How will the
2015 curriculum changes affect current CRI students?
We wanted to share some additional information to help clarify the changes to our Certified
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist curriculum for 2015. These changes apply only to veterinarians and physical therapists that are working on CCRT certification. The Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant curriculum will remain unchanged.
If you have successfully completed only the Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation module before the end
of 2014, you will be required to:
View online the
eight hours covering neurological rehabilitation
that have been added to the 2015 Introduction to
Canine Rehabilitation module.
Attend the 2015 Canine
Rehabilitation Therapist module, which now includes a full day
of neurological rehabilitation.
Attend the 2015 Canine
Sports Medicine module.
Take the exams for the 2015 Canine Rehabilitation
Therapist module and the 2015 Canine Sports
Complete a 40-hour internship.
you have successfully completed both the Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation and The Canine Rehabilitation
Therapist modules before the end of 2014, you will
be required to:
View online the eight hours covering
neurological rehabilitation that have been added
to the 2015 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
Attend the Canine Sports Medicine module and take the exam for this course.
Complete a 40-hour internship.
We strongly advise that students
who have missed out on the practical application
of neurological rehabilitation training
plan to spend at least some of their
internship hours in a practice with a high neurological
caseload. CRI can assist students with finding
We are working very hard to make
sure that this transition happens smoothly for all
of our students.
What Is the
recommended time frame for completing a CRI certification
being asked this question as it pertains to the new
2015 curriculum so we wanted to take this opportunity
to review our guidelines. CRI has always encouraged
students to not let any more than six months go by
between modules. We understand that work and life
schedules can make this challenging, however we
have witnessed the difficulties that students have
faced when more than six months have passed. The
material is hard to recall if it has not been used
and practiced consistently, causing challenges
for the student and faculty, and leading to delays
that impact everyone in the class. If you encounter
a scheduling issue that keeps you from taking a
module within the six-month time frame, we will
encourage you to attend the prior module again,
at no charge. We will do everything that we can
to accommodate your needs to prevent your having
to retake classes, but we urge all students to
complete their classroom work on time.
What is the cost of the CCRT
or CCRA certification program?
As of January 1, 2016, the total course fee for courses in the CCRT
As of January 1, 2016, the total course fee for courses in the CCRA program is:
CCRT students may save $150 by registering for The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Canine
Sports Medicine as a 2-course package. CCRA students may save $150 by
registering for The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and Canine
Sports Medicine as a 2-course package. Select a 2-course
package on the course pages or the Online
Registration page to take advantage
of this discount.
The total course fee does not include fees that may be charged by internship
sites. Those fees are paid by students directly to the sponsoring practices.
The total course fee does not include costs that students may incur
accommodations and meals.
I am a veterinarian. How
do I enroll my veterinary technician in the
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant program?
There must be a veterinarian or physical
therapist in your practice that has been certified
in canine rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation
Institute, Inc. or the Northeast Seminars program or you
and your veterinary technician can attend together.
You must also submit an Employer
with your technician’s application.
I work as a veterinary technician
but I have not received any formal training.
May I attend CRI courses?
Veterinary technicians registering for CRI courses must have successfully completed an approved veterinary technician program. Proof of licensure, registration, or certification in the state where the applicant is employed is required. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis and will require that the applicant submit a letter of recommendation from their supervising veterinarian or physical therapist indicating that he/she is prepared for the rigors of the program. See Letter
of Recommendation Guidelines.
I am a physical therapist assistant. Can I be certified in canine rehabilitation therapy?
PTAs that are employed by a veterinary practice where there is a veterinarian certified in canine rehabilitation can register for the Canine
Rehabilitation Assistant certification program.
I am an occupational therapist.
Can I be certified in canine rehabilitation?
therapists are not
able to be certified, but you may attend a number
of CRI courses including Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine
Occupational therapists are not required to take
final exams or submit case studies or final projects.
They receive certificates of completion for all
I am a licensed massage therapist (or
sports physiologist or personal trainer) with
years of experience working with dogs. May
I enroll in your program?
Sorry, but only licensed veterinarians,
physical therapists, and veterinary technicians
are eligible to enroll in our certification programs
and take our continuing education courses. Occupational
may enroll in some CRI courses (see previous question).
I treat human patients
(for example, a medical doctor, nurse, chiropractor).
May I enroll in your certification program?
No. Only licensed veterinarians, physical therapists,
and veterinary technicians are eligible.
I am a physical therapist
licensed in another country. Can I enroll in
we accept veterinarians, physical therapists,
and veterinary technicians from other countries
if they submit proof of licensure, registration,
or certification in the country where they are
I am a fourth-year veterinary student. May I attend CRI courses?
Yes, fourth-year veterinary students are permitted to enroll in our courses. You will need to submit proof of your enrollment in your fourth-year of veterinary school in lieu of proof of licensure. Please note, however, that you cannot receive your certification from CRI until you graduate from veterinary school and are licensed to practice.
I see that fourth-year
veterinary students can take CCRT courses,
and I was wondering if the same is also true
for students in doctorate programs in physical
We advise all PT students to get at least one year of clinical experience post graduation before trying to learn about a new species.
