How to Become an Equine Osteopath

Equine Osteopathy

Equine osteopathy is the adaptation of the techniques of human osteopathic to treat horses, combining with veterinary surgeons’ knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology and neurology of horse body.

Equine Osteopathy is a manual method and natural treatment. It helps to improve the condition, function and mobility of all body parts, including muscles, skeletal, ligaments, joints or organ.

Osteopathy will treat bad back in horses, gait problems, stiffness in the older horse, stiffness in the older horse, stiffness in different areas of the body, Problems with the head carriage, neural, vascular restrictions, organs rebalancing, changes in behaviour (bucking, rearing, kicking), tendon injuries, ligament overstrains and hind leg and back leg lameness.

Equine osteopaths are licensed animal health professionals, who are qualified to diagnose and treat horse osteopathy. An osteopath is a demanded job, and demand is increase due to more people aware to be an osteopath. Equine osteopaths work in sports clubs, therapy centres, Animal hospitals, zoological gardens and private clinics. Lots of time they visit patients in their own places. Majority of equine osteopath work outside and they have to work in different places. They have to travel from one place to another place.

People tend to contact a qualified equine osteopath if their horse is not performing well, different behaviour patterns and develop any unusual problems. After getting his history and consultation, Osteopath will provide treatments. Depending on the severity of problems, osteopath decides the period of treatment. Normally equine back problems need 3 to 4 treatments and yearly maintains checkups are needed.

Information that needs to collect by osteopath before start osteopathy.

  • Get a complete medical history of the animal.
  • Examine a patient carefully to identify external body changes.
  • Perform simple movement and check the patient outputs.
  • Light palpation – Examined the patient using a highly developed sense of touch to identify the weak point of the body.
  • Sometimes need to check blood sugar level, cholesterol level before the start treatment. Therefore need to perform blood tests
  • Sometimes need to x-rays to identify bony abnormalities.

Treatments are carried out by the equine osteopath.

  • Stretching limbs to help joint mobility.
  • Articulation the joints.
  • Massage to relax stiff muscles.
  • Segmental manipulation.
  • Traction.
  • Giving patient exercise to work in at home.
  • Advising on balanced diets.
  • Mention about lifestyle changes.

Qualifications need to become an equine osteopath.

To become a qualified equine osteopath must register with the general osteopath council (GOSC) as an osteopath before they are allowed to practice. GOSC is a human osteopath registered council. Therefore to become an equine osteopath you will complete human osteopathy course, and the further specialist training is required about equines.

Recognized qualification of osteopathic education.

∙Bachelor in osteopathic medicine (Five-year full time )

∙Osteopathic medicine (Four-year full time )

∙Bachelor in osteopathy (Four-year full time or five year part-time )

∙BSc (Hons) osteopathy (Four-year full time or five year part-time )

After complete these courses, you can work with animals and then you can complete a postgraduate level course while you are working.

Qualifications need to follow equine osteopath courses in equine osteopath collages.

  1. Minimum of two A ( Grade A-C ) [preferably in chemistry or physics and biology or human biology]
  2. Five GCSE passes (Grade A-C ) including English and Maths.
  3. The minimum age to start training is 18.

Qualified medical doctors and physiotherapy can complete an accelerated pathway and can easily become an osteopath.

The subject that is covered in osteopathy course.

∙Basic anatomy and physiology.

∙ Pathology.

∙ Clinical medicine.

∙ Communication skills.

∙ Diagnostic and treatment planning.

∙ Clinical Practices.

Why you should choose osteopathy courses.

  1. To open up a career of opportunity.

After qualified and registered with the general osteopathy council, you can make a good professional demand. Sometimes you can get a good job before you even Graduate. 97% of graduate osteopaths are employers.

2. To earn a good salary.

Osteopaths have a good salary, and they can work full of the day and full of the week. They can earn money in different ways.

3.You can get different Experiences.

Normally osteopath is work in different places and lots of time need to travel to visit their patients. Therefore unlike other jobs, the osteopath is not a boring job. It is like a journey; you can travel over the world.

  1. Enjoy career freedom

The majority of osteopaths are self-employed. According to their choice, they can choose their work time and free time. They can get the ultimate freedom because you are your own boss.

The best courses from school to university.

∙University college of osteopathy ( university in London, England )


  1. Master of Osteopathy (MOST) – Full time.

It is a full-time undergraduate programme. You should complete the entry requirements 4-year course.

2.Master of osteopathy (MOST) – part-time.

You should complete the entry requirements. It is a part-time 5-year course.

3.Master of Science(Msc) in osteopathy.

This is a full-time postgraduate programme for qualified chiropractors, sports therapist, physiotherapists and medical practitioners. It is a two-year pre-qualifying course designed to allow these practitioners to archive the required competence profile for autonomous osteopathic practice. You should complete the entry requirements. It is a full-time 2-year course.

∙European school of osteopathy LTD

The MOST programme.

It is a fulltime 4-year undergraduate programme.

∙LW equine osteopathy.

∙European school of animal osteopathy.

∙McTimoney College of chiropractic.

∙PGCert in animal osteopathy.

Thought by the osteopathy centre for Animals (OCA).

The course focus on osteopathic examination, evaluation and treatments of equines. You should complete the entry requirements. This course is part-time and one year.

Postgraduate courses in animal osteopathy.

  1. Contact the “Association of Animal osteopaths.”
  2. European school of osteopathy.
  3. Osteopathy centre for animals.