Border collie in flowering tree
In Our April 2021 Issue ...

• A Message from Our CEO, Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR
• Earn Your Acupuncture Certification This Summer!
Register Now for Our July Live/Interactive Business Course!
• Join Us for Canine Sports Medicine in September!
• Register Now for Summer and Fall Courses!
• Congratulations to Indy, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month ... and more!
A Message from Our CEO, Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR.

Spring is finally here, and we are busy making plans for the remainder of the year. We are watching COVID-19 guidelines closely, hoping we can increase class sizes to accommodate the growing number of veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary nurses that want to pursue certification. Our May, June, and July rehabilitation certification courses are all sold out!

Have you been thinking of adding acupuncture to your practice? This could be the perfect time to make that happen. We have added a new set of Acupuncture courses starting in June. You can attend Module 1: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in June, Module 2: Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients in July, and Module 3: Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture in September. These small classes are taught by Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVAA, cVMA, CCRP, CCRT, and her outstanding team. The focus in our program is on how the patient’s neurophysiology reacts to the placement of the needles. There are plenty of demo dogs and cats in the classroom for hands-on learning!

There continues to be a big demand for The Business of Canine Rehabilitation, our online course that includes three live Zoom sessions. We are planning to offer it again in July. If you want to learn how you can successfully incorporate rehabilitation into your practice, go to the CRI website and register now while there are still seats available.

Registration is now open for Canine Sports Medicine, taught by Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR. Chris is widely known for her hands-on seminars covering everything from structure and function to ergogenic drugs impacting performance, gait training techniques, and sport-specific rehabilitation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a world-renowned expert, author, and past president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Canine Sports Medicine will be held September 16-18, 2021, at CVSG in Littleton, Colorado.

Also, a reminder that we have special programs for veterinary students, both in rehabilitation and acupuncture! Check out the special offers included in this newsletter.

Thanks once again to our faculty, staff, and students for the dedication and patience you have all shown over the past year. The days are getting warmer and hope is building that we will soon get back to a life that feels more “normal.” It can’t come too soon! In the meantime, please stay safe.


Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT
Founder and CEO
Earn Your Acupuncture Certification This Summer!   
Our summer acupuncture modules are filling up! Register today to reserve your seat and earn your acupuncture certification before Labor Day!

Veterinary students: You are eligible to enroll in our Acupuncture modules after your first year of veterinary school. Please see our Veterinary Student Certification page for information about our 20% student discount.

Already certified? We offer a "fast track" option for veterinarians who are already certified in acupuncture and wish to continue their hands-on training and education. Please see details below.

"The instructors were amazing! Really invested in us as students and wanted us to succeed. I couldn’t have asked for a better teaching team and fellow group of students. Thank you!"
– Christina McCratic, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT, Crystal Lake, Illinois

Acupuncture modules are held in person in Littleton, Colorado, with small groups and social distancing. Upcoming modules are filling up, so register now to save your seat. Register for our modules with a 2-course package and qualify for a discount!

We are limiting class size to 10 students to allow for social distancing and will notify registrants of any changes at least 30 days prior to the start of each module. If you have already started acupuncture certification, please contact us so we may help you register for the remaining modules and finish your certification as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist!

Veterinarians: If you are already certified in acupuncture, be sure to check out our accelerated program for more hands-on training and increased knowledge of neurophysiology-based acupuncture. In the accelerated program, students watch the online videos for two of the three modules, and then attend one live module (either Module 2 or 3) for additional hands-on training. For the live module, we strongly recommend students attend Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2). Students must watch the videos from Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) before taking the in-person module.
Remember, save $200 when you register for Acupuncture Modules 1 and 2 or Acupuncture Modules 2 and 3 as a 2-course package.
CRI's Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist Program is recognized by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the U.S. affiliate of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Those enrolled in our program can sign up at as active members. Upon successful completion of the CVAT program, graduates can notify AAVA, and their status will be changed to credentialed members of AAVA.
Modules 1-3 are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours each. Our Acupuncture Program has received rave reviews! Please see our website to learn more.
Register Now for Our July Live/Interactive Business Course!
Set aside time this summer to focus on strengthening and growing your rehabilitation practice in our July live/interactive Business of Canine Rehabilitation course. Register today to reserve your space in this class!

