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In Our August 2022 Issue ...

• CRI Welcomes Students Certified in Canine Rehabilitation by Other Programs
• Register Now for Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 Courses!
• Mark Your Calendar for Our 2023 Courses!
• Earn 80+ CE Credits Through our CRI Member Library!
• Register Now for Our Discounted 3-Module Acupuncture Program!
• Congratulations to Logan, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month ... and more!
CRI Welcomes Students Certified in Canine Rehabilitation by Other Programs.

CRI has updated its course prerequisites to welcome veterinary professionals who are certified in canine rehabilitation through other programs. Veterinary professionals certified in canine rehabilitation by UT/VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), and CuraCore (CRPM), and veterinarians who have earned their DACVSMR and are practicing canine rehabilitation are welcome to register for continuing education courses and subscribe to the CRI Member Library of online continuing education courses.

Veterinarians and physical therapists certified by other programs also may enroll in some core rehabilitation modules such as Clinical Skills. Please check the prerequisites for each course for specific details and recommendations.

In addition, veterinary technicians/nurses now may be supervised by a veterinarian or physical therapist certified from any of the following programs: Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CCRT), UT/VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), CuraCore (CRPM), or by a veterinarian who has earned his or her DACVSMR and is practicing canine rehabilitation.

Please contact us at with any questions.
Register Now for Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 Courses!
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Registration is open for a few fall 2022 courses and our January and February 2023 modules! If you are interested in joining our fall acupuncture modules or our October Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module, all held in Littleton, Colorado, we encourage you to register now.

Seats are also filling up in Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation from January 6-9, Clinical Applications from January 10-11, and Clinical Skills from February 10-12, all held in Littleton, Colorado! Register today to reserve your space!

Our core rehabilitation courses combine online coursework and 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.

In-person classes:

Online classes and webinars:

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 a discounted 3-module package for our Acupuncture modules. Please see our 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.)
Have you registered for a "Future" course? Be sure to let us know when you are ready to attend!
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!
In the Words of Our Students ... 

"[Canine Sports Medicine] was a really great course. Even though I have no background in rehab, I was able to follow along and keep up. The content was super interesting and relative, since I've started to become involved in dog sports. The discussion of shoulder anatomy and injuries was particularly helpful and well done. Also, the demo dogs were absolutely lovely. Kudos to their families for raising beautiful, well-adjusted dogs, and thanks to them for allowing the dogs to participate in our learning."
Carrie Stefaniak, DVM, Port Washington, Wisconsin
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Mark Your Calendar for Our 2023 Courses!

Start planning ahead for 2023! We have announced the dates of our courses through June 2023, and our January and February courses are already open for registration and filling up. We will be holding our core rehabilitation and acupuncture courses in Littleton, Colorado, and we also will be offering The Business of Canine Rehabilitation as a live, online course on March 22, 29, and April 5.

We also are excited to announce that we will be holding our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module June 3-6 in Belgium and later in the year in Australia! To learn more about this course in Belgium, please email Ellen Martens of Het Waterhof directly. To join the waiting list for the course in Australia, email

To see all our upcoming courses, check our website calendar and make plans to join us!
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Our Exercise Physiology Course in Alaska Is Sold Out! Join the Interest List for Future Courses!

Our brand-new course in Alaska – Exercise Physiology for the Working Canine – attracted a long list of interested participants and sold out in three days!

This course will be held January 21-25, 2023, in Big Lake, Alaska, and will be taught by Michael S. Davis, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, the past president of ACVSMR.

Students in this course will learn about canine exercise physiology and gain hands-on experience with elite canine athletes — Alaskan Husky sled dogs! Attendees will learn how to drive a sled dog team and will have the opportunity to drive their own team in the vast wilderness of this area with stunning views of Denali. This is a great opportunity for residents preparing for boards, rehabilitation therapists who work with canine athletes, and anyone who would love to combine RACE-approved CE with a once-in-a-lifetime experience working with a world-famous sled dog trainer and his team.

If you are interested in being on the waiting list or attending this course in the future, please send your contact information to
Register Now for Our Discounted 3-Module Acupuncture Package!
Veterinarians: Interested in pursuing acupuncture training in Australia or Europe? We are planning to bring our Acupuncture Program to Australia and Europe in 2023. For more details, contact us at

Registration is now open for our 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package (which includes a $500 discount) and individual fall acupuncture modules! If you are thinking about acupuncture certification, sign up today before our modules are sold out!

We are now offering our three Acupuncture Program modules twice each year, with one set in the spring and one set in the fall. Students receive a $500 discount when registering for Acupuncture Modules 1, 2, and 3 together. Students may now combine spring and fall modules into one package. Modules must be taken in sequence and completed within 12 months. Please see the Acupuncture Program page for complete details.

Acupuncture modules are held in person in Littleton, Colorado, with small group sizes.

CRI offers a discounted 3-module package:

Students also may register for the following individual modules:

Remember, save $500 when you register for a 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package. Please see the Course Schedule on our website for upcoming course dates.

Thinking about enrolling in our Acupuncture Program? Students give our acupuncture modules wonderful reviews!

