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.
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?
Sorry, but we accept only Veterinary
Technicians that have graduated from an approved
Veterinary Technician program. We also require
proof of licensure, registration, or certification
in the state where the applicant is employed.
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, Veterinary Technicians and
Physical Therapist Assistants 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 am a Physical Therapist licensed
in another country. Can I enroll in your program?
we accept Veterinarians, Physical Therapists, Veterinary
Technicians, and Physical Therapist Assistants
from other countries if they submit proof of licensure,
registration, or certification in the country where
they are employed.
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 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
Yes, all students take Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation as the first of the
After that, Veterinarians
and Physical Therapists take The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Canine
Sports Medicine. Canine Sports Medicine may be taken before or after
The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. (More information about our curriculum
changes may be found on our CCRT
and Physical Therapist Assistants take The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and Canine
Canine Sports Medicine may be taken before or
after The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant.
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 I have to pay the full tuition at
the time I register for a course?
Registration requires a deposit of $500* per selectionwith
the balance due 60 days before the start of each
course. If you register for a 2-course package,
the balance due for both courses in the package
will be charged 60 days before the start of the
first course. (For example, if you register for
a 2-course package that has a fee of $2,900, we
will charge a $500 deposit when you register and
the remaining $2,400 balance 60 days before the
first course begins.) If you put your deposit on
a credit card, we will charge the same card for
the balance due.
*For courses starting after January 1, 2015, the
deposit amounts vary. Most core courses require
a deposit of $1,000. Balances will be due 90 days
before the start of the course. Please see our Cancellation
Policy page for more
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 $500
deposit is required, just as
it is with all other registrants. (For
courses starting after January 1, 2015,
deposit amounts vary. 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
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
2015 courses. Our
past cancellation policy still applies for courses held during 2014. Please
read our Cancellation
Policy page for complete details on both of these cancellation policies.
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
You will receive a syllabus and suggested
reading list in your Welcome Email. We supply laboratory notebooks with lined pages for taking notes. You
will be invited to log in to Dropbox to obtain
PDFs of all of the PowerPoint presentations that
will be shown in class, so you can print any notes
that you want prior to arriving at class. In addition,
you will be invited to access the online programming
component of the class approximately 30 days prior
to the start of class. We highly recommend that
students set aside sufficient time to review all
of this material prior to arriving at class. We
also suggest that you bring sunscreen and a hat
as many of our labs are outdoors.
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