“This course was excellent. I am a business owner DVM looking to start a separate rehabilitation practice in conjunction with our general practice. I brought my business partner/hospital manager who has no rehabilitation experience. She also found the course excellent, particularly how the business perspective associated with the various permutations of a rehabilitation practice was presented."
– Erin True, DVM
Elk Grove, California

“All the instructors were really great! I loved that each came from a different background, with different practice styles, and from different parts of the country."
– Sofia Brickman, DVM, CCRT, cVMA
Los Angeles, California

“I registered for the business course thinking I might incorporate some rehab into my practice. I left with a business plan for starting a canine rehabiliation center that I fully intend to use."
– Linda Hamilton, DVM,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The Business of Canine Rehabilitation
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Upcoming Dates

» October 11, 18 and 25, 2023
The Business of Canine Rehabilitation, Live/Interactive Online Course. Registration will open soon.


Other Continuing Education Courses

» Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Canine Therapeutic Exercise

» Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

» Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management

» Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

» Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine

» Feline Rehabilitation and Pain Management

» Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Myofascial Techniques for the Rehabilitation Therapist

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation

» Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses


"This class was excellent and gave me the tools I need to start my new rehabilitation practice, as well as practical steps I will be able to take as soon as I get home." –Jennifer Bouthilet, DVM, MBA, CCRT, CVAT, Stillwater, Minnesota

Faculty: Kara L. Amstutz, DVM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CVA, CCRT, Amy Kramer, PT, DPT, CCRT, Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT

Prerequisites: This course is open to all veterinary and physical therapy professionals and practice managers. Veterinary technicians/nurses, including CCRPs, CCRVNs and CCRAs, 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.

Course Description: The Business of Canine Rehabilitation features three instructors, each with busy, growing, successful rehabilitation practices. Students will learn how to write a business plan that fits their finances, space, staff, and client needs. Interactive panel discussions will present strategies for achieving profitability in a canine rehabilitation practice including design, equipment selection, services/fees, operations, staffing and marketing.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 16 credit hours.

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Please note: Students who do not attend all three Zoom sessions will not receive any CE credit hours for the course.

Course Fee: $695. CRI graduates are eligible for a 10% discount.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Business plans
  • Permits and licenses
  • Designing and equipping a rehabilitation practice
  • Veterinary practice software
  • Pricing and inventory management
  • Staffing and human resource management
  • Marketing: social media and traditional
  • Sales techniques for growing business

Online Course Notes: We have updated the format for The Business of Canine Rehabilitation, and it will now consist of three Zoom sessions, each lasting between 90 and 120 minutes. They will take place on March 22, March 29, and April 5, 2023, starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Students will be given access to course videos and materials on Thinkific two weeks before the start of the course.

Here is a brief outline of how the course will work:

  • Preparation for Zoom Session 1
    There will be 5 videos to watch for a total of about 1.75 hours. Topics will include business plans, branding/funding, design/equipment, operations, and inventory.
  • Zoom Session 1 on March 22, 2023
    Students will introduce themselves followed by a group discussion of key points in the pre-course videos.
  • Preparation for Zoom Session 2
    There will be 9 "Staffing and Marketing" videos to watch for a total of about 3.25 hours. Topics will include hiring staff, identifying core values, leadership, and marketing.
  • Zoom Session 2 on March 29, 2023
    Discussion of key points in pre-course videos
  • Preparation for Zoom Session 3
    There will be 4 "Passion to Profit & Metrics" videos to watch for a total of about 3.25 hours. Topics will include sales tips, maximizing efficiency, outcome measurement, and positioning for sale.
  • Zoom Session 3 on April 5, 2023
    - Discussion of key points in pre-course videos
    - Break-out sessions into small groups with faculty members rotating between them