|A Message from Our CEO, Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR.
The dog days of summer are here, and CRI is running at full speed. Our faculty and staff are continuing their hard work, making sure that students can continue their path toward certification in spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic.
We just completed two 3-day hands-on live labs for our hybrid Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
module with 10 students attending each. I am happy to report that everything went very well. The students and faculty both seemed to enjoy working in small groups, and our demo dogs rose to the occasion. Hats off to everyone who helped to make this possible.
We recently made the decision to move November's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
and December's Clinical Skills
modules to the first quarter of 2021 in a hybrid format. Our plan right now is to offer the three-day Clinical Applications
module and any acupuncture course scheduled for the remainder of 2020 in person, limiting the classes to 10 students and following CDC guidelines.
The uncertainly around the coronavirus dictates that our schedule remain fluid for the foreseeable future. Updates will be posted regularly on our website. Rest assured that the safety of our faculty and students remains our top priority. A heartfelt thanks to our staff, faculty, and students who have shown amazing creativity, resilience, patience, and perseverance during these unprecedented times.
Please stay safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.
Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT
Founder and CEO
|In the Words of Our Students ...
"I thought all the TAs were excellent, and they fostered a very positive learning environment. I thought the pacing of the course [Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation] was excellent throughout the week having days that were more PT-heavy mixed with vet med-heavy days. Each day was well balanced with breaks between discussions/lectures/labs. I really enjoyed the collaboration of vets, PTs and techs/nurses from all across the country and Canada."
- Kelley Zupanek, DPT, OMPT, OCS, New York, New York
|Our Live/Online Veterinary Clinical Research Course Received Great Reviews!
"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
This course includes 10 online discussions held once a week and is limited to 15 students. During the course, students receive a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting, covering the entire process from concept to publication.
|Register for Our February 2021 Ultrasound Courses!
Introduction to Ultrasound Techniques is a 1/2 day course that covers basic skills in ultrasonographic assessment and is provided by the Sound Academy for veterinarians who are new to using diagnostic ultrasound equipment or would like to improve their skills. It is highly recommended for all students.
Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is a 2-day course that focuses on how ultrasound can be used to make musculoskeletal diagnoses more precisely, accurately and efficiently as well as how findings can be applied clinically. The course will include live dog labs, lectures, and hands-on experience with ultrasound.
|Already Certified in Acupuncture? Expand Your Skills Through Our Accelerated Program.
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.
We also are planning to hold Acupuncture Module 1 and Module 3 during the first quarter of 2021.
If you are interested, please email us at email@example.com
. We will announce dates as soon as possible.
"I felt as though I gained far more from Module 2 [Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients] than Module 1, but not necessarily due to the fact that the module was better. It had far more to do with the amount of needling practice that I was able to do in the weeks separating the two courses ... the increase in confidence in the actual needle handling and point finding allowed me to focus far more on the finer points of learning new areas to choose for specific conditions."
- Erin True, DVM, CCRT, Elk Grove, California
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
! 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.
Our next acupuncture courses will be:
Our August 2020 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course in the UK has been postponed. We hope to reschedule this course for 2021.
You are eligible to enroll in our Acupuncture modules after your first year of veterinary school. Please see our Veterinary Student Certification page
for details and information about our 20% student discount.
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.
|An Update on CRI Internships.
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.
|Our Live/Interactive Business Course Will Be Offered Early in 2021!
We will be offering our popular Business of Canine Rehabilitation course again in early 2021. This course will be a 6-week hybrid course with weekly Zoom discussion groups and recorded online lectures.
Our recent Business course in this live/interactive format received great reviews from participants:
"All three instructors had the perfect balance of different approaches, backgrounds, and areas of expertise in the field. They complemented each other nicely and it was great to learn from all of them."
- John Quinn, Hospital Manager, Belmont, Massachusetts
"Super helpful course! Thank you!"
- Stephanie Kindred, DVM, CCRT, Winter Garden, Florida
"I loved that all instructors come from different backgrounds, and currently have different business models. Very helpful for those of us currently practicing in one model of business (house call), with plans to expand into another (building a brick and mortar)."
- Heather Misener, DVM, CCRT, CVAT, Gig Harbor, Washington
If you are interested in attending, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our interest list.
|Earn CE Credits Online Through Our CRI Member Library!
Our CRI Member Library can help you earn CE credits without needing to travel! During this time when it is difficult to get CE credits due to travel restrictions, the CRI Member Library is a wonderful way to fulfill most states' current requirements!
For $795, students can have unlimited access for one year to our CRI Member Library (formerly known as the Online CE Course Subscription)! The CRI Member Library includes 60+ hours of RACE-approved online courses taught by our expert faculty - and content continues to grow! Sports medicine content is being added each month until November. Our webinar recordings are also included as bonus content - six Acupuncture webinar recordings have just been added!
Please note that our CRI Member Library is available to veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
(including the exam). CCRPs are also welcome. Veterinary technicians/nurses need to submit a valid Employment Agreement Letter
Also, please note that only one person may use a subscription login.
| 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 Library, but anyone who wants to see just the acupuncture resources can opt for this smaller library.
Please see our CRI Acupuncture Member Library page
for complete details and a link to subscribe.
| 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, MassachusettsIn 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.
