“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 Assistant
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» Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

» Canine Sports Medicine

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

CCRT curriculum includes three modules: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, and Canine Sports Medicine. Canine Sports Medicine may be taken before or after Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

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

What is the cost of the CCRT program?

The total course fee for courses in the CCRT program currently is:

Canine Sports Medicine   1,750
Total Course Fee   $7,550

Please note:

Physical therapists must have one year of clinical experience post-graduation with human patients before enrolling in this course to help them better apply their knowledge to a new species.

Students may save $150 by registering for Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Canine Sports Medicine 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.