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In Our August 2019 Issue ...

Our Next Series of Acupuncture Modules Begins in March 2020!acupuncture    
Veterinarians: Thinking about becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist in 2020? Mark your calendar for Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1), scheduled for March 6-8, 2020 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Registration will open soon. 
CRI Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
Watch our new video about CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture module.
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) provides students with 16 hours of pre-course online videos, which will teach the anatomy of the major points, to include neurological, musculoskeletal, fascial, and lymphatic structures associated with each. The live sessions will teach the basics of needling and electrical stimulation to allow therapists to immediately start treating patients to build their skill base as they progress through more advanced modules, and acquire case logs for upcoming sessions. 
Our Acupuncture Program has received excellent reviews from its inaugural group of graduates!
"Great course! Excellent instructors! Thanks!"
- Kimberly Emery, MVB, Happy Valley, Oregon
"First class all the way. I put off my acupuncture training for a very long time because none of the classes felt right to me. I'm so glad Bonnie put all the work she did into this course. It was well worth my wait!"
- Teresa Calvert, DVM, CVSMT, Muncie, Indiana
Learn More About Dr. Bonnie Wright's Approach to Acupuncture in This New Podcast!
Listen to Dr. Bonnie Wright, the developer of CRI's Acupuncture Program, discuss acupuncture and the treatment of pain, as well as appreciation for beauty in nature and medicine in this new podcast " Pain, Neurobiology, Beauty, and Big Cats: A Surprising Conversation on Veterinary Acupuncture."
Dr. Wright's interview begins at 09:20 in the podcast. 

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Veterinarians who have completed Module 1 may register for Modules 2 and 3 on our website.
Modules 1-3 are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours each.

If you are already certified in acupuncture and want to continue your training with our accelerated program, contact us at
VEPRA and ECVSMR logos Come See Us at the VEPRA / ECVSRM Conference in Belgium!vepra

CRI is excited to be part of the VEPRA / ECVSMR conference coming up September 19-21 in Ghent, Belgium. We are co-hosting the opening gala with Respond Systems, PulseVet, Owl Manor, Help 'Em Up, and OrthoPets, and we welcome everyone to visit us there!
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"I cannot think of anything I feel was lacking in the curriculum or internship. The entire CRI program and internship has been invaluable. I am so happy that I decided to pursue the program and ecstatic to begin my career as a PT, CCRT!"
- Marla Wilkerson, PT, MPT, CHT, Riva, Maryland
CARE logo CRI Faculty Member Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw Launches New Canine Arthritis Educational Website!caninearthritis

Congratulations to CRI faculty member Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, who has founded Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE - CARE is a free resource to help dog owners navigate osteoarthritis (OA) with their veterinarian and learn evidence-guided techniques to improve their dog's quality of life. Veterinary professionals can sign up for free memberships to access tools, forms, and videos for use in their practice and that they can share with clients.

"Veterinarians see dogs with OA daily but have many topics to cover during patient visits and may not have time to review comprehensive OA plans with their clients," said Dr. Kirkby Shaw. "I created CARE to help as many dogs with OA as possible - more than I can as a clinician in practice. The resources and tools available on the website can help veterinarians continue the discussion of OA after their initial diagnosis. And, while I can't make specific recommendations for dogs that are not my patients, I can share exactly what I do with my own dogs who have OA."

Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw interview To launch her new venture, Dr. Kirkby Shaw traveled to New York City to take part in a satellite media tour on August 26, National Dog Day, and talk about canine arthritis. Her interviews were aired on numerous TV news broadcasts.

Watch an interview with Dr. Kirkby Shaw on WTMJ-Milwaukee.
Tayla In Memory of Tayla, Our December 2018 Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner

Tayla, a long-time favorite demo dog at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, passed away this week at the age of 15. She helped to train hundreds of veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary nurses/technicians in her career with CRI.

Tayla received the Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Award in December 2018 in recognition of her outstanding service. She was the beloved companion of Janessa Shine, an O.R. nurse at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. She will be missed by all.

CRI is working on a project to honor Tayla's memory. The details will be announced in our next newsletter.
Aquatics Now Open Dive Into Our New Online Aquatics Course!aquatics

In our newest online course, Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation, CRI faculty members Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT, and Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, CCRVN, VTS (Phys Rehab), explain how the resistance and buoyancy of water can be used for canine fitness, conditioning, injury recovery, and relief from joint pain. Topics include how to create an aquatic therapy program, aquatic rehabilitation exercises, hydrotherapy equipment and products, swimming pool vs. underwater treadmill, safety concerns, and how to make aquatic therapy profitable for your practice.

