“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 Veterinary Nurse
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Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse Certification is offered to 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.

CCRVN candidates learn:

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

CCRVN curriculum includes three modules: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing, and Canine Sports Medicine.

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

Veterinary technicians/nurses must submit an Employment Agreement Letter indicating that there is a veterinarian or physical therapist either certified in canine rehabilitation working in their practice or registered for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

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

Once CCRVN 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.

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.

What is the cost of the CCRVN program?

The total course fee for courses in the CCRVN program currently is:

Canine Sports Medicine   1,750
Total Course Fee   $7,300

Please note:

Students may save $150 by registering for Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing and Canine Sports Medicine as a 2-course package. Select a 2-course package on the course pages or the Registration page to take advantage of this discount.

The total course fee does not include fees that may be charged by internship sites. Those fees are paid by students directly to the sponsoring practices.

The total course fee does not include costs that students may incur for travel, accommodations and meals.