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In Our December 2019 Issue ...

Register Now for Our March Business of Canine Rehabilitation Course!business

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Do you have a business plan? What about staffing requirements? Equipping your practice? Marketing? Are you thinking about transitioning from general practice to rehabilitation/integrative practice? Here is your opportunity to learn how to incorporate rehabilitation into your practice in a way that benefits your clients - and your bottom line!

The Business of Canine Rehabilitation will be held March 27-28, 2020, at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida. The teaching team will include a veterinarian and two physical therapists who have all run busy, successful rehabilitation practices. Interactive discussions will give you plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

This course sold out quickly the last time it was offered, so your first order of business is to register now!

"This course was excellent. I am a business owner DVM looking to start a separate rehabilitation practice in conjunction with our general practice. I brought my business partner/hospital manager who has no rehabilitation experience. She also found the course excellent, particularly how the business perspective associated with the various permutations of a rehabilitation practice was presented." 
- Erin True, DVM, Elk Grove, California

"All the instructors were really great! I loved that each came from a different background, with different practice styles, and from different parts of the country."
- Sofia Brickman, DVM, CCRT, cVMA, Los Angeles, California

"This class was excellent and gave me the tools I need to start my new rehabilitation practice, as well as practical steps I will be able to take as soon as I get home."
- Jennifer Bouthilet, DVM, MBA, CCRT, CVAT, Stillwater, Minnesota
Our April Kinesiotaping and Orthopedics Courses Are Open for Registration!orthopedics

Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation
We are excited to announce that our April Kinesiotaping and Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation courses are open for registration! These courses will sell out quickly, so be sure to register now - and take advantage of the great discount on our 2-course package!

These courses are designed to take your rehabilitation skills to the next level! Surgery or non-surgical treatment? Want to improve your gait analysis skills? How do you design the most appropriate treatment plan? What is kinesiotaping all about?

Get in-depth answers in our upcoming courses:
You may register for an individual course, or register for both courses at a significant cost savings.

In the Kinesiotaping course, you will learn the theory behind kinesiotaping and its anatomy-based application in the canine patient. You will get plenty of hands-on experience practicing what you learn on live dogs.

In Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation, you will learn how to do a specialist-level rehabilitation orthopedic evaluation, make a diagnosis based on clinical evaluation, and create an appropriate rehabilitation plan. This course will be taught by this Powerhouse Team:
  • Sasha Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT, Rehabilitation Coordinator at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

  • Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Oklahoma State Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

  • Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Register now, and be sure to save your space in this class!
words In the Words of Our Students ... 

"I cannot stress enough the benefit I received through [the internship] part of the program. Watching treatments and putting my hands on the equipment, while talking through how to treat with modalities and plan real-world home exercise programs, was great. It was also very helpful to see how an exam and progress note is written up, including modality settings, etc. I would have had no idea how to make my own template without seeing a real-life version. I also appreciated sitting in on exams and conversations with owners about their pets and how we can improve them going forward - what it takes and why it is important to invest in your pet, both financially and with their time."
- Lesley Scheblein, DVM, CCRT, Sacramento, California
Register Now for Our 2020 Acupuncture Modules, and Save on Our New Discounted 2-Course Package!acupuncture    
Acupuncture class Veterinarians: Register now for the next two modules in our Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program. We are offering a $200 discount on both courses taken as a 2-course package. Don't miss out on this special offer!
We are excited to be offering Acupuncture Module 1 in August 2020 in the U.K.! Save the date for this course: 
AAVA logo We also are pleased to announce that 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. The 2020 AAVA annual meeting is taking place April 17-19 at The Peabody Hotel (dog friendly!) in Memphis, Tennessee. CRI faculty member Dr. Bonnie Wright will be presenting several lectures at this conference. We encourage everyone to attend!
AVA logo Our Acupuncture Program also has been accredited by the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. After reviewing our course faculty, curriculum, and the syllabus for each module, they are excited that we will be offering this program in England starting in August 2020.
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 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.
CRI Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
Watch our new video about CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture module.
Want to Learn More About Our Acupuncture Certification Program?
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. See our Acupuncture Program page for a complete overview. 
Hear Dr. Bonnie Wright Discuss Her 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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If you are already certified in acupuncture and want to continue your training with our accelerated program, contact us at
PT Students: You Can Now Register for Rehabilitation Certification Courses Before Completing Your Degreept

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.
APTA CSM 2020 image Have questions or want to talk more? Visit us at Booth #1037 at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting February 12-15, 2020, in Denver - or 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?vetstudentprograms

Veterinary student with white dog 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
Blue Dog Designs and Canine Rehabilitation Institute Announce the "Help 'Em Out" Contest for Veterinary Studentshelpemout

