Do you have a creative flair?

Would you be willing to help us design a new SOAP flyer? 

We want to create a new flyer to increase the visibility of SOAP amongst osteopathic schools and the osteopathic community.

As you know, our committee works on a purely voluntary basis. So if you have the skill set and would be willing to volunteer a few hours to draw up a new flyer with our SOAP marketing team (ready for print), we’d be truly grateful.

And if you know a good printing shop, please let us know!!

Big thanks in advance.

The SOAP Team

Please email if you can help.

SOAP logo – message to members

In the past few months we have been asked about a SOAP logo for members and we are looking to have one designed. However, at this time the current SOAP logo is for Society use only and is not permitted for use by members. This is because displaying the SOAP logo indicates some form of quality assurance and endorsement process on behalf of the Society, which currently we do not have.

With that in mind, if you have inadvertently placed the SOAP logo on your marketing material or website, we ask politely that it be removed.

When a member’s logo is introduced, we will be sure to let you know.

NOTE: Please remember to keep an eye on the “Member’s Area” for further news and updates on the RMPR project. We have made great strides over the past month and continue to do so on behalf of our membership. More details will be announced at the AGM in June.

SOAP – Fighting for Animal Osteopaths all over the UK

How to make your Animal CPD count

Many of our members ask us if they can use courses and clinics for their GOsC CDP hours. Whilst the GOsC doesn’t not openly allow animal courses as part of your CPD, they may consider studies where generic skills have been improved, such as communication or comparative studies, such as pathological processes or recovery after injury.

As a result, I have posted an articles under the member’s tab for you to read. This will help you to better direct your studies and the wording you use.

Hope it helps.


Insurance companies and the future of AO – do you care what happens?

We’ve started getting calls from members who are concerned about insurance companies restricting access to animal osteopathy. This has come about because the larger more affluent animal organisations have been able to market themselves to insurance companies, based on their skill set, qualifications and best practice methods. As a result, insurance companies are starting to favour those who stand together as professionals and guarantee a standard of care.

We are truly focused on improving the future of osteopathy for animals and the profession as a whole. We want to stand side by side with other statutory regulated professionals and have an equal presence in the marketplace.

We want to fight on your behalf to lift the profile of the profession and to communicate our benefits to insurance agencies and veterinary organisations, so this situation doesn’t spread.

Our aim is to target the insurance companies over the coming months, to inform them of our standards and our best practice methods. This will benefit you and all who practice AO. 

If you want to be recognised as a professional, we need to create a society for animal osteopathy that stands out from the crowd. Please help your profession by actively spreading the word of SOAP, so we achieve the strength we need to drive the profession forward.

Together we can lead the change

Note: If you have experienced a situation with an insurance agency, please send a brief outline to: We want to understand the extent of the problem. 


After last year’s successful event, we’re returning to MARES in Amersham, Bucks on Saturday 13th June. The programme is in currently being prepared but as soon as speakers have been confirmed we will let you know what exciting things we have in store. Watch this space for further announcements…

Note to our northerly members: Further to some requests last year, we did consider using Moreton Morrell, but because so few of the committee are based north of Watford, practicalities dictated a more southerly location on this occasion. However if members have suitable premises or can suggest a location near, where they could act as a local SOAP co-ordinator, we’d be very happy to have the AGM elsewhere next year. We are keen to grow our membership in the north, so please let us know if you would like to help your profession over the coming year.

Horses Inside Out 2015 Conference

Horses Inside Out 2015 Conference

Training, Therapy and Performance

Saturday 28th February / Sunday 1st March 2015

Ettington Chase Hotel CV37 7NZ

Moreton Morrell College CV35 9BP Warwickshire

Saturday 28th February 2015 – Timetable

0800 – 0845 Registration Coffee and Pastries
0850 – 0900 Gillian Higgins Welcome
0900 – 0930 Gillian Higgins Introduction to Training and Therapy for Performance
0930 – 1045 Dr Kathryn Nankervis Exercise for the purpose of Rehabilitation
1045 – 1100 Dr Kathryn Nankervis Questions and Discussion
1100 – 1140 Break Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
1140 – 1225 Colin Roberts Why are there so many bleeding race horses!?
Anatomical limitations of the Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems.
1225 – 1245 Colin Roberts Questions and Discussion
1245 – 1400 Lunch Dining Hall
1400 – 1445 Colin Roberts The Use of Drugs in Competition Horses
1445 – 1500 Colin Roberts Questions and Discussion
1500 – 1540 Break Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
1540 – 1630 David Marlin The Science of Training for Health and Performance
1630 – 1645 David Newbound Changing the Rider to Improve the Horse
1645 – 1725 All Speakers Panel Session
1725 – 1730 Gillian Higgins Summary and Close
1730 Bar Open
1930 Dinner After Dinner Speaker: Sylvia Loch

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Sunday 1st March 2015 – Timetable

0800 – 0850 Registration Coffee and Pastries
0850 – 0900 Gillian Higgins Welcome
0900 – 1000 Christopher Bartle Polework Training for Improved Performance
1000 – 1100 Christopher Bartle Jumping Training for Improved Performance
1100 – 1140 Break Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
1140 – 1245 Lee Clark Taping for Humans and Horses
1245 – 1400 Lunch Dining Hall
1400 -1500 Adam Kemp Dressage Training
1500 – 1540 Break Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
1540 – 1645 Adam Kemp Dressage Performance
1645 – 1700 Gillian Higgins Summary and Close
  • Tea, coffee and lunch is included.
  • Trade and presentation stands.
  • Scientific poster presentation area.
  • Bar open following the conference on Saturday from 5pm onwards.
  • The Saturday conference dinner will be held at the Ettington Chase Hotel.
  • Certificates of participation will be issued.

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Wishing You A Happy New Year

SOAP would like to wish all its members and followers a bright and prosperous new year. The profession is entering a phase of great change and with your help, we will continue to work tirelessly to support you. Please know that every day, a member of the SOAP team is fighting on your behalf to maintain the profession and move it from strength to strength. It’s no mean feat for a voluntary group, so any support is welcomed. If you feel that you could spare some time for the profession this year, please let us know. The more of us that worked together the better. This is not a solo performance.

With thanks to all.

Dustie Houchin (Chair)