“I was so pleased to see how much [the instructor] wanted the techs to learn. I feel that she has given us all the tools to work to our full potential."
–Karyn Carlson, VT,
Tucson, Arizona
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse
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Starting November 1, 2022:

» Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse

» Canine Therapeutic Exercise

Please read the full details about the updated CCRVN / CCRA program at left.

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We appreciate the patience and flexibility our students have shown as we work to provide the best education in rehabilitation and acupuncture during this challenging time. For more information on each module, please visit their respective pages here: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills, Clinical Applications, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. Please know we are available by email at [email protected] should you have questions or concerns, or want to know more about our classes in the future. Please continue to check our Newsletters and News page for the latest updates.

Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse and Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Assistant Certification is offered to veterinary technicians/nurses.

Veterinary technicians/nurses with credentials including CVT, LVT, RVT, AHT or those who have completed a two-year veterinary technology program will be certified as Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurses (CCRVN). Veterinary technicians/nurses without formal credentials will be certified as Canine Rehabilitation Assistants (CCRA). If the applicant is not a credentialed veterinary technician, a Letter of Recommendation will be required following the guidelines specified in the course application.

CCRVN / CCRA candidates learn:

  • Canine anatomy and physiology
  • Conditions and injuries commonly referred for rehabilitation
  • Physical modalities: application, contraindications and equipment maintenance
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Client education

We have decided to update the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) program for veterinary technicians/nurses.

Starting November 1, 2022, the modules for CCRVN / CCRA certification will be:

Things to know about the updated CCRVN / CCRA program:

  • All students must complete Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (including labs and exam) as the first module in the series before starting other modules.
  • Students may take either Module 2: Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse or Module 3: Canine Therapeutic Exercise as the next module in the program.
  • Students must complete all three of their certification modules within a 3-year time frame. Otherwise, they will need to retake their second course (Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse for veterinary technicians/nurses/assistants) to refresh their knowledge and skills before moving on to their internship.
  • CRI recommends that you complete your internship requirement within 6 months after your third module. It is required that you complete your internship within 2 years.
  • Certification must be completed in a 5-year time frame.

If you have a question about your certification program, please reach out to [email protected].

Additional Notes:
Non-credentialed veterinary assistants must submit a Letter of Recommendation from their supervising veterinarian.

An open-book, take-home final exam is given at the end of each in-person module. Students have 14 days to complete each exam, and collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged. Online modules also have exams included with the coursework.

Once CCRVN / CCRA candidates have taken the courses required for certification and successfully completed all exams, they participate in a 40-hour internship at a CRI-approved practice through the CRI Internship Program. We believe that an internship provides “real life” experience — an integral part of the training of the best practitioners.

Because many of our core certification modules sell out months in advance, we recommend that students register for all their core certification modules as soon as they know their schedules. Modules must be taken in a specified order, but students do not need to complete Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation to register for other modules.

What is the cost of the CCRVN / CCRA program?

Beginning January 1, 2024, the total course fee for courses in the CCRVN / CCRA program will be:

Canine Therapeutic Exercise   1,989
Total Course Fee   $8,277

Please note: 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.

Updated July 26, 2023.