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Experience and Qualifications

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist Training

  • Equivalent to 123.5 AAVSB RACE continuing education units

  • Completed through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, can only be completed by Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Physical Therapists, or Physical Therapy Assistants.

  • Course instruction included hybrid format didactic coursework (42 hours), in-person labs (72 hours), passing of final examination, completion of a 40 hour hands-on internship, and 120 hours of canine and feline rehabilitation shadowing, which was completed with Certified Rehabilitation Practitioners and Therapists (Veterinarians and Physical Therapists) across Colorado including Walking Paws, Animal Tracks Rehabilitation and Fitness, Animal Care Center of Castle Pines, VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado, and Full Moon Integrative Veterinary Care.

CCRT training includes education in the following topics:

  • Canine anatomy and physiology

  • Conditions and injuries commonly referred for rehabilitation

  • Animal handling techniques and safety

  • Physical therapy assessment techniques

  • Manual therapy

  • Physical modalities and therapeutic exercise

  • Neurological rehabilitation

  • Assessment and recognition of pain

Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • A clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy is a post-graduate degree including 2 years of didactic coursework and 1 year of clinical rotations incorporating inpatient care, orthopedics, neurological conditions and treatment, pediatric physical therapy, and more after completion of a bachelor's degree.

  • A Physical Therapist works under a state-regulated license and completes Continuing Education as required by the state to maintain up-to-date knowledge and credentials.

Animal Physical Therapy License

  • In the state of Colorado, those Physical Therapists wishing to work with animals need to obtain their Animal Physical Therapy License, which involves completion of an accredited program such as the CCRT program through CRI. This also involves the completion of 120 hours of shadowing with another Certified Rehabilitation Therapist or Practitioner.

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