What is the
recommended time frame for completing a CRI certification
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
As of January 1, 2017, 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?
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
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
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
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). 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
No. 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.
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
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?
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
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?
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