Animal Osteopathy Programs

Training in animal osteopathy leads to becoming a qualified manual therapist. The diploma is obtained at the end of the course providing all skill sets have been passed. Training in animal osteopathy teaches you to master osteopathic techniques. These structural, visceral and cranial methods are taught with the objective of allowing future animal osteopaths to perform osteopathic consultations.


Animal osteopathy courses

The preparatory courses for the profession of manual therapist provide training in equine, canine, feline and bovine osteopathy. After training in a school of animal osteopathy, students are able to develop their professional activity on their own, as a self-employed practitioner, or as an employee in an existing structure. The training courses relating to osteopathy for animals are as follows:

  • Initial training in animal osteopathy
  • Continuing education for students or professionals who wish to change career
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in equine osteopathy, canine and feline osteopathy, bovine osteopathy.

Animal osteopathy: what do we learn?

During the training, students learn the acts of animal osteopathy. This involves learning manipulation techniques aimed at preventing or treating functional disorders in animals. These are manual external musculoskeletal and myofascial manipulations.

Courses are split between theory and practice. Practical training in stables, farms, shelters is done from the first year course onwards, giving students hands-on experience in equine, canine, feline and bovine osteopathy.

Preparation to become a qualified manual therapist is based on a comprehensive training program. The basic foundation of your training constitutes learning the physiology and anatomy of animals as well as the study of the fundamentals of osteopathy. There are also several other additional themes. Future osteopaths for animals must acquire knowledge in pathologies of anatomy, and much more.

Here are some examples :

  • In ethology, to study behavior in horses, cattle and domestic animals.
  • In angiology, to understand the arterial and venous circulatory system of equines, carnivores and ruminants.
  • In parasitology, nutrition and diet, pharmacology, medical imaging, veterinary toxicology, etc.
Pratique d'ostéopathie animale sur un vison

All of the initial training courses provide future manual therapists with solid knowledge and skills to practice animal osteopathy on all animals. With regards to continuing vocational training, this program is more focussed in its approach because the participants already have professional experience.

For example :

When undergoing training in osteopathic techniques for cattle, the trainee learns to master structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy in cattle. At the end of the training, the trainee will have mastered the osteopathic techniques specifically adapted to cattle.

Whatever the chosen training program, to be trained in the profession of animal osteopathy is to learn to assess a situation in order to be able to establish an osteopathic diagnosis. A professional manual therapist is able to:

  • Conduct a consultation and interpret the pet owner’s request.
  • Undertake physical examinations and assess the animal’s mobility in order to establish an osteopathic diagnosis.
  • Determine any functional disorders.
  • Refer to another animal health professional if necessary.
  • Perform osteopathic treatment and advise the owner on their animal’s rehabilitation.
Pratique d'ostéopathie animale sur un chien

How to choose the right Animal Osteopathy course? 

It is important to choose your training course in animal osteopathy wisely. In order to do this, you must consider certain factors.

  • First of all, a crucial element is the number of training hours. The manual therapist training programme must offer a substantial number of hours in order to cover all the fundamental aspects of the profession. A quality programme should also offer students hands-on practical training. It is therefore essential to choose a course offering as many theoretical training hours as they do practical hours. 
  • Future students can also rely on a school’s reputation. You should therefore consult the reviews left by other students.

Why choose to train at ESAO?

ESAO is a renowned animal osteopathy school whilst also being the first of its kind in Europe with nearly 30 years of experience in training animal osteopaths. It perfectly meets all of the quality criteria as discussed previously in this article. Training is rich, combining theoretical and practical study. Students benefit from unique access to more than 900 animals across Europe to help them practice and perfect the technical acts of animal osteopathy.

In addition to offering top-level training to its students, the school offers access to a high quality digital platform with up-to-date digitalised courses.

The values ​​and duties that ESAO is committed to certainly contributes to the school’s reputation. ESAO puts respect and animal welfare at the forefront. The school also places great importance on hands-on experience in order to train its future manual therapists. All this within a dynamic atmosphere and with a strong sense of team spirit.

With its UK campus, ESAO offers international employment opportunities to its students. The job market for the profession of manual therapist is indeed booming and European and international demand is high. Choosing ESAO for your training and study is to ensure that you acquire all the skills needed to develop your future activity as a manual therapist.