Help _Em Out Contest graphic Blue Dog Designs, maker of the Help'Em Up HarnessĀ®, in partnership with CRI, has announced the 2020 "Help 'Em Out" competition to encourage veterinary students to pursue education in canine rehabilitation. The winner will receive free tuition for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, one of the three courses required for certification by Canine Rehabilitation Institute - a $2,900 value!
Kim Barrier, the winner of last year's "Help 'Em Out" competition for veterinary nurses/technicians, was thrilled that her goal of helping rehabilitate dogs became closer to reality thanks to this partnership. "CRI training gave me the confidence to take the skills and hands-on experience from the program back to my practice and our patients," she said. Kim's director, Justin Harper, DVM, DACVS, CCRT, who also elected to pursue CRI certification, added, "Our training will allow us to expand our services to patients in need of advanced rehabilitation in our area."
The "Help 'Em Out" contest will be open January 15 through March 1, 2020. Entrants will need to meet the prerequisites for CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and write a 400-500-word essay explaining why they are interested in canine rehabilitation and what they hope to accomplish in their career.
The winner will be selected by representatives from Blue Dog Designs and CRI by March 29, 2020, and would be eligible to attend Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation as early as June 5-9, 2020, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
The contest is open to new Canine Rehabilitation Institute students only. Please see the Help 'Em Out contest page on the CRI website starting January 15, 2020 to enter.  
Register Now for Our Three Courses in Belgium in May 2020!vepra

CRI will hold three courses in May at Het Waterhof in Belgium.
Registration is now open for our three May courses at Het Waterhof, in Velm, Belgium!
Please note that we are offering a special 100 Euro discount for the first 10 registrants in the Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist course. Register today by emailing, and claim your discount!
Each class also has a minimum number of students that must enroll, so we encourage you to register soon to ensure these courses are held as scheduled. 
Those of you who have been certified for at least 12 months are welcome to attend the Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module. This course offers a quick review of your Therapist module techniques as a refresher. It will then teach you to advance your manual skills, provide you with new approaches for your neuro patients, and advance your therapeutic exercise program. This course is taught by CRI faculty member Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT, and a team of CRI teaching assistants. As Ellen is based in Belgium, we offer this module once per year at her incredible facility there. If you prefer to attend the Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module in the United States, please contact us at 
If you are interested in attending these courses, please visit our European Program page for more details, and register by contacting Het Waterhof at
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Registration Is Open for More 2020 Courses! register
We have opened registration for more 2020 courses - including our April Kinesiotaping and Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation courses and our May courses in Belgium! Save your seat in our upcoming courses - register today! 
The following classes are open for registration:  

  Live classes - U.S. and international:
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!
Australia outline with flag We're Returning to Australia in July 2020!australia

CRI is excited to announce that we are planning to bring our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module to Brisbane on July 25-29, 2020. This exciting module covers the anatomy, biomechanics, manual techniques, physical modalities, and therapeutic exercises needed to successfully practice canine rehabilitation. Small class size, loads of demo dogs, and a friendly, talented faculty assure that you will leave this course confirmed in the skills that you need.

We must have at least 15 registrants to hold this course. We anticipate that this will not be a problem as this course generally sells out quickly. Please visit the VetPrac website to learn more or express your interest in this course. Please contact us at if you have any questions.
The Tayla Fund Introducing The Tayla Fundtayla

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.

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.

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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!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 (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. 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 2020 modules is now open. Register today to reserve your seat!
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.
Introducing Our New Online CE Course Subscription!!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. For $795, students can have unlimited access to our library of online courses - all RACE approved - for one year!

Online CE Course Subscription
Beginning in December 2019, we will be offering our online CE courses on a subscription basis. Veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and CCRPs can subscribe. Veterinary technicians/nurses need to submit a valid Employment Agreement Letter. Online courses will no longer be offered individually with the exception of Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation. Please visit the Continuing Education page on the CRI website to sign up for an Online CE Course Subscription.
Congratulations to Our December Therapist Students for a Great Class!

We enjoyed our time earlier this month with students attending the Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module in Coral Springs, Florida. (Starting in January 2020, this course has been renamed Clinical Skills.) We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Above: Students and faculty take a class photo during Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, held December 4-8 in Coral Springs, Florida. Thank you to our sponsors Respond Systems, Purina, Companion Animal Health, Cutting Edge Laser Technologies, and Blue Dog Designs.
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.
Reserve Discounted Hotel Accommodations at the Sheraton Denver West and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott!

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CRI has arranged discounted rates at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel for March 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.

We also have arranged for discounted rates at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel through April 2020. Please visit our Coral Springs Travel page for reservation links and details about cut-off dates.

Please note that the Fort Lauderdale Marriott is pet-friendly! There is a one-time (per stay) $50 non-refundable fee.
Congratulations to Capone, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month! breezie

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Our December Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Capone, the beloved companion of Mark Seland, a general practice nurse assistant at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.
Mark explains that in November 2010 Special Victims Unit detectives brought Capone to Coral Springs Animal Hospital from a suspected fighting ring. "He was a bait dog as he was barely 30 pounds with his estimated age being one and a half years. It was love at first site. He stayed at Coral Springs Animal Hospital until he was nursed back to health and has been with me ever since. I did some extensive training to break him of his old habits, and now he is an 11-year-old spoiled brat. I am not sure if I rescued him or he rescued me."

CRI faculty member Amber Kenney, MPT, MTC, CKTP, CCRT, says that Capone was selected as a Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner because he "is a very chill guy that allows the students to learn from him. He doesn't let anything really bother him especially when it comes to laying down for assessments and treatments."
In recognition of this honor, Capone will receive a gift bag from Jiminy's valued at $50. Congratulations, Capone!
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, California, Australia, Texas, Colorado, Idaho, Ohio, New York, Michigan, Canada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Florida, and Virginia.

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.
Survey check box 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.
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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