This course will held entirely online with recorded video lectures and three interactive Zoom discussion sessions on July 14, 21, and 28 at 8 pm EDT. The three instructors each have busy, growing rehabilitation practices and bring a diverse set of experiences to the class.

"I loved the format of the course and that we could speak to other CRI grads who have tried many different business models. They were all very helpful. I love that they are willing to talk after the course and share forms they have developed over time so that I don't have to recreate the wheel."
– Lynne Marshall, PT, CEEAA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In this course, students will learn how to write a business plan that fits their finances, space, staff, and client needs. Interactive panel discussions will present strategies for achieving profitability in a canine rehabilitation practice including design, equipment selection, services/fees, operations, staffing and marketing. Please see our Business course page for a course outline, and register today to reserve your seat in this class!
Join Us for Canine Sports Medicine in September!

Want to expand your skills to help your canine patients? Canine sporting events are ramping up, and this is a perfect time to learn how to keep canine athletes at peak performance and treat common injuries. This course will also teach you how to manage reconditioning in all of your rehabilitation patients.

"Chris is amazing and hilarious. She presents in a very relaxed manner which immediately feels less stressful. Chris made me feel like I could actually do this and enjoy the lifelong learning process."
- Eileen Gillen, DVM, CCRT, Santa Ynez, California

Our Canine Sports Medicine course, taught by expert faculty member Dr. Chris Zink, will be held September 16-18 in Littleton, Colorado. This course may be taken by veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses for continuing education or as part of the certification program for veterinary technicians/nurses. Please see the course page to learn more and register.
Students in Clinical Skills class
Register Now for Summer and Fall Courses!
Our summer and fall courses are filling up! We encourage you to register today to reserve your seat.

If you are a veterinarian or physical therapist who has completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, take the next step by registering for our August Clinical Skills class. We will have a Zoom sesson on August 15 and our in-person session on August 21-23 in Littleton, Colorado.

Veterinary technicians/nurses: Don't miss your opportunity to take our August Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module, which is only offered once per year.

We also are offering our Canine Sports Medicine module in September, taught by expert faculty member Dr. Chris Zink. If you are working on your CCRVN or CCRA, or have not had the opportunity to attend this module, register now to guarantee your spot!

Many of our core rehabilitation courses will be held in a hybrid format with Zoom online learning sessions and small, in-person lab sessions.

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register now, or contact us at if you are interested in attending these upcoming courses.

Hybrid and in-person classes:

*Note: We plan to hold full classes starting in August, but this will depend on CDC guidelines and COVID restrictions at that time. If we are not able to hold a full class, we will split the class in half and add a second session. We will update the calendar as soon as dates have been finalized.

Online classes:

Please check our website for the most up-to-date course schedule.

Remember that we also offer discounted 2-course packages for either (1) Clinical Skills plus Clinical Applications or (2) Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse plus Canine Sports Medicine. We also offer discounted 2-course packages for our Acupuncture modules. Please see the 2-Course Packages sections on the Registration page for more details. If you are not sure when you plan to take a course, you may choose the option of a "Future" class. "Future" registrations may be subject to tuition increases. (Learn more.)

If you have previously registered for a "Future" course and wish to attend a class that is now open for registration, be sure to contact CRI and tell us which course you would like to attend. This is the only way to guarantee you have a seat in the course.

Register today, and reserve your seats in these classes!
Register Now to Avoid January 2022 Tuition Increases!

After much consideration, we have decided to increase tuition for our core rehabilitation certification courses starting in January 2022. Students must attend Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and/or the first module in their 2-course package in 2021 to continue with 2021 pricing. Students who have registered for "Future" courses must begin courses in 2021 to be eligible for 2021 pricing.

