AAO is global association, created to remove divides and encourage solidarity in the profession

The Association of Animal Osteopaths is the UK’s leading Association for animal osteopaths, but there are plans to reach out into Europe in 2021 to support our global community. AAO’s aim is to unite, develop and promote the profession, for the betterment of animal welfare and healthcare worldwide.

We are a voluntary association, sustained only by donations from members. Paid membership was stopped in 2018 to ensure that ALL animal osteopaths had access to the information they need, no matter what their financial situation, nor educational background. We are inclusive, providing a setting where all practitioners can feel safe to reach out. We are also happy to direct the general public, who have an interest in finding an animal osteopath. But, fundamentally the AAO is here to support animal osteopaths, to give them a voice and collegiate platform.

Our key areas of focus are quality of care, education and safety. To ensure that all those who work in this field and the members of the AAO work within their scope of practice and in line with our Code of Conduct. We work where appropriate, with with the Register of Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP), which endorses increased awareness of educational standards and levels of professionalism in the animal manual therapy world. Such a relationship, ensures that osteopaths have a voice in the political setting as the market of animal manual therapy continues to expand and grow.

The ethos of the AAO is to support animal osteopaths worldwide. To help practitioners grow and learn in a safe setting with people who have help to shape the future of the profession, and worked within the industry for many years. We offer guidance to those new to practice and guidelines for those seeking direction.

We are an unbiased voice, sharing industry news and information about the profession, courses that are available within the UK and CPD events for those already in practice . We are also keen to expand the list of educational providers into Europe, and beyond, so if you know of any educational establishments you would like to advertise their courses through us, please ask them to get in touch.

Lastly, if you are an animal owner and would like to find an animal osteopath for your pet or animal, please go to our “Find an Osteopath” tab where you will find a list of those who are happy to be published.

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