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Clinical Applications
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Upcoming Dates

» November 7-8, 2023
Clinical Applications, Springfield, Missouri, $1,940. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required.

» January 10-11, 2024
Clinical Applications, Springfield, Missouri, $1,989.

» April 18-19, 2024
Clinical Applications, Springfield, Missouri, $1,989.

» Future Class
Clinical Applications, $1,989.


Clinical Applications consists of a multi-hour independent study segment followed by 2 days in the classroom. Please read our Course Notes below.

The Clinical Applications module is the third of three modules in the CCRT certification program.

Faculty: Kara L. Amstutz, DVM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CVA, CCRT, Amber Kenney, MPT, MTC, CKTP, CCRT; Patrice M. Mich, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVAA, DACVSMR, CCRT; Angie Pace, DPT, MTC, CCRT

Prerequisites: This course is open to veterinarians and physical therapists that have taken Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Clinical Skills; veterinarians and physical therapists that have taken Clinical Skills and are certified in canine rehabilitation by UT/VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), or CuraCore (CRPM); and veterinarians that have taken Clinical Skills and also earned their DACVSMR and are practicing canine rehabilitation. Veterinary and physical therapy students may take Clinical Applications after completing Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills, and their third year of veterinary or physical therapy school.

Online Coursework: We have streamlined this course to include more online content. This course has 2 classroom days and 16 hours of additional online coursework that must be completed before the first day of class. Please note that all videos must be viewed prior to the first day in class to receive full CE credit for this portion of the class.
Registered students: Please set aside the time you need to do the online coursework before the first day of class. We will email instructions for accessing the online coursework at least 60 days before the class starts.

Course Description: 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, pain recognition and assessment, gait patterns and lameness, and pain management.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 24 credit hours.

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: $1,989

Course Notes: The Clinical Applications module has approximately 16 hours of content provided online via video lectures prior to students attending a 2-day hands-on in-person session.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Assessment and recognition of pain
  • Pain management: pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic
  • How to perform an orthopedic evaluation
  • How to perform a neurological evaluation
  • Gait patterns and lameness
  • Indications and contraindications for neurological treatment techniques
  • Dry needling, acupuncture, stem cells, and joint injections
  • Treatment techniques for upper motor neuron vs. lower motor neuron cases
  • Setting goals, developing treatment plans, and measuring outcomes

Starting May 2023, 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 2, students are given an open-book, take-home final exam that they have 14 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.