You do not need to complete a module before registering for the next one. Our core certification courses often sell out months in advance, so we recommend that students register for all their core certification courses as soon as they know their schedules.
Each Rehabilitation certification has three in-person classes followed by the internship. The courses must be taken in the following order:
CCRT (DVMs, PTs)
- Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
- Clinical Skills for the Rehabilitation Therapist
- Clinical Applications for the Rehabilitation Therapist
CCRVT/CCRVN/CCRA (veterinary technicians, nurses, assistants)
- Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
- Concepts for the Rehabilitation Team
- Canine Therapeutic Exercise
The Acupuncture Certification (CVAT - DVMs only) also must be taken in order:
- Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
- Acupuncture for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture
We require a 50% deposit (non-refundable) to register for the course. Ninety days before the start of class, the other 50% will be collected. The credit card you use to pay your deposit will be used to process the remaining balance. Please get in touch with us if you need to change the payment option.
Note! Please do not make non-refundable travel plans until you receive a confirmation email from CRI for the course you registered for.
We require the following items to be uploaded at the time of registration:
- Current Photo
- Current Professional License (veterinarians, physical therapists, licensed veterinary technicians, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistant, athletic trainer)
- Letter of recommendation if you are a non-licensed veterinary assistant
Occasionally, a credit card transaction will be declined by your bank because of the amount of the charge or the location it is coming from. Please follow these tips to prepare to pay your deposit and balance when registering for a class:
- Verify that your credit limit is set to accept the payment amount in US dollars
- Notify your issuing bank that an international transaction is coming from Canine Rehabilitation Institute
Wire transfers are an acceptable payment method; however, they are costly, and the details are cumbersome. CRI's wire transfer fee will add $75 to your tuition balance. Furthermore, your bank will most likely add a wire transfer fee.
Our rehabilitation certification programs have many online hours, but to become proficient at canine rehabilitation, you need to learn hands-on techniques in the classroom and lab with our instructors. We understand it's a financial and time investment to travel for these hands-on skills, but the trade-off is feeling confident in your abilities, and your clients and patients will appreciate your exemplary care.
Yes, under these very specific conditions:
1. You must have one year of experience working in a veterinary hospital or clinic
2. You must be currently be working in a hospital under the guidance of a Certified Rehabilitation Veterinarian
3. You must submit a Letter of Recommendation from the Certified Rehabilitation Veterinarian, who will need to provide verification of one year of veterinary experience.
Non-credentialed veterinary assistants with one year of veterinary assistant experience are eligible for the CCRA certification.
- Occupational therapists
- Physical Therapy Assistants
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Athletic Trainers
CRI is the Premier Hands-on learning Rehabilitation and Acupuncture Certification and Continuing Education Source
Everyone has their reasons for choosing their path of learning. We feel the following things make CRI shine!
- Hands-on, Practical Learning (we offer 2-3 times MORE hands-on learning than the other programs)
- World Class Educators
- Small Class Size
- Professional Collaboration
- Evidence-based, Up to date education
- Live Dog Professors
- Year-Round Education
- Multiple Certifications
- Continuing Education
- Community Focused
- Dedicated facility just for CRI students
Our program boasts a track record of high performance spanning over 20 years.
Canine Rehabilitation Institute is a RACE CE provider, and all courses have been approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).
Additionally, our Acupuncture program is approved by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA).
Do you mean...Are there direct flights to Springfield, Missouri?
Yes! Springfield, Missouri, is located right in the middle of the US. We have direct flights from Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Houston, and Dallas. You will likely have a layover if you live closer to one of the coasts. This is also true for International students. We promise it will be worth the extra flight once you get settled in!
Simply put, the new owners of CRI, Dwight and Kara Amstutz, their children, and extended family call Springfield home.
CRI offers courses year-round, and for many months, we have multiple classes. The move to Missouri was made for CRI to be a sustainable business and work with the Amstutz family life. This transition has allowed CRI a permanent location designed to meet our student's needs, a steady stream of volunteer Dog Professors, improved student experience with our complimentary shuttle service, and much more. Many of our students who visited our previous location have commented on how much of an improvement CRI's Headquarters are!
Make sure to read over all the information you receive via email closely to know what to expect with each class when it comes to:
- Pre-course videos
- Time in-class
- Homework to do before class
Our biggest advice is to KNOW anatomy before coming! In addition to watching your videos, you'll need to learn the muscle chart. Students who take the time to learn anatomy before coming to class enjoy learning new information compared to the students who might feel overwhelmed if they didn't prepare ahead.
Please wear comfortable clothing. Also, bring a light jacket as the classroom tends to be cooler than the lab rooms.
You will be breaking out into small lab groups and will be down on the floor with dogs. You will get dog fur on you!
In classes where we use cadavers and sharp devices (The OA symposium, Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound), we suggest you wear scrubs and closed-toe shoes.
To reduce waste, we leave the decision to print course slides up to you. You are given access to the slides to be presented in class via Thinkific or Dropbox Links.
Some students download slides and write annotations on the slides, while others come with the materials printed and organized in a binder. After over 20 years of providing these courses, we have found this to be the best route to avoid excess waste and expense.