We are a voluntary group committed to the future of animal osteopathy
Dustie Houchin – Chair and founder member
Dustie has a keen interest in the advancement of animal osteopathy and the betterment of the profession internationally. She has written and managed 3 validated programmes in animal osteopathy for the European School of Osteopathy and was the Programme Leader for their M.Ost and Animal Osteopathic Pathways until November 2016. She now focuses solely on the education pathways of animal osteopaths (remaining in her position as Animal Osteopathy Programme Leader) and is working with a number of schools around the world to help set up programmes of their own.
Dustie was a founder member of SOAP, taking over as Chair in 2013. She then advanced SOAP to the AAO in August 2016, when her work with the RMPR project highlighted a gap in the market and a need for a strong ambassador for animal osteopaths in practice and those in education.
She has her own human practice in Buckinghamshire but treats horses and small animals in Bucks, Oxon, Berkshire and Surrey. She also teaches animal osteopathy at the ESO and is a freelance lecturer/speaker.
Dustie’s aim is to provide both new graduates and experienced practitioners with the support and education they need to work in the area of Animal Osteopathy, professionally and successfully, whilst also ensuring that animal osteopathy advances with all other professions in terms of educational and political standards.
Eleanor Andrews – Secretary & founder member
Eleanor’s love of horses began as a young novice rider at the age of 4 and progressed to being a horse owner and trainer during her teenager years whilst also attaing her BHS Stage 1 and 2. As a keen member of Pony Club she competed for her division and also attained her ‘B Test’. Whilst working at a BHS yard, Eleanor developed training programmes and instructed all ages and disciplines (both practical and theory), this also included becoming a registered RDA instructor. Whilst Dressage is her first love she has participated in many disciplines including XC, SJ, and Polo.
Nadine Hobson – Osteopathic Alliance Liaison Officer
With over 15 years at the Hyde Park Veterinary Centre, Nadine has worked closely with vets before and after surgical procedures, giving an Osteopathic opinion on cases where medical tests are inconclusive and running a busy Osteopathic list. Her special interest is in visceral cases inspired by the years working in a renowned Integrated Medical practice for Women”s Healthcare, Obstetrics and Infant care.
Nadine presented a retrospective study at the First international Congress of Osteopathy in Animal Practice, moderated a panel of experts and taught a masterclass on the visceral aspects of the osteopathic care of cats and dogs. She is also on the faculty of the MSc in Animal Manipulation (Osteopathy) Validated by BPP University, as tutor for the Canine module.
Faye Andrews – Membership Officer
Faye graduated for the BSO in 2002 and set up her own human practice in Surrey straight away. She returned to the BSO in 2007 to teach osteopathic technique to years 1-3 on both the full and part time courses, she has since started teaching on the BSOs sports MSc programme and has run a CPD workshop on fascia and movement. Her background in junior international sport has helped develop her interest in how to get the best movement from the body and how it works efficiently and effectively.
Mel Bell – Newsletter Editor
Melda (Mel) graduated from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 1985 and in 2007 converted her qualification to a BSc (hons) Ost through the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. She currently works in both human and animal practice in Northamptonshire, Rutland and Lincolnshire and is continuing her education undertaking an MSc in Animal Osteopathy with the European School of Osteopathy. Mel’s particular interests include exploring and ascertaining an evidence base for animal osteopathy in practice. She looks forward to supporting the AAO in her role on committee by bringing her strengths of event organising and analysing research along with her expert writing and grammatical skills to the team.
Wil Ames – Treasurer & Membership Secretary (Non-voting)
Wil Ames MICB AATQB – Wil has previous employment as a financial advisor, mortgage advisor and almost twenty years combined experience in the City of London Police Force and Avon & Somerset Constabulary. He is employed by an accountancy firm that specialises in tax matters for clients in the healthcare profession and is the accounts manager for an osteopathic practice in Buckinghamshire. He also runs his own bookkeeping business for small businesses – specialising in MSK professionals.