"Anyone who is considering an UWTM needs to take this course! All the subject topics are the things I have tried to learn through trial and error. Video footage during lectures was great."
- Erika Sullenberger, DVM, CCRT, Santa Cruz, California

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15.5 credit hours. CRI graduates (CCRTs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs) and members of AARV and VOS receive a 10% discount.

Register today to get started with this course!
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Our Online Research Course Is Sold Out!research  

Our Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research online course is now sold out. Please contact us if you wish to be added to the waiting list. This course, which runs from September 9 through November 11, offers weekly live discussions and is limited to 15 students.

In this course, Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, guides students as they develop their hypotheses, and then design, implement, and analyze data from their pilot studies.

"I took the very first clinical research course in 2016, and it completely changed the course of my career. The information taught by Dr. Zink gave me the tools to write my first grant proposal, receive funding, complete a clinical research project, and write a manuscript. I went from knowing nothing about research or how to get started to being a published author in a peer-reviewed journal! I encourage anyone with any interest in clinical research to take this excellent course!"
- Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CVPP, Homer Glen, Illinois

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 20 credit hours.

Residents who are members of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS) are eligible for a 25% discount. CRI graduates and members of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) and VOS are eligible for a 10% discount.

We will be working on dates for the next version of this class.
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Interested in Our Business Course?business

We're pleased to report that The Business of Canine Rehabilitation course is sold out! This course will be held September 27-28 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 16 credit hours.

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact us about our waiting list.

We will be working on dates for the next version of this class.
Our Updated CCRT Curriculum Begins in 2020!ccrt     

We are excited to announce our updated 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. This is a 5-day course.
  • Module 2: Clinical Skills (currently called Canine Rehabilitation Therapist). Students will be introduced to clinical assessment, goal setting, treatment planning, and outcome measurement from a physical therapy perspective. 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. This is a 3-day course.
  • Internship: A 40-hour internship remains a requirement for CCRT certification.
These changes only apply to the CCRT certification program for veterinarians and physical therapists. There is NO change to the CCRVN/CCRA curriculum for veterinary technicians/nurses.

Please see the CCRT page on our website for more details and the options for current students. Registration for additional 2020 modules will open soon. Register today to reserve your seat!
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Register Now for Upcoming Courses! register
Two of our three January-February 2020 core modules are already sold out! A few seats are still available in our February 2020 Clinical Applications course (Module 3 in our CCRT program) and the courses listed below. Registration for additional 2020 courses will open soon. Please watch this newsletter for an announcement.  
The following classes are open for registration:  

U.S. 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 (formerly Canine Rehabilitation Therapist) plus Clinical Applications or (2) Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing plus Canine Sports Medicine. Please see the 2-Course Packages section at the bottom of 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!
e-Learning Therapeutic Handling Our New Online Therapeutic Handling Course Is Open to Everyone!therapeutic

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.
Expand Your Knowledge With Our Online Courses!onlinecourses

CRI's online courses are a great way to gain in-depth knowledge from CRI's expert faculty, without time away from your practice or the expense of travel. Visit our website to learn more about each online course and read testimonials from our students.

Aquatics Now Open Therapeutic Handling course
Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation Nutrition online course
We Had a Great Time in Our August Nursing and Acupuncture Courses!

We had wonderful groups of students in our August Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing and Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture courses, both held in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

August Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing class
Above: Students and faculty pose for a class photo during Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing, held August 16-20 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado . Our thanks to Royal Canin and Respond Systems for providing Lunch & Learns for this class.

