“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 January 1, 2022:

» Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse

» Canine Sports Medicine (elective)


» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation,
The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient, and
Feline Rehabilitation and Pain Management (elective)

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

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» Employment Agreement Letter (PDF)

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) if they are working under the direction of a rehabilitation-certified veterinarian or physical therapist. 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

After carefully considering feedback we have received from our faculty, graduates, internship mentors, and leaders in the field, we have made the decision to update the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) program for veterinary technicians/nurses.

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

Things to know about the updated CCRVN / CCRA program:

Note: Before registering for each module, veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an Employment Agreement Letter indicating that there is a veterinarian or physical therapist either certified in canine rehabilitation working in their practice or registered for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

An open-book, take-home final exam is given at the end of each in-person module. Students have 30 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?

For 2022, the total course fee for modules in the CCRVN / CCRA program varies from $6,630 to $7,335 depending on the Module 3 elective.

As of January 1, 2022, our course fees will be:

Canine Sports Medicine ($1,850 less $350 CCRVN discount)   1,500
Total Course Fee   $7,335


CRI Member Library
(includes access to Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation, The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient, and Feline Rehabilitation and Pain Management)
Total Course Fee   $6,630

Please note: Students may receive a discount by registering for Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse and Canine Sports Medicine as a 2-course package. Select a 2-course package on the course pages or the 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.