“I so admire the ease with which the PTs transferred, hopefully with some measure of success, their vast knowledge to our eager hands and brains. Every one of them was incredibly patient with us, our occasional hypoglycemic brain fog notwithstanding. It's obvious they're ALL passionate about what they do; I'm hoping I can live up to their high standards for animal care."
–Carla Wilkie, DVM, CVA, CVC, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
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Please read the full details about the updated CCRT program at left.

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. We have converted our core curriculum courses to hybrid versions so students can continue to learn and complete their certification even with all of the restrictions posed by the pandemic. For more information on each module, please visit their respective pages here: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills, Clinical Applications, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing. 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.

Canine Rehabilitation Therapist Certification is offered to veterinarians and physical therapists.

CCRT candidates learn:

  • Canine anatomy and physiology
  • Conditions and injuries commonly referred for rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy assessment techniques
  • Manual therapy
  • Physical modalities and therapeutic exercise
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • The business of canine rehabilitation

We have updated the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) program for veterinarians and physical therapists as of January 1, 2020.

Our three modules for CCRT certification are:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. The content of this module will remain essentially the same. Topics will include canine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Common orthopedic and neurological conditions will be discussed. Topics will include manual therapies, physical modalities, and therapeutic exercise. This is a 5-day course.
  • Module 2: Clinical Skills. This course was formerly called Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Students will be introduced to clinical assessment, goal setting, treatment planning, and outcome measurement from a physical therapy perspective. Practical applications of joint mobilization, modalities, and therapeutic exercise will be covered. Canine neuro rehabilitation will be introduced. This is a 5-day course.
  • Module 3: Clinical Applications. This is a hands-on course where students will be able to practice their evaluation skills, create assessments, and present treatment plans for all types of canine rehabilitation cases. Differential diagnoses will be addressed in case-based discussions. Topics will include evaluation of orthopedic and neurologic impairments, gait patterns and lameness, and pain management. This is a 3-day course.
  • Internship: A 40-hour internship remains a requirement for CCRT certification.

Things to know about the updated CCRT program:

  • The three modules must be taken in order.
  • Students that start the CCRT program at U.S. locations before January 1, 2020, have the option to take Canine Sports Medicine as their third module. After that date, Clinical Applications will be required. Students that start the CCRT program at international locations before January 1, 2021, have the option to take Canine Sports Medicine as their third module. After that date Clinical Applications will be required.
  • We plan to offer Canine Sports Medicine at least twice a year. We encourage students that are interested in this area to take the course as CE.
  • The cost of CCRT certification will remain the same.

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 CCRT 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. Students do not need to complete Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation to register for other courses.

What is the cost of the CCRT program?

The cost of CCRT certification will remain the same under our new program. The total course fee for courses in the CCRT program currently is:

Total Course Fee   $7,550

Please note:

  • Veterinary students are permitted to enroll in CRI courses. As of October 2019, CRI has made adjustments to our rehabilitation and acupuncture certification programs just for veterinary students. Note that when registering, veterinary students will need to submit proof of enrollment in veterinary school in lieu of proof of licensure. For CCRT certification, students can start their training by taking Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation any time after their first year. They can then take the second module, Clinical Skills, any time after their second year. After their third year, they can take the last module, Clinical Applications, followed by a 40-hour internship. Certification will be awarded when the students obtain their veterinary licenses.
  • Physical therapy students can register for any courses that licensed physical therapists can take, but they canít start the courses until after they graduate and are licensed. Physical therapists must complete one year of clinical experience after receiving their license to be certified by CRI.
  • Students may save $150 by registering for Clinical Skills and Clinical Applications 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.

Updated January 19, 2021.