August Acupuncture Module 1 class
Above: Students, faculty, and one demo dog take a group photo during the August 24-26 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture module, the first of three modules needed to become Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapists.
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Congratulations to Dr. Kara Amstutz and Dr. Jordan Sedlacek, 2019 Recipients of the CRI Research Grant for AARV Members!
CRI is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 CRI Research Grant for members of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)!
Congratulations to   Dr. Kara Amstutz, the owner and medical director of Hometown Veterinary Hospital and River Canine Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri. Her research topic is "Comparison of Two Home Exercise Programs to Traditional Activity Restriction in Postoperative TPLO."
The CRI Research Grant includes tuition to CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course as well as $5,000 for original research. The results of this research are to be presented during the AARV lecture track at the 2021 VMX conference in Orlando, Florida.
In recognition of the quality of the grant submissions, CRI also offered an award to finalist Dr. Jordan Sedlacek, a veterinarian at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her research topic is "The Effect of Serial Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments on Stem Cell Mobilization in Canines."
AARV members who are veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary and physical therapy interns and residents, or fourth-year veterinary students (those graduating in 2020) were eligible to submit abstracts to apply for this grant. The AARV board of directors reviewed and voted on blinded copies of the abstracts to select the final grant recipients. CRI was not involved in the judging process or selection of the recipients.
Visit the CRI website to read more about these awards.
Discount on CE Courses Available for VOS and AARV Members, and CRI Graduates.

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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.
Sheraton Denver West Discounted Rates Are Available at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel Through December 2019!

CRI has arranged discounted rates at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel, close to our courses at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Please visit our Wheat Ridge Travel page for links to book discounted hotel accommodations from September through December 2019. Be sure to book before the cut-off date to ensure the group rate.
Book Discounted Hotel Accommodations at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Through December 2019!

Fort Lauderdale MarriottCRI has arranged discounted rates at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel for 2019. Please visit our Coral Springs Travel page for links to book discounted hotel accommodations through December 2019. Be sure to book before the cut-off date to ensure the group rate.

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott is also now pet-friendly! There is a one-time (per stay) $50 non-refundable fee.
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Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Is Fritz. breezie

Our Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner for August is Fritz. He was CRI's very FIRST demo dog back in 2002, and he just passed away this week at the age of 18 1/2. He was funny, fun loving, wily, and determined.

Many people learned from Fritz, the beloved companion of CRI faculty member Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVC, CCRT.

He will be missed!
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!
CRI Facebook page Stay Connected With CRI on Facebook!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!

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Have You Looked at CRI's Online Job Postings?jobs   

If you are considering a new position in canine rehabilitation, be sure to check out the Jobs page on the CRI website, which has dozens of listings. Recent postings include openings for rehabilitation veterinarians, physical therapists, and technicians/nurses in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, Illinois, Australia, Michigan, Singapore, California, and New York.

If you have a job opening that you would like to publicize, please use our online Job Posting Form to submit your listing.
protectedBe 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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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.
Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation book cover Second Edition of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Now Available!

CRI faculty member Dr. Chris Zink and founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke are excited to announce that the second edition of their book Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is now available!

This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. New chapters cover biological therapies, working dogs, and business management, and every chapter has been extensively revised and expanded with state-of-the-art information - providing an even greater wealth of evidence, expertise, and experience to this complex discipline. This gold standard reference for all aspects of sports medicine and rehabilitation is a must have!

Special offer! The first 100 orders will get a personalized copy autographed by Chris Zink and free shipping (when shipped to a U.S. address).

To learn more and place an order, visit the Canine Sports Productions website.
Wheat Ridge Blood Donor Heroes Wanted ad Donor Heroes Wanted - Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Did you know that your dog can donate blood just like you?

Blood Donor Requirements
  • Overall good health & friendly disposition
  • 1-6 years of age
  • Over 55 lbs
  • Current on required vaccinations
  • Receives monthly heartworm prevention
Donor Responsibilities
Every 6-8 weeks (or as needed) your pet will be called upon to donate blood.  Donors will receive compensation for participation.

A single donation can save more than one life.
Coral Springs Animal Hospital job posting specialty surgical nurse Specialty Surgical Nurse - Coral Springs, Florida  

Coral Springs Animal Hospital (General Practice, Specialty Care & Emergency/Critical Care Practice, open 24/7/365) is accepting applications from enthusiastic, motivated, compassionate, dedicated, quality-minded technicians, CVTs, LVTs, RVTs (or equivalent experience). We practice professional, excellent veterinary medicine and surgery with the highest degree of ethics and integrity. We are looking for individuals who want to apply their veterinary nursing skills to the fullest and have a strong desire for professional advancement.

General Description:  Performs and/or assists with all aspects of surgical nursing, anesthesia monitoring/maintenance, pain management, pet owner communications, general patient care, and care/maintenance of work area(s) and equipment.

Required: Advanced Anesthesia and Specialty Surgery knowledge required.
Preferred: Associate degree in veterinary technology or CVT, LVT, or RVT.

To learn more, please see the complete job posting

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