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Canine Rehabilitation Institute offers two certifications in rehabilitation — both AAVSB R.A.C.E. approved. Canine Rehabilitation Therapist certification (CCRT) is for veterinarians and physical therapists. Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse certification (CCRVN) is for veterinary technicians/nurses.

Due to the pandemic, all modules leading to certification have been hybridized, allowing all didactic learning to take place in live/interactive online sessions followed by small group (maximum 10 students) live hands-on lab sessions. The live sessions are completed following strict COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC. All registrations for live labs will be honored to the best of our abilities, however cancellations or postponements may occur if CDC guidelines require this.

Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) — For Veterinarians and Physical Therapists
Starting January 1, 2020, our updated program includes the following three modules: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills (formerly Canine Rehabilitation Therapist), and Clinical Applications. In addition, students are required to do a 40-hour internship at a CRI-approved site. Please visit the CCRT page to read more about our updated program.

Veterinary students are permitted to enroll in CRI courses. Physical therapy students can register for any courses that licensed physical therapists can take, but they canít start the courses until after they graduate and are licensed. Please see the CCRT curriculum page for complete details.

CCRT curriculum covers:

  • Canine anatomy and physiology
  • Conditions and injuries commonly referred for rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy assessment techniques
  • Manual therapy
  • Physical modalities and therapeutic exercise
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • The business of canine rehabilitation

Learn more about the CCRT curriculum.

Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) — For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses
The program includes three modules: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse, and Canine Sports Medicine. In addition, students are required to do a 40-hour internship at a CRI-approved site.

Note: 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 curriculum covers:

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

Learn more about the CCRVN curriculum.