School of animal osteopathy

To become an manual therapist, you have to take a course in a school of animal osteopathy. ESAO is the benchmark school for training in the profession of manual therapist, all in a benevolent and idealistic natural setting. Let us introduce you!


The first animal osteopathy school in Europe

In France, ESAO is the leading school of animal osteopathy. It has been the European benchmark for the teaching of animal osteopathy for almost 30 years.


ESAO over the years

The school ESAO was founded in 1993 upon the initiative of Jean-Yves Girard. With a presence in the UK as well as France, this is the school training the manual therapists of tomorrow. 

In 2002, ESAO was accredited by the British Accreditation Council, an independent body whose mission is to maintain the quality of educational institutions and private higher education in Great Britain.


What is a School of Animal Osteopathy 

A school of animal osteopathy aims to teach osteopathy for animals and deliver a recognized diploma for animal osteopathy at the end of study. Students learn this natural medicine, which allows you to see the animal in its entirety, and to treat a wide variety of functional disorders: lameness and stiffness, visceral pathologies, ovarian disorders, behavioral disorders and respiratory insufficiencies. Being an osteopath for animals requires extensive knowledge and in-depth expertise. In order to respect and apply the fundamental principles of animal osteopathy you must therefore complete a training course at an animal osteopathy school.

The first recommendation to follow when looking for an animal osteopathy school is to check that the training offered is accredited. This assures the teaching framework, expertise and quality assessment.


School of Excellence and a reputable diploma

ESAO school is the only school to provide a training programme in animal osteopathy accredited by two official and independent study control bodies. This high-quality training also gives students access to nearly 900 animals in order to practice their animal osteopathy skills.

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The stables and access to 900 animals 

ESAO students are fortunate to benefit from the school’s educational partnerships with numerous stables, farms, shelters and breeders. This allows students privileged access to nearly 900 animals in order to immerse themselves in the heart of the animal world and the practice of animal osteopathy.


A rich and caring school life

The ESAO school promises, above all, a warm atmosphere. The premises are beautiful and modern and equipped with the latest technology. Theoretical and practical classes punctuate student life both within and outside school, but that’s not all. The school is located in a calming, natural environment, perfect for walks through Lisieux. Each campus offers pleasant living spaces for eating or relaxing, as well as learning and work spaces (classrooms, a computer room, a study room and a library). The Student Office also organises events and activities to enrich school life.


A team of enthusiasts and specialists

ESAO’s educational team includes:

  • Mr. Jean-Yves Girard, ESAO’s Founder, President of FEOA, Jury Member for Professional Certification at CNOV and a member of the CNOV Steering Committee, Chair of the Scientific and Pedagogical Council at ESAO.
  • Members of the Management Team, with Centres for Education, Development and Accounting.
  • Educational Stakeholders
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