“I was so pleased to see how much [the instructor] wanted the techs to learn. I feel that she has given us all the tools to work to our full potential."
–Karyn Carlson, VT,
Tucson, Arizona
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant
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» Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

» The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant

» Canine Sports Medicine

The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant Certification is offered to Veterinary Technicians and Physical Therapist Assistants.

CCRA candidates learn:

  • Canine anatomy and physiology
  • Conditions and injuries commonly referred for rehabilitation
  • Physical modalities: application, contraindications and equipment maintenance
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Client education

The CCRA curriculum includes three courses: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, and Canine Sports Medicine.

All students take Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation as the first class in the series. Students may take either Canine Sports Medicine or The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant as the second class, and then take the remaining class as their third class.

Because many of our core certification courses sell out months in advance, we recommend that students register for all their core certification courses as soon as they know their schedules. Courses must be taken in a specified order, but students do not need to complete Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation to register for other courses.

An open-book, take-home final exam is given at the end of each class. Students have 30 days to complete each exam, and collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.

Once CCRA candidates have taken the three courses required for certification and successfully completed all exams, they participate in a 40-hour internship* at a CRI-approved practice through the CRI Internship Program. We believe that an internship provides “real life” experience — an integral part of the training of the best practitioners.

*Internships started after January 1, 2012, will be forty hours — the same requirement as for CCRTs.