Register for our remaining 2021 courses and avoid the tuition increase! Please contact us at with any questions.
In the Words of Our Students ... 

"I was really thankful that the [Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation] instructors were patient, helpful, and nonjudgmental. They went above and beyond to make sure we learned everything in detail by always being positive about our questions or lack of answers. Everyone seemed to genuinely want us all to succeed and have fun doing it!"
– Emily Hall, DVM, Tulsa, Oklahoma
We've Updated Our Hybrid Course Format for Rehabilitation Courses.

Starting in January, we have changed our hybrid course format to further improve our learning methods for our students. Our new hybrid format is:

Please visit our Course Schedule page for an up-to-date list of upcoming courses. If you are interested in taking a 2021 course, please register or contact us at to join our interest list.
Internship Mentors: Have You Received Our "Mentor Minute" Newsletter?

We have recently sent our "Mentor Minute" newsletter to all current internship mentors. If you are a mentor and did not receive it or if your practice would like to join our internship team, please contact

In light of the current social distancing policies, we want all of our current CCRT- and CCRVN-internship candidates and intern mentors to know that CRI is extending indefinitely our graduates' eligibility to complete an internship. Those who have internships currently scheduled should contact their mentor sites to confirm plans.
All Veterinarians May Now Earn CE Credits Through Our CRI Member Library!
Our CRI Member Library is now open to all veterinarians! During this time when it is difficult to get CE credits due to travel restrictions, the CRI Member Library is a great way to fulfill most states' current continuing education requirements!

For $795, students can have unlimited access for one year to our CRI Member Library! The CRI Member Library includes 60+ hours of RACE-approved online courses taught by our expert faculty - and content continues to grow! Our Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management course has just been updated and is now available again in the CRI Member Library.

Already have a subscription to the CRI Member Library? Renew your annual subscription for a $250 renewal fee! We have added hours of continuing education content this year and will continue to add more online content in early 2021.

All veterinarians can subscribe to the CRI Member Library. Physical therapists and veterinary technicians/nurses that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (including the exam) can subscribe. CCRPs are also welcome to subscribe. Veterinary technicians/nurses need to submit a valid Employment Agreement Letter.
See the CRI Member Library page on our website to learn more and sign up today! Be sure to indicate in the Checkout process that you have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation or are a CCRP.
Expand Your Acupuncture Knowledge With Our CRI Acupuncture Member Library!

Subscriptions are now available to our CRI Acupuncture Member Library, a separate online library just for acupuncture content! For $150, students can have unlimited access for one year to our CRI Acupuncture Member Library with recordings of six acupuncture webinars. Keep expanding your knowledge and skills by learning from our expert faculty!

Please note that the six acupuncture webinars are also included in our main CRI Member LibraryIf you subscribe to the CRI Member Library, you do not need a separate subscription to the CRI Acupuncture Member Library.

The CRI Acupuncture Member Library is available to veterinarians who have completed CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) and veterinarians who have been certified in acupuncture through CRI or another program can subscribe. During the registration process, please be sure you indicate that you have completed Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) or have been certified in acupuncture.
Please see our CRI Acupuncture Member Library page for complete details and a link to subscribe.
Residents: Need to Complete a Research Project?

Are you an intern or resident who needs to complete a research project? Our comprehensive Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course can take you from "How to write a hypothesis" to launching your pilot study.
We are planning to offer this course in 2021. Please contact us to add your name to our interest list. This online course, led by faculty member Dr. Chris Zink, includes 10 live discussions held once a week and is limited to 15 students to allow ample time for interaction.
Visit our website to learn more about our special discount for ACVSMR and VOS residents. Residents: join VOS to get 25% off the tuition!
Our Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course has received great reviews from students!
"I absolutely loved this class. Chris's enthusiasm for research as well as her openness to people who are not in academia as nascent researchers was refreshing. As someone who went directly into practice rather than the internship route, it was very helpful in defining the research process from how to form a solid hypothesis from a germ of an idea all the way to writing the paper. It also provided a basis to read journal articles with a more critical eye. The tips that Chris provided from her years of experience in the research field were invaluable."
- Beth Ellen McNamara, DVM, CCRT, CVMA, CVAT, Harrison, Maine