Congratulations to CRI faculty member Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT, for becoming the president of the Animal Physical Therapy Special Interest Group (APT-SIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association!
Congratulations to Francisco Maia, President of the APTA Animal Physical Therapy SIG!
Francisco has been serving as vice president and will now serve as president of the SIG until 2022.
| We've Updated Our CCRVN / CCRA Curriculum With New Options!
Things to know about the updated CCRVN / CCRA program:
Please see the CCRVN page
on the website for complete details.
Register for Upcoming Courses!
Live classes - U.S. and international: We are finalizing plans for the next hybrid version of our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course to begin in early 2021. Interested parties should contact us at email@example.com.
Our hybrid courses use a combination of live interactive Zoom sessions and intensive in-person laboratory sessions with small groups of students to allow for proper social distancing. Please check our course pages for more details, and make plans to join us!
The following classes are open for registration:
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!
|Our New Therapeutic Exercise Course Has Been Scheduled for March 2021!
We are excited to announce a new course in the works for 2021 - Therapeutic Exercise in Canine Rehabilitation
! This course is tentatively scheduled for March 20-21, 2021, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and will be taught by CRI faculty member Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT.
The Therapeutic Exercise in Canine Rehabilitation course provides students with extensive understanding of how exercise affects tissue physiology. Students will learn to evaluate and apply appropriate exercises for different stages of healing and to progress exercises through the rehabilitation phase and into the return to activity phase. Detailed exercises programs are presented, demonstrated and practiced for in clinic and at home, relating to orthopedic, neurological, post operative, geriatric and canine athlete cases.
Watch our newsletter and website for more details!
|Special Offer! 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.
CARE is offering a special through CRI. Visit CARE
and use coupon code CRI25
to receive 25% off the ANNUAL
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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 email@example.com
| 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.
Our Updated CCRT Curriculum Begins in 2020!
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 (formerly 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.
Please see the CCRT page
on our website for more details and the options for current students. Register today
to reserve your seat!
Congratulations to Our August Introduction and Clinical Skills Students!
In August, we were very pleased to have students complete our hybrid Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
and Clinical Skills
courses by attending small, in-person lab classes in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Participants followed all social distancing guidelines and stayed 6 feet apart, except for a quick group photo. We look forward to seeing our students again soon in upcoming courses!
Students, faculty and demo dogs from the August 8-10 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
lab class (above) and the August 21-23 Clinical Skills
lab class (below) pose for a quick photo in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Participants in CRI's in-person classes are following social distancing guidelines and staying 6 feet apart at all times except for a quick group photo!
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).
Discount on CE Courses Available for VOS and AARV Members, and CRI Graduates.
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.
|Reserve Discounted Hotel Accommodations at the Sheraton Denver West!
CRI has arranged discounted rates at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel through October 2020. The Sheraton is providing a complimentary daily hotel shuttle to and from Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. It also features complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms, complimentary self parking, and free access to the indoor pool and fitness center. Please check our Wheat Ridge Travel page for reservation links, and be sure to reserve your room before the cut-off dates to ensure the group rate.
Congratulations to Bonus, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month!
Our August Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Bonus, a 4 1/2-year-old Border Collie who belongs to Helen Phillips. Bonus (full name: Hidden Valley Xtra Credit MX MXJ XF T2B NW1) received his nickname because he was the unexpected sixth "bonus" pup in his litter.
Helen competes Bonus in advanced Agility competitions and is training him for Obedience competition. Bonus is also a certified therapy dog and until the COVID pandemic was a proud member of Denver's C.A.T.S. (Canine Airport Therapy Squad).
In recognition of this honor, Bonus will receive a gift bag from Jiminy's
valued at $50. Congratulations, Bonus, and enjoy your yummy Jiminy's treats!
|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!|
Everyone at CRI was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Capone, our Breezie Demo Dog Award winner for December 2019.
Capone was the beloved companion of Mark Seland, a general practice nurse assistant at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. Detectives brought Capone to CSAH from a suspected fighting ring, and he was nursed back to health and adopted by Mark. "It was love at first sight," Mark said. "I am not sure if I rescued him or he rescued me."
CRI faculty member Amber Kenney, MPT, MTC, CKTP, CCRT
, was very proud of Capone and how he overcame his anxiety of the classroom to become a "very chill guy" and one of CRI's best demo dogs. "He made leaps and bounds with the students," Amber said. "He will be missed!"
CRI's Chief Operating Officer Joyce Rudzitis
has started the pool of donations to the The Tayla Fund
in Capone's name. CRI encourages everyone who learned from Capone to chip in! The Tayla Fund
is a non-profit fund established at Coral Springs Animal Hospital to help families in need to receive rehabilitation services for their pets.
| 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 California, North Carolina, Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Colorado, Alaska, Ontario, Ohio, New Hampshire, New York, and Illinois.
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.
| 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.
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
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.
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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
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
Thank You to the Following Sponsors for Their Support!
|CRI courses are held year-round in locations across the country and online. Visit our website at www.caninerehabinstitute.com for more information including a complete course calendar.|
Don't forget that CCRTs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs are eligible for a 10% discount on most CRI Continuing Education Courses!