“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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Starting January 1, 2020:

» Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation

» Clinical Skills

» Clinical Applications

Please read the full details about the updated CCRT program at left.

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

After carefully considering feedback we have received from our faculty, graduates, internship mentors, and leaders in the field, we have made the decision to update the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) program for veterinarians and physical therapists.

Starting January 1, 2020, the three modules for CCRT certification will be:

  • 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 is currently 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 new 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. Sttudents 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:

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 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 June 15, 2019