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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:

  1. View online the eight hours covering neurological rehabilitation that have been added to the 2015 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module.

  2. Attend the 2015 Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module, which now includes a full day of neurological rehabilitation.

  3. Attend the 2015 Canine Sports Medicine module.

  4. Take the exams for the 2015 Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module and the 2015 Canine Sports Medicine module.

  5. Complete a 40-hour internship.

If 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:

  1. View online the eight hours covering neurological rehabilitation that have been added to the 2015 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module.

  2. Attend the Canine Sports Medicine module and take the exam for this course.

  3. Complete a 40-hour internship.

  4. 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 such practices.

We are working very hard to make sure that this transition happens smoothly for all of our students. The most efficient way to make this happen is for eligible veterinarians and physical therapists to take Canine Neurological Rehabilitation in 2014. We encourage you to register now while this course is still available.

What Is the recommended time frame for completing a CRI certification program?
We are 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 Agreement Letter 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?
Unfortunately, Occupational Therapists are not able to be certified, but you may attend a number of CRI courses including Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Sports Medicine. Occupational Therapists are not required to take final exams or submit case studies or final projects. They receive certificates of completion for all courses completed.

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 Therapists also may enroll in some CRI courses (see previous question).

I am a Physical Therapist licensed in another country. Can I enroll in your program?
Yes, 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 CRI certification?
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 true?
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 CCRTechs?
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 order?
Yes, some courses must be taken in a particular order. All students begin by taking Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation together.

Veterinarians and Physical Therapists take Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, then Canine Neurological Rehabilitation. The courses must be taken in this order. (Note: We have recently made changes to our CCRT curriculum. Starting in 2015, the CCRT courses will be Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Canine Sports Medicine. More information may be found on our CCRT page.)

Veterinary Technicians and Physical Therapist Assistants take Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and Canine Sports Medicine. Students may take Canine Sports Medicine as the second course in the series.

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, Canine Neurological Rehabilitation, 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 details.

The course I want to take is sold out. How do I sign up for a waiting list?
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.

Please note:

  • 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.
  • You 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 a seat.

If you'd like to be added to the waiting list for a sold-out course, please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com 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 aid?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial aid at this time.

What do I need to do to prepare for a course?
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?
Unfortunately, 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 www.travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.