I completed courses at the Northeast
Seminars program. Can I apply this work towards
Sorry, but in order to be
certified by the CRI you need to attend all three
of the required courses. If you are a graduate
of the Northeast Seminars program, you are welcome
to attend any of our courses as continuing education.
I am a physical therapist
and it is my understanding that I cannot practice
on animals in the state where I live. Is this
Every state has a Veterinary Practice Act
and a Physical Therapy Act. Some states are more
lenient than others when it comes to physical therapists
working with animals. We advise all of our students
to familiarize themselves with both practice acts
in their states.
Why are some veterinary
technicians listed as CCRAs and others as
When CRI was established in 2002, CCRT was used to designate both Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapists (vets and physical therapists) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Technicians (vet techs and physical therapist assistants). To eliminate this confusion, we changed the CCRTech designation to Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) in 2005.
Do I have to complete the three courses
required for certification in any particular
Physical therapists and veterinary technicians
to Canine Rehabilitation as their first course.
Veterinarians can start their certification program
to Canine Rehabilitation or Canine
Do I have to complete
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation before
I may register for other courses?
No, you do not have to complete Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation before you
register for other courses. Many of our subsequent
core certification courses (The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, and Canine
Sports Medicine) sell out months in advance,
so we recommend that students register for all
their core certification courses as soon as they
know their schedules. Some courses must be taken
in a specified order, but you may register for
the courses in advance. Please see our CCRT and CCRA pages
for more information.
Do all courses have to be taken at a single location?
You can take all courses at one location or split the courses between locations - whatever works out best for you and your schedule. We have even had some of our American students travel abroad to attend CRI courses!
Can the 40-hour internship be done at any time during the certification program?
No. All three of the required courses must be completed
successfully and the exams passed before an internship
can be started.
Do I have to pay the full tuition at
the time I register for a course?
It depends on the course. We require a $1,000 deposit
for core courses (Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation,
The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, The Canine
Rehabilitation Assistant, and Canine Sports Medicine).
Our discounted 2-course packages also have a deposit
of $1,000 per 2-course package. The balance due
will be charged 90 days prior to the start of the
first course. For our continuing education courses
(for example, Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation),
students pay the entire course fee at the time
of registration, since course fees are usually
$300-600 per course. If Canine Sports Medicine
is taken as a stand-alone course (not part of a
2-course package), the entire course fee is due
at the time of registration.
If I register for a 2-course package,
is the balance of the tuition due 90 days before the first course, or
is a portion due 90 days before the first course and the rest due 90 days
before the second course?
The entire tuition balance is due 90 days prior to
Day 1 of the first course.
The course I want to take
is sold out. How do I sign up for a waiting
We maintain waiting lists for sold-out courses
if we think some seats may open up in the future.
If you are on a waiting list, the more flexible
you can be at the last minute, the greater your
chances of obtaining a seat.
- In order
to be added to a waiting list, a
deposit is required, just as
it is with all other registrants. Most
core courses require a deposit of $1,000.
- Once you are on a waiting list for a course,
you are guaranteed a seat in the next available
offering of this course.
may place your name on only one waiting list
at a time.
- If you are on a waiting list and the course
is a prerequisite for other courses, you must
schedule your other courses to be taken after
the date of the course in which you are guaranteed
- We do not accept advance registrations or hold seats for upcoming courses that are not open for registration.
- There is a limited number of names we can have on any one waiting list.
If you'd like to be added to the waiting list
for a sold-out course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate
the waiting list you wish to join. We
will follow up to get more information and explain
the online registration and deposit procedure.
And remember ... the best way to avoid a waiting
list is to register early!
What is your cancellation policy?
Please note that
we have a new cancellation policy that applies to
courses starting after January 1, 2015. Please
read our Cancellation
and Payment Policies for complete details.
Do you offer any kind of financial
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial
aid at this time.
What do I need to do to prepare for
We will email you a course syllabus and suggested
reading list as part of your Welcome Packet. There
will be PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations for
each course available in Dropbox so registered
students can print any notes they would like to
bring to class. Students enrolled in Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation are required to successfully
complete the online course prep work for the course.
This will be made available apporoximatley 30
days before the first day of class.
Can I bring my dog to class?
Dogs are welcome at most classes.
We encourage students
to bring dogs that get along well with other
dogs. There are parks nearby all of our classroom
locations. Please contact us if you
plan to bring your dog.
Where can I find information regarding
transportation, directions and lodging?
See our Travel
Arrangements pages for information about airports,
ground transportation, and special hotel
rates available for CRI students. Please note:
Do not make non-refundable travel arrangements
until your registration has been confirmed.
Residents of my country
are required to have a visa to travel to the
United States. I would like to take a course
at CRI this summer before I start my fourth
year of veterinary school. Can you help me
get a student visa?
no. CRI is not certified by the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security as an educational institution
that can enroll nonimmigrant students. After
you have graduated, you may be eligible to travel
to the U.S. to take a CRI course on a Business
Visitor Visa (B-1). You would need to check with
the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country
for details. For up-to-date information, go to
the U.S. State Department website at