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Clinical Skills for the Rehabilitation Therapist

Take your assessment and treatment planning to the next level with the second of four modules in the CCRT certification program!

Course Description

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


This three (3) day course builds upon the foundational anatomy and physical rehabilitation skills students gained in module one and adds the following abilities:

  • Advanced clinical patient assessment
  • Goal-setting
  • Treatment planning
  • Treatment application
  • Outcome measurement

A particular focus is identifying orthopedic and neurologic conditions and building an effective therapeutic patient plan. Practical applications of joint mobilization, modalities, therapeutic exercise, and neurorehabilitation are covered. Students get hands-on experience with dogs on-site as they learn how to perform a comprehensive exam and apply rehabilitation techniques.

Students should review the anatomy notes from their Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course to succeed in this course.

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.

Be aware that you will need to watch pre-course materials for BOTH classes prior to attending the course. Plan your time wisely!

Prerequisites:

This course is open to veterinarians and physical therapists who have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. Veterinarians and physical therapists who 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. To benefit most from these courses, we recommend that veterinarians and physical therapists certified by programs other than CRI take Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation before taking Clinical Skills. Veterinary and physical therapy students may take Clinical Skills after completing Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and their second year of veterinary or physical therapy school.

Online Pre-course Videos: 13 hours

All students will have 13 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: 3

RACE Approved for 49 Credit hours by the AAVSB

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:

$3,349 - 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 13 hours of online coursework must be completed before attending the in-person course.

2025 Class Dates:

April 11-13, 2025

December 5-7, 2025

Course Instructors:

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

Hillary Greatting, DVM, DACVIM-Neurology, CCRT

Amber Kenney, MPT, MTC, CKTP, CCRT

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

Angie Pace, DPT, MTC, CCRT


Topics Covered:

  • Evaluation of the canine patient
  • Pain recognition and assessment
  • Spinal and extremity joint kinematics and biomechanics
  • Manual therapy
  • Neurologic rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic modalities, including LASER, ultrasound, and electrotherapy
  • Therapeutic exercises for strength, weight-bearing, range of motion, flexibility, and proprioception
  • Setting goals, developing treatment plans, and measuring outcomes
  • Therapeutic Exercise: Modifications & Progressions

Class Times:

Days 1-2: 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Central Time, USA

Day 3: 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.

Registered Students:

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

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

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Clinical Skills for the Rehabilitation Therapist

Jun. 24 – Jun. 26

Velm, Belgium

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Dog elbow joint range of motion measurement
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Clinical Skills for the Rehabilitation Therapist

Jul. 18 – Jul. 20

Brisbane, Australia

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Clinical Skills for the Rehabilitation Therapist

Aug. 12 – Aug. 14

Springfield, Missouri, USA

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