"I really loved the instructors and how they approached the course."
– Shyvonne Mathias, DVM, Los Angeles, California

"Incredible. I learned so much and love all the hands-on opportunity. 10/10 would recommend."
– Amanda Stuart, DVM, CCRT, Truckee, California

Acupuncture Modules 1-3 are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours each. Visit our website to learn more, and register today to reserve your seat!
Watch our video to learn more about our acupuncture modules.
"Instructors are great; things I should have learned in vet school I’m learning now with good, practical applications."
– Eileen Gillen, DVM, CCRT, Santa Ynez, California
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? 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.
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.
Earn 80+ CE Credits Through Our CRI Member Library!
Our CRI Member Library is continuing to grow! We have recently added our new 3-hour Feline Rehabilitation and Pain Management course and our recent webinar "Practical Application of Shock Wave Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation" to the CRI Member Library.

For $795, students can have unlimited access for one year to our CRI Member Library! The CRI Member Library now includes 80+ hours of RACE-approved online courses taught by our expert faculty — and content continues to grow! The CRI Member Library is a great way to fulfill most states' current continuing education requirements without needing to travel!

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 2022.

Veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians/nurses that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (including the exam) can subscribe. Veterinary professionals certified in canine rehabilitation by UT/VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), or CuraCore (CRPM), and veterinarians who have earned their DACVSMR and are practicing canine rehabilitation 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 that you are a CCRP, VMRT, CCRV, or CRPM, or a DACVSMR practicing canine rehabilitation.
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Learn About Our Updated CCRVN / CCRA Certification Program.

We have made a few more changes to our CCRVN / CCRA certification program! Veterinary technicians / nurses now may be supervised by a veterinarian or physical therapist certified from any of the following programs: Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CCRT), UT/VAHL (CCRP), Healing Oasis (VMRT), Chi Institute (CCRV), CuraCore (CRPM), or by a veterinarian who has earned his or her DACVSMR and is practicing canine rehabilitation. Students also may be under the supervision of a veterinarian or physical therapist who is pursuing CCRT certification and has completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation or has a seat confirmed in that course.

In addition, veterinary technicians / nurses are now welcome to take the Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module, even if their supervising veterinarian is not yet certified. Technicians / nurses will receive their CCRVN or CCRA certification once their supervising veterinarian or physical therapist has been certified.

As announced previously, we also are updating the CCRVN and CCRA program program for veterinary technicians / nurses for 2023.

Starting January 1, 2023, the modules for CCRVN / CCRA certification will be:

Students who complete Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (Module 2) in 2022 may choose a Module 3 elective as outlined below.

From January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, the three modules for CCRVN / CCRA certification will be:

Please see the CCRVN page for complete details.

For CCRT candidates, our current format is:

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

We have 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.
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.
Research Update from Canine Home Exercises

Systematic Review of Postoperative Rehabilitation Interventions After Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery in Dogs.
Leilani X. Alvarez, DVM,

The Study: A systematic review evaluated the evidence for rehabilitation after surgery for cranial cruciate ligament disease. Nineteen studies met inclusion criteria. Studies were assigned a level of evidence score and risk of bias score. This review supports therapeutic exercise and cold compression therapy for postoperative CCLD rehabilitation. Evidence on other modalities is limited with conflicting results. 
Study Limitations: Systematic review with lack of class I level evidence.
Impact on Clinical Practice: Per the authors, "this systematic review supports the use of rehabilitation interventions in recovery of postoperative CCLD in dogs; however, many studies had a high risk of bias."
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 troubleshoot challenges from any computer.
See why CCRTs choose Canine Home Exercises today.
Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT
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Did you know Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE) has a wealth of FREE resources to help veterinary professionals and pet owners manage osteoarthritis (OA)?

Sign up for a free subscription today to gain access to CARE's extensive collection of resources to help your rehabilitation patients and clients. CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of CARE.
Check Out Upcoming Continuing Ed Opportunities from Onlinepethealth.

Hi Vetrehabbers, August is an exciting month for us as we continue to plan the Vet Rehab Summit. Our early bird tickets have been selling, and we can't wait for the event! If you would like more information, go to

In our Small Animal Members portal, we welcome Arielle Pechette Markley back to complete her 4-part webinar series on canine agility athletes, their biomechanics and the injuries they are predisposed to.

Our Equine line-up for the month includes Sybille Molle and Fiona Bloom, with both focusing on different components of the equine athlete.

In our Hydro members portal, Allison Wills dives us a little deeper into biomechanics in hydrotherapy, as she focuses on swimming. 

You can learn more about these webinars as well as the rest of the line-up for the year on our website. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and remember that you can watch these webinars as a member or as a ticket holder! For more information, visit
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! 
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.
Congratulations to Logan, Winner of the Breezie Demo Dog Award!
Our August Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Logan, a 6-year-old Shetland sheepdog owned by Janet Gradwell-Lewis.

"I am blessed with three beautiful Shetland sheepdogs," Janet said. "Logan has one Master Agility Champion title and does other things like Rally competitions. He has been a pet therapy volunteer at Lutheran Medical Center for four years now, and not only do the patients and families love him, but the nursing staff go bonkers over him. He too, absolutely loves the CRI staff, and what they get to accomplish with Logan is amazing. They tell me that the students get spoiled because they get to complete all their learning techniques on him, and are told that most dogs don’t let them do that."

In recognition of this honor, Logan will receive a $50 gift certificate from Jiminy's good for any of their treats or dog food. Congratulations, Logan, and enjoy your yummy Jiminy's treats!
Logan a Breezie Demo Dog Award winner
Logan a Breezie Demo Dog Award winner
Logan a Breezie Demo Dog Award winner
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!
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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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CRI courses are held year-round in locations across the country and online. Visit our website at 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!
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