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Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse
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» March 18-20, 2024
Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse,
Springfield, Missouri, $2,939.

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Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse, $2,939.


Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse combines independent study and an in-person 3-day session.

Note: The name of this class has been changed from Canine Rehabilitation Assistant to Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse.

Faculty: Mamie Whitman, PT, CCRT, Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT, Laura Southworth, CVT, CCRP, Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT

Prerequisites: This 3-day course is open to veterinary technicians/nurses that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. Non-credentialed veterinary assistants must submit a Letter of Recommendation from their supervising veterinarian.

Course Description: Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse provides students with a fundamental understanding of functional canine anatomy, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, hydrotherapy and massage. The basics of neurological rehabilitation are also introduced. Participants get hands-on experience with dogs on site. Outcome measurement, documentation, patient education, and legal and ethical issues related to canine rehabilitation are also covered.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB.

Please note: Students who do not attend a full day of class will not receive any CE credit hours for that day and may have to return to make up the missing hours.

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Course Fee: $2,939

Course Location: CRI Headquarters, 2137 S. Eastgate Avenue, Springfield, MO 65809

 Topics Covered Include:

  • Muscles and muscle groups as they apply to function in the canine rehabilitation patient
  • Application of therapeutic modalities including LASER, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cold and heat
  • Animal handling techniques and safety
  • Assessment and recognition of pain
  • Recognizing Red Flags that require reassessment by the CCRT
  • Performing and progressing therapeutic exercise programs for strength, weight-bearing, range of motion, flexibility, proprioception and stabilization
  • Assisting in a basic canine orthopedic neurological evaluation
  • Rehabilitation-specific documentation
  • Client education including basic therapeutic exercises, stretches, massage strokes, and the application of superficial hot and cold modalities
  • Proper use and maintenance of therapeutic modalities and hydrotherapy equipment
  • Legal and ethical issues

Note: Bring your Intro lab book with anatomy notes and color photos with you to the Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse course.

Class Details: Class will be held each day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time at CRI's Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. There is a 1-hour break for lunch. Registered students: Please watch for specific emails about each class as there may be occasional minor changes to class times.

At the end of DAY 3, students are given an open-book, take-home final exam that they have 14 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.