“The best CE course (Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation) I have ever taken. All instructors were amazing, easy to approach, and they answered the questions well. I have been trying to decide how I want to proceed in my career, and this course has helped fuel my passion for veterinary medicine in general but now I've found a field I can see myself loving for years to come."
–Amy, DVM

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Winchester, Virginia
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May I take the CRI certification program online? That would be much easier for me.
Though we have many hours of online component to our program, the skills needed to become proficient at canine rehabilitation (diagnostics as well as therapeutics) require that you spend time learning the hands-on techniques in the classroom and lab with our instructors.

Do you offer a fast track option? That would be much easier for me.
No, we do not. We have learned through our experience in the past 15 years teaching this program that all students, after about 5 days of class, reach a point at which their ability to assimilate more information has diminished. We also feel that it is most effective to take new skills learned in a 5-day on-site class and apply them in the clinic for several weeks before returning to learn more. This time between classes helps the student to better recognize those skills that still require additional training. Returning to the next module allows the student to hone these skills while advancing his or her education.

What is the recommended time frame for completing a CRI certification program?
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, 2017, the total course fee for courses in the CCRT program is:

  $2,900
  2,900
Canine Sports Medicine   1,600
Total Course Fee   $7,400

As of January 1, 2017, the total course fee for courses in the CCRA program is:

  $2,900
  2,650
Canine Sports Medicine   1,600
Total Course Fee   $7,150

Please note:
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 for travel, 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 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?
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?
Physical therapist assistants are not eligible for certification.

I am an occupational therapist. Can I be certified in canine rehabilitation?
Occupational therapists are not eligible for certification.

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?
Only licensed veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians are eligible for certification.

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 your program?
Yes, 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 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 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 therapy.
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 CRI certification?
In order to be certified by 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). 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?
No. Veterinarians can start their certification program with either Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation or Canine Sports Medicine.

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.

When can I get the list of approved sites for my internship?
We will send you the information and forms you need to do your internship when you have successfully completed the coursework and exams required for all three modules. This will include the instructions needed to access to the list of current CRI-approved internship sites.

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 list?
We maintain waiting lists for sold-out courses if we think some seats may open 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. For information about our waiting list policy, go to our Waiting List Policy page.

What is your cancellation policy?
Please read our Cancellation and Payment Policies for complete details.

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 be able to download a syllabus and reading list at the time of registration. About 30 days before the start of class, you will be sent instructions for accessing any required pre-course assignments.

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. We require that all dogs be current with vaccinations, including rabies, distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, CIV and leptospirosis, and have had a negative fecal test within 6 months. 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.

My hard drive crashed, and I lost all the electronic files from a CRI course I took. Can you send me copies of previous course materials?
Unfortunately, we are not able to do that. Our faculty members frequently update their electronic files, so we are not able to provide copies of previous course materials. Please back up your CRI files and all other important files so you will be protected in the event of a computer malfunction.

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.