The Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy Diploma Course (22290VIC) consists of the following Units of Competency:
|Unit of Competency||Unit of Competency/Module Title|
|VU21710||Employ knowledge of equine distal limb anatomy and physiology in hoof management|
|VU21711||Apply the principles of equine orthopaedics|
|VU21712||Integrate equine biomechanics and hoof management|
|VU21713||Manage equine hoof development|
|VU21714||Provide equine barefoot rehabilitation|
|VU21715||Provide functional equine hoof protection|
|BSBSMB405||Monitor and manage small business operations|
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid. The unit HLTAID003 is a requirement for completion of the course but it is not delivered by ACEP. Delivery of the unit will be arranged if enough students need to obtain it.|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|RGRCMN201A||Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices|
|RGRCMN401A||Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices|
|RGRPSH302A||Supervise handling of horses|
|RRGRPSH308A||Provide first aid and emergency care for horses|
|RGRPSH401A||Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of horses|
On the successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Nationally Accredited Diploma of Equine Podiotherapy (22290VIC) and may use the title of Equine Podiotherapist in your practice and advertising. You will also qualify for membership with the Equine Podiotherapist's Association and have access to ongoing learning and networking with other Podiotherapists.
What you will NOT learn!
You will NOT leave the Equine Podiotherapy Diploma Course (22290VIC) with a one size fits all approach to your work. Trimming based on that premise is set to fail and most horses with serious hoof problems fall far outside those parameters .... and these are the horses that most need your help!
But you WILL learn a paradigm based in equine orthopaedics and based on equine anatomy studies.
Current first aid certificate must be presented to the college prior to completion of the diploma course but we do encourage students to complete a first aid course prior to commencement.
You must be willing to study and undertake case histories as part of your course.
Because this career path is relatively new and those who are seeking to obtain education come from a wide cross section of the community, male and female, young and old, the course developers felt that setting prerequisites based on previous education/experience was unfair and would prevent many people who are passionate about hoof care from attending.
The sky is your limit! This training opens up a huge field of work. In Australia at present the demand for properly trained natural hoof care specialists far exceeds the supply. It is impossible to meet the demand for Equine Podiotherapists at this time!
In a world of shrinking careers your horizons in natural hoof care are limitless! Your skills will even take you outside this country if that is what you wish.
These are held once a year and these ongoing learning opportunities are offered to those who have studied Equine Podiotherapy. The guest lecturers are drawn from those who are working at the cutting edge of equine hoof care and research.
How long is the Diploma Course?
The course is classified as full time and is designed to be completed in two years. There are four blocks. In the first year, the course is delivered in three intensive 7 day blocks of face to face lectures and practicals complemented by distance learning modules. The fourth block is delivered in the second year. Students then have to complete a series of case studies within their second year. Assignments are to be completed between the blocks.
The college is based at Mayfield, 470 Middle Creek Road, Yarck, in north-east Victoria. Mayfield is a 1000 acre beef, sheep and horse breeding farm, offering horse agistment and lameness rehabilitation, specialising in laminitis. The campus provides a comfortable air conditioned classroom, student amenities, accommodation and camping facilities. There is also a full range of off-campus accommodation within easy driving distance.
What else will you need?
Students need to supply their own trimming gloves and it is a condition of the college insurance that students must wear an approved (Australian Standards) safety riding helmet during the handling of live horses. Loan tools and farrier aprons are available from the college but if you are travelling by car, please bring your own if you can. Gloves, aprons and a large inventory of trimming tools are available for purchase but not safety helmets.
The first block usually commences in February. Please consider booking early (even the year before) as the course usually fills very quickly and places are limited because of the hands on nature of this training.
This is a competency based course. Assessments include in class practical and written assessments, oral presentations, written assignments and a major case study portfolio.
The fee for service for the 2021 Diploma Course is $9000, consisting of:
- $4140 tuition fees
- $1260 material fees
- $3600 amenity fees
- payable via a payment plan.
The eligible funded fee for the 2021 Diploma Course is $5000, below.
- $698 tuition fees - ($0.80c per hour)
- $1260 materials fees
- $3042 amenity fees
- payable via a payment plan
This training is delivered to eligible individuals with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to access training funded through the Skills First Program.
The student tuition fees are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
Course notes for each study block will be released to students via the student log in section of the ACEP website once payment for that study block is received. Student login will be disabled until payment is received into our account.