"I learnt a great deal during this course and look forward to putting it into practice. Thank you."
- Tanya Grantham, BVSc, CVA, CCRP, CCBW, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
"Wonderful course - I learned so much."
- Sheradan Pate, DVM, CVA, CCRT, Pismo Beach, Hawaii
During the course, students receive a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting, covering the entire process from concept to publication.
Please contact us at to add your name to our interest list for this class.
Our Online Therapeutic Handling Course Is Open to Everyone!

Did you know that one of our newer online courses - Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation - is open to everyone? This course has been getting great reviews from students.

"I thought this was very helpful course! It was packed with reminders for cueing into your patient, and helpful tips for assessing and helping provide enjoyable treatment sessions for the patient! Thank you!"
- Joy Alleman, DVM, CCRT, Watertown, Massachusetts

In this online course, rehabilitation therapists learn to eliminate anxiety and fear so they are better able to localize injuries, address pain, and implement treatment plans. Designed specifically for veterinary rehabilitation professionals, Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation provides information and skills to help prevent anxiety and fear and manage behaviors.

This course is now RACE approved by the AAVSB for 1 credit hour.

This 88-minute course is open to everyone and is taught by Sasha Foster and Ashley Foster. To learn more and register, please see the Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation course page.
We've Updated Our CCRVN / CCRA Curriculum With New Options!

Attention, veterinary technicians and nurses: We have made the decision to update the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) program for veterinary technicians/nurses to provide the best possible education while also minimizing travel costs.
Starting June 1, 2020, the three modules for CCRVN / CCRA certification will be:

Things to know about the updated CCRVN / CCRA program:

Please see the CCRVN page on the website for complete details.
CRI Faculty To Present at Upcoming Conferences.

CRI faculty members are looking forward to presenting at these upcoming conferences.
May 5-8
At the Virtual ESVOT Congress on May 5-8, Ellen Martens and Janet Van Dyke will present on “The Physiotherapist’s Approach to Canine Orthopedic Disorders.”
July 6-27
Patsy Mich will present a webinar series on "Veterinary Splinting, Orthotics, and Prosthetics" from July 6-27 for OnlinePetHealth.
July 9-11
Sasha Foster will be the Keynote Speaker for the Virtual ANZCVS Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Science Week lecture series, being held July 9-11. Learn more.
July 29-August 2
At the AVMA Convention July 29-August 2 in Minneapolis and also available online, Sasha Foster and Janet Van Dyke will be presenting on “Making Rehabilitation the Profit Center in Your Practice.”
October 9
Janet Van Dyke will present on "The Business of Canine Rehabilitation" at the ACVS Surgery Summit on October 9 in Chicago.
If you are attending these conferences, please be sure to join us for these presentations and say hello!
The VIRTUAL VOS Conference Offers CE Credits Through June 30.
Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI founder and CEO, helped organize the Veterinary Orthopedic Society's first-ever VIRTUAL VOS conference, held in March. All the live, interactive content has been recorded and will be available along with additional on-demand scientific content through June 30, 2021. Take advantage of this great content, and earn up to 19.5 RACE-approved CE credits. Visit the VOS website to register and learn more.
Join the Newest Chapter of ANZCVS — Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

We are pleased to announce the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists' newest chapter: Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Veterinarians are encouraged to join this new chapter where membership can be pursued (via examination) in either Canine or Equine tracks.

CRI's founder and CEO Janet Van Dyke, DVM, ACVSMR, MANZCVS, CCRT, serves as secretary of the chapter. Yoko Clinch, BSc BVMS (Hons), MANZCVS, CCRT, is the president, and Jane McNae, BVSc, MACVSc (Surg), MRCVS, PG Cert (Med Ed), FHEA, CCRT, is the sponsor liaison.

