ISBT-Equine Bowen Therapy / ISBT-Canine Bowen Therapy

Conducted by internationally experienced animal physical therapist, Suzanne Baker BSc DC Dip Acc., and the official ISBT teaching team, the two animal courses are the ISBT-Equine Bowen Therapy and the ISBT-Canine Bowen Therapy but the principles may be applied on many other animals.

Prerequisites:

ISBT Equine-Bowen Therapy course:
proof of appropriate horse handling skills. Applicants must be horse owners or will need to show documented proof they

Suzanne and Lisa discussing position
of moves at a stable in Hong Kong

must be horse owners or will need to show documented proof they are experienced in horsemanship
and stable management.

ISBT Canine-Bowen Therapy course:

applicants must be dog owners or need to be experienced in canine handling.

Equine Course

Level 1 course curriculum:

  • Theory and concepts of ISBT-Bowen Therapy
  • Equine musculo-skeletal anatomy
  • Introducing fascia
  • Veterinary terminology
  • Safety working around horses
  • Assessment procedures
  • Saddle fit
  • Therapy practice on humans to obtain a good technique  before working on horses
  • Lumbar theory and practical
  • Mid back theory and practical
  • Shoulder theory and practical
  • Sequence use
  • After care

Level 2 course curriculum:

  • Further ISBT-Bowen practical session on humans
  • Revise Level 1 Sequences
  • Introduction to soft tissue structures
  • Rider problems and their effect on the horse
  • Dental issues and identifying problems with bits
  • Neck theory and practical
  • Hamstrings theory and practical
  • Sacrum theory and practical
  • Sequence use

Levels 1 and 2 are very suitable for professionals, non-professionals and horse owners. Those students who wish to continue their training towards a Therapist qualification will be required to complete Levels 3 & 4 including case studies. They will also need to have completed Modules 1 & 2 of the ISBT Human Bowen Therapy course (or equivalent) to obtain their Therapist certificate and practising insurance. ISBT Equine Therapists will be required to have a good understanding of Human Bowen Therapy in order to be able to treat the rider as well as the horse. 

Level 3 course curriculum:

  • Revision of Level 2 
  • Advanced gait and lameness
  • The unbalanced rider
  • Saddle related back problems
  • Equine body assessment
  • Lameness issues
  • TMJ (Jaw)
  • Pectorals 
  • Carpals
  • Obliques
  • Stifle
  • Advanced sacrum
  • Advanced neck techniques
  • Advanced shoulder techniques 
  • Case studies sharing and feedback

Level 4 course curriculum:

  • Revision of Level 3 
  • Advanced equine palpation and assessment
  • Performance and rider problems
  • Therapist level saddlery
  • Therapist level teeth and bitting
  • Therapist level shoeing
  • Therapist level safety awareness
  • Insurance
  • Professional code of conduct
  • Case studies sharing and feedback
  • Written exam
  • Practical exam
Canine Course

Level 1 course curriculum:

  • Theory and concepts of ISBT-Bowen Therapy Canine musculo-skeletal anatomy
  • Introducing fascia Veterinary terminology
  • Veterinary primary care 
  • Canine behaviour and safety issues
  • Therapy practice on humans to obtain a good technique before working on dogs
  • Lumbar theory and practical
  • Mid back theory and practical
  • Shoulder theory and practical
  • Sequence use
  • After care

Level 2 course curriculum:

  • Further ISBT-Bowen practical session on humans
  • Revise Level 1 Sequences
  • Introduction to soft tissue structures
  • Body and gait assessment
  • Signs of ill health  
  • Common musculo-skeletal conditions
  • Neck theory and practical
  • Hamstrings theory and practical
  • Sacrum theory and practical
  • Sequence use

Levels 1 and 2 are very suitable for professionals, non-professionals and dog owners. Those students who wish to continue their training towards a Therapist qualification will be required to complete Levels 3 and 4 including case studies submission. They will also need to have completed Modules 1 & 2 of the ISBT Human Bowen Therapy course (or equivalent) to obtain their Therapist certificate and practising insurance. ISBT Canine Therapists will be required to have a good understanding of Human Bowen Therapy.

Level 3 course curriculum:

  • Revision of Level 2
  • Advanced gait and lameness
  • Breed specific musculo-skeletal conditions
  • TMJ (Jaw) & Lymph
  • Carpals/Metacarpals
  • Obliques
  • TFL/Knee
  • Adductors
  • Advanced neck techniques
  • Case studies sharing and feedback  

Level 4 course curriculum:

  • Revision of Level 3
  • Advanced canine palpation and assessment
  • Therapist level rehabilitation and repair
  • Therapist level safety and handling
  • Insurance
  • Professional code of conduct
  • Case studies sharing and feedback
  • Written exam
  • Practical exam
Course Dates

Australia 2021

ISBT-Equine Bowen Therapy 
Course Venue: Kandanga, Queensland

Equine Level 1 –  April 17/18
Equine Level 2 –  September 18/19
Equine Level 3 –  To be confirmed 
Equine Level 4 –  2022 TBC

ISBT-Equine Bowen Therapy
Course Venue: Officer Sth, Victoria

Equine Level 1 – March 27/28
Equine Level 2 – July 3/4
Equine Level 3 – October 2/3 
Equine Level 4 – 2022 TBC 

ISBT-Canine Bowen Therapy 
Course Venue: Gympie, Queensland

Canine Level 1 – August 7/8                                                                                                                   Canine Level 2 – To be confirmed                                                                                                                    Canine Level 3 – November 27/28                                                                                                            Canine Level 4 – May 2022 TBC 

ISBT-Canine Bowen Therapy 
Course Venue: East Malvern, Melbourne, Vic

Canine Level 1 – February 27/28
Canine Level 2 – July 24/25
Canine Level 3 – October 9/10  
Canine Level 4 – April 2022 TBC

New Zealand 2020

ISBT-Equine Bowen Therapy
Course Venue: Nth Island – Auckland

Equine Level 1 – tbc
Equine Level 2 – tbc
Equine Level 3 – tbc
Equine Level 4 – tbc

For all Australian and New Zealand course information contact Lisa at 

isbt@bigpond.com

Hong Kong 2020

For canine course information contact:

irene@bowen-therapy.hk
www.bowen-therapy.hk

Portugal 2020

ISBT-Equine Bowen Therapy 
Course Venue: Algarve, Portugal

Equine Level 1 – to be confirmed
Equine Level 2 – to be confirmed

ISBT-Canine Bowen Therapy 
Course Venue: Algarve, Portugal

Equine Level 1 – to be confirmed
Equine Level 2 – to be confirmed

For all Portugal equine and canine course information contact Lisa at 

isbt@bigpond.com

Germany 2020

For Canine course information contact:
Nicole Stein
nicole.stein@animal-college.de
www.isbt-deutschland.de

For Equine course information contact: 
Boris Kriegel
boris.kriegel@koeln.de oder Handy: 0173-269 11 81
www.isbt-deutschland.de

Switzerland 2020

For Equine and canine course information contact: 
Boris Kriegel
boris.kriegel@koeln.de oder Handy: 0173-269 11 81
www.isbt-deutschland.de