in Animal Osteopathy look like?

LCAO Head Instructor and Animal Osteopath, Rachel Pechek, describes the many opportunities Equine Osteopaths have to practice their profession.

Learn more about the program through the Prospectus.

For more information on the program content, tuition details and financing options, please download our Program Prospectus.

With any inquiries you may reach us at admissions@aosteocollege.com or at +1 833 201 3456 (Global).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to log in to the LCAO eLearning platform at certain times?

No. You may access your studies 24/7 from anywhere in the world. All learning happens online, so that you may complete the coursework on your own time and at your own pace.

What are the technical requirements to participate in LCAO's online courses?

LCAO's eLearning platform is designed to work at an optimal level on an internet-connected desktop, notebook or tablet. The system runs on Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

Who can benefit most from an LCAO education?

LCAO programs and courses are intended for a large audience:
1) members of the DVM/MVD community and osteopaths interested in expanding their practice to include animal osteopathy;
2)  Physiotherapists , chiropractors, massage therapists keen on working with equine and canine patients;
3) animal care professionals such as trainers, vet techs, breeders, trainers, farriers. For further inquiries email us at admissions@aosteocollege.com

What are my payment options?

We offer secure payment options through PayPal, Stripe or Bank Transfer. The tuition invoice can also be paid by credit or debit card (no PayPal or Stripe account is necessary). Interac e-transfer is available in Canada.

Is it possible to pay in instalments?

Yes. We offer an interest-free payment plan to qualified students by which tuition fees are payable over 3 instalments scheduled 5 weeks apart.  For more information, email info@aosteocollege.com .