The chapter will hold its inaugural lecture track at this year’s ANZCVS Science Week, and CRI veteran faculty member Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT, has been selected to be the keynote address presenter.

For more information, please visit the Chapter's website.
Submit Your Pain Case Study to IVAPM.

Share your pearls of wisdom! The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) invites you to submit a pain-case-of-the-month to Trends magazine. Reports can be short (~1,000 words), photos are encouraged, and you get $200! For more information, contact Dr. Mike Petty at
Research Update from Canine Home Exercises

Veterinary-Prescribed Physical Activity Promotes Walking in Healthy Dogs and People.
The Study: This study evaluated the physical activity of healthy humans when their dogs were prescribed an eight-week walking program. Fifty-nine dogs were randomized into two groups. One group wore an activity monitoring device that measured physical activity but was not visible to the owners. The other group wore a device that measured physical activity and was visible in real-time to the owners.

Study Limitations: The short length of the study limited the ability to capture biometrics that change over longer periods of time.

Impact on Clinical Practice: Both groups showed a significant improvement in physical activity over the eight-week walking program. In the humans, the frequency of hypertension decreased over the eight weeks. Other health indicators including human body-mass-index and canine body-condition-scores decreased but were not statistically significant. There were no biometric differences between the two groups.
For canine rehabilitation, the use of activity measuring devices may improve home exercise program compliance. In addition, prescribing exercises for canine patients may have positive health effects for the human owner.
Canine Home Exercises Are an Integral Component of Any Rehabilitation Plan. We Make It Easy.
Innovative technologies and expert design for an all-in-one solution, Canine Home Exercises (CHE) allows you to build home exercise programs in seconds. With beautifully designed instructional videos, the CHE program is e-mailed to clients while tracking tools and insightful analytics allow you to monitor progress or trouble shoot challenges from any computer.
See why CCRTs choose Canine Home Exercises today.
Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT
Evidence-Based Resources at Your Fingertips - From Canine Arthritis Resources & Education.

CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE). Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions you will see in your practice, with at least 1 in 5 dogs developing the disease in their lifetime. As the leading cause of chronic pain, OA can have a significant impact on the quality of life for your patients, and for your clients who are caring for dogs in pain.
While OA isn't curable, the earlier you can identify and manage it, the better impact you can have on your patients' quality of life. With CARE, you'll find tools, resources, and evidence-based information to help aid you in your practice.
CARE was founded by CRI faculty member Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, as a central resource to answer the most common questions about OA that she encounters from colleagues around the world. The website covers everything from diagnosing developmental orthopedic diseases to nutrition and weight loss, rehabilitation, pain management, lifestyle modifications, and more. There are resources to share with clients, as well as extensive, evidence-based content for dog owners to help them manage their dog's OA at home. Visit the CARE website to learn more.
Check Out Additional Online Courses from OnlinePetHealth.

OnlinePetHealth is offering a wide variety of online courses, many taught by CRI graduates.

To learn more: watch a free webinar or visit the OnlinePetHealth website.
PT Students: You Can Now Register for Rehabilitation Certification Courses Before Completing Your Degree.

Attention, physical therapists and PT students! You can now register for CRI courses during your final year in PT school and start your certification as a canine rehabilitation therapist as soon as you have graduated and are licensed! We will NO LONGER require that you graduate before registering for courses. This will allow you to achieve your dream of working with animals much sooner!
Physical therapy students can register for any courses that licensed physical therapists can take, but you cannot start the courses until you graduate and are licensed. To become certified as a CCRT, you must complete the three required courses plus a 40-hour internship. In addition, you must have completed one year of clinical experience in human physical therapy after receiving your PT license.
Have questions? Contact us at We are very excited to continue helping more and more PTs along this exciting journey! 
Veterinary Students: Have You Heard About the Changes to Our Rehabilitation and Acupuncture Certification Programs?
We know that veterinary students that graduate with certifications in veterinary rehabilitation and/or acupuncture have more to offer a potential employer. But finances and school schedules can make this additional training very challenging. With this in mind, CRI has made adjustments to our rehabilitation and acupuncture certification programs just for veterinary students.

