Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT)
Certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (CVAT)
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Technician/Nurse (CCRVT/CCRVN)
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA)
Veterinary graduates who want to improve their diagnostic skills, offer new treatment options to their patients, and provide additional income streams to their practice are the perfect candidates for the CCRT and CVAT certifications.
These certifications will give you confidence with your hands-on patient assessment and empower you to offer a more complete treatment plan for your patients. Have you ever been frustrated with a thoracic limb lameness case that has normal radiographs? We understand, and we can help!
As a caring and compassionate healthcare provider, licensed physical therapists can offer valuable assistance to veterinary patients. They possess exceptional hands-on skills to provide unparalleled care to pets. At CRI, we strive to empower therapists with the knowledge and confidence they need to work closely with veterinarians and provide their skills for the betterment of patients.
Veterinary Technicians, Nurses, and Assistants are the backbone of a veterinary practice. This could not be more true for rehabilitation practices. The CCRVT, CCRVN, and CCRA certified professional plays an integral role in busy rehabilitation practices. Your certification will improve your functional anatomy knowledge, soft tissue therapy techniques, physical modalities application, and therapeutic exercise implementation. You will be an indispensable part of the rehabilitation team!
We are happy to invite veterinary and physical therapy students into our program! Many students have an interest in expanding their knowledge in the fields of rehabilitation and acupuncture well before graduation. Unfortunately, not all veterinary schools offer rehabilitation.
Students are welcome to start their certification process after completing their first school year. Credentials will be awarded upon graduation. Certification will set you apart in the job market because you can offer specialized skills to a potential practice.
We recognize the valuable input other Allied Health Professionals can bring to the veterinary rehabilitation community. In an attempt to increase the reach of veterinary rehabilitation to local communities, we believe they can play an important role in helping patients get the care they need. We will allow the following Licensed Allied Health Professionals to go through our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) program:
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Occupational Therapist
- Occupational Therapist Assistant
- Athletic Trainer
To register for the CCRA program, you must have a Letter of Recommendation stating you have at least one year of work experience in a veterinary hospital and are currently working under the direct supervision of a Rehabilitation Certified Veterinarian.
The student is responsible for investigating their local state practice acts to verify their ability to treat veterinary patients.
Our courses typically sell out 6-8 months in advance, so don't delay in registering for your class of choice!
Completing our certification provides many benefits. It can give you a competitive advantage, improve efficiency, increase earning potential, expand your knowledge and skills, and enhance your professional credibility.
Four modules are required for certification.
Our rehabilitation certification consists of four modules. The first three modules comprise pre-course online videos and practical in-person, hands-on learning.
All students begin in the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course. Then, DVMs and PTs finish up with Clinical Skills and Clinical Applications. While Technicians, Nurses, and Assistants take Concepts for the Veterinary Rehabilitation Team and Canine Therapeutic Exercise as their final two courses.
All students finish their certification journey with the fourth and final module, the 40-hour internship.
Two trips for your education.
The first course, Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, is a four-day, in-person course.
The following two courses, whether you are a vet, physical therapist, veterinary technician, or assistant, are scheduled back to back. Combined, they total five days in class.
The schedule is made this way to reduce the number of days away from your home and practice, reduce travel costs, and make your certification pathway more efficient.
Some students would rather space their courses out more to allow for a slower pace. That is fine too! We know there are several ways to reach your goals, and we want to support you in this endeavor.
CCRVT is Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Technician
CCRVN is Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Technicians have a variety of credentials in the United States (RVT, LVT, CVT, AHT, and LVMT). This can be confusing because there is no single term for all credentialed Veterinary Technicians.
In recent years, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) launched a campaign to rename Veterinary Technicians as Veterinary Nurses. However, this initiative received pushback from the Registered Nurse community because they believe the title is protected and should only be used in human medicine. As a result, the use of Veterinary Nurses in America is ambiguous.
However, the title Veterinary Nurse is utilized internationally and even protected in some countries.
It is our position that certifications represent our graduates as accurately as possible. Therefore, upon completing your four modules, we will allow you to mark the most accurate title for your location and practice.
CCRA is Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant
Veterinary Assistants that have not completed formal training from a recognized educational institution will earn the title of CCRA. In order to be eligible to go through the program, a CCRA candidate must have 1 year of experience working in a veterinary hospital or rehabilitation practice and submit a current Letter of Recommendation from their supervising rehabilitation certified veterinarian or physical therapist.
There are three in-person modules for the Acupuncture certification (CVAT), each lasting 4 days.
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