About Us

Animal Osteopathy UK

(The clinical branch of Animal Osteopathy International)

This is the official site for Dustie Houchin & Eleanor Andrews, Osteopaths and International Lecturers

Dustie has been an osteopath for over 20 years and treating animals for more than 17. Her main affinity over the years was natural horsemanship and western disciplines, where she focused a lot of her time, until 2013 when she entered into education and management. She still treats dogs and horses but mainly upon special request – for animals that require a little extra time and compassion.

Today, Dustie is the Programme Leader for the Foundation Courses in Animal Osteopathy & the new Integrated Course in Animal Osteopathy/Manual Therapy at the European School of Osteopathy, Kent. She also designed the MSc in Animal Osteopathy, which was validated by The University of Greenwich in 2014 with its first students graduating in July 2018. As a lecturer, Dustie currently teaches osteopathy and animal osteopathy in Poland, Vienna, Denmark and the UK. She is also an assessor for the Quality Assurance Agency.

Dustie is the Chair and Founder Member of the Association of Animal Osteopaths (AAO) & a Founder & Council Member of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP)

Eleanor graduated from the ESO and studied Animal Osteopathy under Stuart McGregor. Since then Eleanor has worked on both humans and animals in Hampshire, Bucks and Kent. She uses a variety of treatment techniques to help improve the freedom of movement and general well being in animals (which includes but is not limited to horses, dogs and cats). Her field of expertise is in horses, working with the owners on any post treatment programmes which include exercises and rehabilitation as required.  Alongside associate work and her own business, she holds a PGCert in Higher Education and is senior lecturer on the MSc in Animal Osteopathy, lectures internationally and both lectures and assists at the ESO on the MOst programme.

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 attaining BHS qualifications.  As a keen member of Pony Club she undertook her exams and competed for her division. 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

Eleanor is the Secretary and Founder Member of the AAO & a Council Member of RAMP

The team’s private human practice is in Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks & they treat animals in Berks, Bucks and Hants.

If you would like your animal treated by Dustie or Eleanor, please email animalosteopathy@icloud.com with your contact details. 

Testimonials from happy owners: 

“I have had the pleasure of working with Eleanor Andrews since 2013. She is the incredible Animal Osteopath, treating our rescue cat who had suffered terrible abuse previously. This abuse had resulted in a suspected pelvic fracture and hip impact. He was referred via Richard Allport (who specialises in natural therapies for pets) to Eleanor with a misaligned pelvis leading to difficulty jumping and pain on touch.  Eleanor has provided Osteopathic treatment on a maintenance basis usually between 6 and 10 weeks using a mix of articulation, mobilisation and involuntary mechanism treatment as appropriate throughout his musculoskeletal system.This, without a shadow of a doubt, has substantially alleviated his pain and improved his mobility and general wellbeing. Eleanor is an expert in her field. She clearly cares about her patients, she listens and is extremely personable communicating across all steps of the treatment process

If you are looking for one of the best Animal Osteopaths who is an absolute expert in their field of work I would have no hesitation in recommending Eleanor Andrews and the quality of treatment and service she provides. On a personal note Elea, we have been lucky to find you. Thank you for your love, care and compassion. You are an absolute professional and expert in your field and we can probably never thank you enough for all you have done and continue to do for our precious boy.” D. Thrift. 

“I must say that having used various practitioners over the years with mixed results I was rather sceptical as to the results Dustie’s treatment could obtain. I was however, pleasantly surprised! Firstly, by the manner in which she freely works with the horses (which is fantastic) and by her actual, and sometimes rather subtle treatment.  Especially with one of my horses whose shape has puzzled many. The results were instantly visible, (actually a really touching experience for me), and a relief for the horse. It’s early days, but I am very excited for the future. My other horse was also instantly improved, in both his shape and movement.  I am truly delighted with Dustie’s work and urge you to let your horse be treated by her, especially when you feel you are at the end of the line with trying, as I was.” J. Randall. Kent. 

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