Certification in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRT): Students can start their training by taking Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation any time after their first year. They can then take the second module, Clinical Skills, any time after their second year. After their third year, they can take the last module, Clinical Applications, followed by a 40-hour internship. Certification will be awarded when the students obtain their veterinary licenses.

Certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (CVAT): Students can start their training by taking Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture any time after their first year. They can then take the second module, Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients any time after their second year, and the last module, Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture, any time after their third year. Certification will be awarded when the students obtain their veterinary licenses.

We encourage veterinary students to take advantage of the 20% discount off the tuition we are currently offering. We are also in discussions with our sponsor companies to develop tuition assistance programs.

For complete details, please see our Veterinary Student Certification page or contact us at
Please Support The Tayla Fund.

CRI is pleased to announce the creation of The Tayla Fund, in memory of Tayla, a long-time favorite demo dog and the beloved companion of Janessa Shine, an O.R. nurse at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.

Donations to The Tayla Fund are tax-deductible and will be used to pay for rehabilitation at Coral Springs Animal Hospital for clients who cannot afford it.

During this challenging time when many people are facing temporary unemployment, it is even more important to be generous and help us support those in need.

Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI's founder and CEO, made the first donation to launch The Tayla Fund.

To make a tax-deductible donation, use the button below to donate to Coral Springs Animal Hospital's charitable fund through the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund. Please be sure to select Coral Springs Animal Hospital as the recipient and specify "The Tayla Fund" in the Donor Name(s) for Public Recognition section of the donation form.
Tayla was the December 2018 recipient of the Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Award. During her long career with CRI, she helped train hundreds of veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary nurses/technicians.
Congratulations to Our March and April Acupuncture Students and Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation Students!

In late March and April, we hosted two groups of students for Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) and Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2) at Colorado Veterinary Specialty Group's new facility in Littleton, Colorado. Special congratulations to one student who has now completed all the acupuncture modules and become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist!

In April, we also held two in-person sessions of our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module. All students followed social distancing guidelines, except when taking quick class photos.

Congratulations to all these students for working on certification in acupuncture and canine rehabilitation. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Acupuncture Module 1 class photo March 2021
Students, faculty, and demo dogs pose for a photo during the March 26-28 class of Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) in Littleton, Colorado.
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class photo April 10, 2021
Students, faculty, and demo dogs attended the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation in-person session on April 9-12 in Littleton, Colorado.
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class photo April 16, 2021
Students, faculty, and demo dogs posed for a class photo during the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation in-person session on April 16-19 in Littleton, Colorado.
Acupuncture Module 2 class photo April 2021
Students, faculty and one demo dog pause for a photo during the April 23-25 class of Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2) in Littleton, Colorado. Congratulations to our newest Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist!
Discount on CE Courses Available for VOS and AARV Members, and CRI Graduates.
CRI is offering a 10% discount on most continuing education courses to members of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS) and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV), as well as CRI graduates (CCRTs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs).
Please visit our Continuing Education page for a list of eligible courses and our FAQ page for more details. Note that continuing education courses do not include core rehabilitation or acupuncture courses taken for certification.
We've Added a Third Hotel Option for Littleton, Colorado!

