“What an amazing class (Clinical Skills)! Thank you to all of the instructors, TAs, and supportive staff for making this experience so great! My brain is full, and I can't wait to transition from human physical therapy to canine."
–Sunny Rubin, MSPT,
Seattle, Washington
Clinical Skills
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Upcoming Dates

» December 1-3, 2023
Clinical Skills, Springfield, Missouri, $3,300.

» April 15-17, 2024
Clinical Skills, Springfield, Missouri, $3,349.

» Future Class
Clinical Skills, $3,349.


Clinical Skills consists of online coursework and an in-person 3-day session. Please read our Course Notes below.

Clinical Skills is the second of three modules in the CCRT certification program.

Watch our videos for an overview and student testimonials about this course.

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

Prerequisites: This course is open to veterinarians and physical therapists that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation; veterinarians and physical therapists certified in canine rehabilitation by UT/VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), or CuraCore (CRPM); and veterinarians who have earned their DACVSMR and are practicing canine rehabilitation. We recommend that veterinarians and physical therapists certified by programs other than CRI take Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation before taking Clinical Skills to gain the most benefit from these courses. Veterinary and physical therapy students may take Clinical Skills after completing Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and their second year of veterinary or physical therapy school.

Online Coursework: We have streamlined this course to include more online content. This course includes online coursework and in-person labs over 3 classroom days. Approximately 15.5 hours of online coursework. Please note that all videos must be viewed by the first day of class to receive full CE credit for this portion of the course.
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: Canine Rehabilitation Clinical Skills introduces students to clinical assessment, goal-setting, treatment planning and outcome measurement in canine rehabilitation from a physical therapy perspective. This case-based course highlights orthopedic conditions and injuries involving the extremities and the spine. Practical applications of joint mobilization, modalities and therapeutic exercise are covered. Participants get hands-on experience with dogs on site and learn animal handling skills and safety. The business of canine rehabilitation is discussed as well as pertinent legal and ethical issues. This course will also cover canine neurorehabilitation. Students get hands-on experience with dogs on site as they learn how to perform a neurologic exam and apply neurophysiological facilitation techniques. Developing goal-focused treatment plans and assessing outcomes in canine neurorehabilitation patients are also covered.

This course is RACE approved for 49 credit hours 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: $3,300

Course Notes: Sixty days before the start of the in-person class, registrants will receive access to the pre-course videos that must be viewed prior to the in-person class. Approximately 15.5 hours of online coursework must be completed prior to coming to the in-person class.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Evaluation of the canine patient
  • Animal handling techniques and safety
  • Pain recognition and assessment
  • Spinal and extremity joint kinematics and biomechanics
  • Manual therapy
  • Neurologic rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic modalities including LASER, ultrasound, and electrotherapy
  • Therapeutic exercises for strength, weight-bearing, range of motion, flexibility, and proprioception
  • Setting goals, developing treatment plans, and measuring outcomes

Starting March 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 3, students are given an open-book, take-home final exam that they have 14 days to complete. Collaboration with fellow classmates is encouraged.