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Clinical Applications for the Rehabilitation Therapist

Prepare yourself for a career in rehabilitation therapy by learning how to integrate all the necessary components and apply them to your patients.

Course Description

This course is the third of four modules for the CCRT certification.

This hands-on course allows students to practice their evaluation skills, create assessments, and present treatment plans for all types of canine rehabilitation cases. Differential diagnoses will be addressed in case-based discussions. Topics will include evaluation of orthopedic and neurologic impairments, pain recognition and assessment, gait patterns and lameness, and pain management.

Please note that we have made some changes to the course schedule. The third module, i.e., Clinical Applications for the Rehabilitation Therapist, can now be taken right after completing Clinical Skills. This will reduce the total number of trips required for certification. You have the option to take both modules consecutively or split them up according to your personal learning preferences.


Prerequisites:

This course is open to veterinarians and physical therapists who have taken Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Clinical Skills. Veterinarians and physical therapists who have taken Clinical Skills and are certified in canine rehabilitation by VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), CuraCore (CRPM), or Northeast Seminars (CCAT), and veterinarians who have earned their DACVSMR and are practicing canine rehabilitation are eligible to take this course. Veterinary and physical therapy students may take Clinical Applications after completing Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills, and their third year of veterinary or physical therapy school.

Online Pre-course Videos: 4 hours

All students will have 4 hours of pre-course online work to complete before the in-person session. We will send you instructions for accessing the recourse work approximately 60 days before the start of class.

Please note: All videos must be viewed to receive full CE credit for this course portion.

Days in Class: 2

RACE Approved for 24 Credit hours by the AAVSB

Note: Starting in April 2024, the last day of class ends early to allow students the opportunity to return home that evening. Do not make airline reservations that require you to depart class before 3:00 P.M.


Additional Course Information

Course Fee:

$1,989 - Springfield, Missouri

Course Notes: Sixty days before the start of the in-person class, registrants will receive access to the pre-course videos that must be viewed before the in-person class. Approximately 4 hours of online coursework must be completed before attending the in-person course. If you are taking Clinical Skills and Clinical Applications back to back, you will be responsible for watching pre-course videos for BOTH courses.


2025 Class Dates:

April 14-15, 2025

December 8-9, 2025


Course Instructors

Kara Amstutz, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT

Amber Kenney, MPT, MTC, CKTP, CCRT

Patsy Mich, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVAA, DACVSMR, CCRT

Elizabeth Williams, DVM, CVA, CCRT


Topics Covered:

  • Clinical Neurorehabilitation
  • Prognostic Indicators of Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Assistive Device Indications, Fitting, and Troubleshooting
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Orthopedic vs. Neurologic Gait patterns and lameness
  • Dry needling, acupuncture, stem cells, and joint injections
  • Setting goals, developing treatment plans, and measuring outcomes
  • Case Evaluations
  • Internship Readiness Assessment

Class Times:

Day 1: 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Central Time, USA

Day 2: 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Central Time, USA

Note: The last day of class ends early to allow students the opportunity to return home that evening. Do not make airline reservations that require you to depart class before 3:00 P.M.


Examination:

At the end of the course, students are given a take-home, open-book final exam that they have 14 days to complete. Collaboration with classmates is encouraged.

Registered Students:

Please watch for specific emails about each class, as there may be occasional minor changes to class times.

Important! Please do not use corporate email accounts for registration, as the emails often go to spam. Use a personal email address to ensure delivery of your important emails!

FAQs

Our goal is to help you excel in your learning process and in your future career as a Rehabilitation Therapist. Please read over commonly asked questions!

Course Dates

Dog STM
  • CCRT

Clinical Applications for the Rehabilitation Therapist

Jun. 27 – Jun. 28

Velm, Belgium

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Dog STM
  • CCRT
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Clinical Applications for the Rehabilitation Therapist

Jul. 21 – Jul. 22

Brisbane, Australia

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Dog STM
  • CCRT

Clinical Applications for the Rehabilitation Therapist

Aug. 15 – Aug. 16

Springfield, Missouri, USA

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