“Of the three major commitments I've made to post-grad certifications, the CRI course is undoubtedly the best organized and most conducive to learning. The course will be highly relevant to my daily practice. I'm stoked to see how much more effective I'll be at helping my patients enjoy life."
–Carla Wilkie, DVM, CVA, CVC, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

“CRI gave me the skills I needed to apply my human physical therapy experience to our canine rehabilitation practice. The classroom lectures combined with hands-on labs were invaluable."
–Amy Kramer, PT, DPT, CCRT, Santa Monica, California


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We appreciate the patience and flexibility our students have shown as we work to provide the best education in rehabilitation and acupuncture during this challenging time. For more information on each module, please visit their respective pages here: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills, Clinical Applications, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. Please know we are available by email at [email protected] should you have questions or concerns, or want to know more about our classes in the future. Please continue to check our Newsletters and News page for the latest updates.

Welcome to Canine Rehabilitation Institute!

Canine Rehabilitation Institute, LLC provides veterinary and physical therapy professionals with top-notch training in canine rehabilitation and acupuncture. Classes are small and learning is hands-on with dogs on site providing real-life lessons in anatomy and biomechanics. Our instructors are recognized leaders in their fields — and they love to teach. They have also managed busy referral practices so they understand the business as well as the science of canine rehabilitation.

Watch this brief video to learn more about Canine Rehabilitation Institute and canine rehabilitation.

Certification Programs and Continuing Education Courses
We offer two certification programs in rehabilitation: Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) for veterinarians and physical therapists, and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) for veterinary technicians/nurses. 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) if they are working under the direction of a rehabilitation-certified veterinarian or physical therapist. 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. Since CRI was founded in 2002, we have certified more than 1,500 students from 30 countries.

CRI also offers a certification program in acupuncture: Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist for licensed veterinarians. This comprehensive acupuncture training program consists of two required modules and one elective, taught entirely from a neurophysiological, scientific basis with generous input from the scientific literature.

Starting in March 2023, we plan to hold most U.S. rehabilitation courses at CRI's new home in Springfield, Missouri. Our Acupuncture certification modules will remain in Colorado in 2023, then move to Springfield, Missouri in 2024. We have taught in countries around the world including Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom. We also offer a variety of continuing education opportunities year-round. Check out the CRI course schedule for upcoming courses.

Want a more in-depth look at canine rehabilitation? Watch our expanded video and learn more.



News & Events

» CRI Announces Permanent Home in Springfield, Missouri
Starting March 2023, CRI will hold most rehabilitation modules at its new home in Springfield, Missouri. Please read more.

» CRI Announces Ownership Transition
Join us in welcoming Dr. Kara and Dwight Amstutz to their new leadership roles. Please read more.

» Veterinary Practice News
Veterinary Practice News interviewed CRI founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke for its article "Rehabilitation Therapy: A Client-Driven Field."

» Donate to The Tayla Fund
Make a tax-deductible donation to The Tayla Fund to pay for rehabilitation at Coral Springs Animal Hospital for clients who cannot afford it.

» Job Postings
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» New Graduates
Congratulations to our recent graduates.