CRI has arranged discounted rates at three hotels near Colorado Veterinary Specialty Group in Littleton, Colorado, where we are holding many of our in-person courses. We are pleased to offer the Element Denver Park Meadows as a third option for our students. Please check our Littleton, Colorado Travel page for more details about each hotel and reservation links!
The Element Denver Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colorado, is offering studio suites for $79-84 per night plus tax, subject to availability. The Element Hotel is an all-suite Silver LEED-certified hotel with fully equipped kitchens and many rooms with mountain views. Pets are welcome with a $50 pet fee. The Element provides complimentary breakfast, parking, and high speed internet, as well as free access to an indoor saline pool, fitness center, and business center.
Element Denver Park Meadows
The Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colorado, is offering a standard guest room for $89 and up per night plus tax, subject to availability. The Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows provides a complimentary daily hotel shuttle to and from Colorado Veterinary Specialty Group (currently paused due to COVID). The hotel also offers free access to an indoor pool and fitness center.
Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows
The Residence Inn Denver Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is offering a studio or 1-bedroom suite for $79 per night plus tax, subject to availability. The Residence Inn Denver Highlands Ranch provides complimentary on-site parking and complimentary breakfast. Pets are welcome, and the hotel has a fitness center on-site.
Residence Inn Denver Highlands Ranch
Congratulations to Indy, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month!
Indy the April Breezie Demo Dog award winner
Our April Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Indy, an almost 7-year-old pit/husky/great Pyrenees/lab mix that Lauren Sandren adopted as a puppy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lauren says, "He is an extremely good boy, except when he decides to be bad, and he has used approximately 11 out of his 9 lives. Despite his apparent comfort with near death experiences, he’s one of the happiest dogs out there. His first several years of life were spent coming to work with me at a pet supply store and soliciting attention from customers."

Now Indy lives the life of a “retired sport dog” because he gets to show up to his sister’s practices and just have fun rather than actually train. His favorite things in life are eating, sleeping, and running as far away from you as he can, and beating people into tears with his tail. 

Indy is an exceptionally good boy and loves nothing more than to love you – and also your treats!

In recognition of this honor, Indy will receive a $50 gift certificate from Jiminy's good for any of their treats or dog food. Congratulations, Indy, and enjoy your yummy Jiminy's treats!
Indy diving into pool
The Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Award is given in memory of Breezie, who was the lead demo dog for our Coral Springs courses for more than 9 years and helped to educate more than 800 veterinary and physical therapy professionals. She was such a great demo dog that our faculty would beg to have her in their small group sessions. Breezie's favorite holiday was Halloween when she was always the best dressed dog in Coral Springs!
Stay Connected With CRI on Facebook!

Are you following CRI on Facebook? Be sure to stay connected for the most up-to-date news and photos from our courses. Tag your friends and colleagues and share our posts to spread the word about veterinary rehabilitation!
Have You Looked at CRI's Online Job Postings?  

If you are considering a new position in canine rehabilitation, be sure to check out the Jobs page on the CRI website, which has numerous listings. Recent postings include openings for rehabilitation veterinarians, physical therapists, and technicians/nurses in Michigan, California, Ontario, Colorado, British Columbia, Illinois, New York, Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

If you have a job opening that you would like to publicize, please use our online Job Posting Form to submit your listing.
Be Careful With Protected Terms Such as "Physical Therapy" and "Veterinary Medicine."

CRI students and graduates, please remember that you may only use protected terms such as "physical therapy" and "veterinary medicine" in your advertising materials if you are licensed in these fields. We discuss protected terms during Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, and we hope everyone continues to remember and follow the recommendations provided.
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CRI Graduates: Is Your Contact Information Still Correct?

If you are a CRI graduate, please check your listing in the Find a Therapist online directory and make sure the contact information is correct. If you have any updates, please email Joyce Rudzitis, CRI's chief operating officer.
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse - Coral Springs, Florida

Coral Springs Animal Hospital located in Coral Springs, Florida, is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN or CCRA) to join our growing Physical Rehabilitation Department in our newly designed space. Knowledge and experience in sedation and anesthesia are required to monitor patients for MRI, CTs, radiographs and minor procedures. Experience handling exotics and wildlife is preferred, but not required. We offer the following modalities: laser therapy, TUS, shockwave therapy, PEMF, cryotherapy, manual therapy, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, full equipment for therapeutic exercises, land treadmill, and underwater treadmill.
Education and Experience Recommended: CVT, LVT, RVT, CCRVN or CCRA
To Apply: Please email CV to For more information about the practice, visit Please read the complete job posting for full details.
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Don't forget that CCRTs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs are eligible for a 10% discount on most CRI Continuing Education Courses!
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