About us


The Vluggen Institute of Equine Osteopathy and Education is dedicated to creating exemplary equine osteopaths in art, knowledge, capability and expertise, with the integrity to the horse, the horse community and the equine osteopathy in mind, through the highest intensive education possible.

It is our goal / mission to promote and educate the Equine Osteopathy as an independent profession, with verifiable high levelled standards and scientific foundation, formulated and regulated by the International Association of Equine Osteopaths (IAEO®) and the International Register of Equine Osteopaths (IREO®), to the horse community worldwide, complementary and in conjunction with veterinary medicine, to provide the equine professional with more options and insights to benefit the health of the horse.

On the 22nd of November 2011, in an official meeting with the representatives of the IAEO (The International Association of Equine Osteopaths) and the IREO® (The International Registry for Equine Osteopaths), the code of ethics, the competency profile and the standards for equine osteopaths and educational institutions were submitted and approved by a majority of the members present.
Following this approval the Vluggen Institute handed over all the rights to the IREO® (International Registry for Equine Osteopaths) for the registered trademark Equine osteopath EDO®.
Upon completion of the full courses and exams, standing before an international committee of veterinarians and equine osteopaths, the graduate receives a certificate of completion.
The graduate can choose to submit this certificate to the International Registry of Equine Osteopaths to obtain an ID number and be granted the use of the registered trademark Equine Osteopath EDO®.