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In Our February 2022 Issue ...

• Messages from Our Outgoing CEO Dr. Janet Van Dyke and Our New CEO Dr. Kara Amstutz
• COVID Vaccination with Booster or Negative Test Required for In-Person Classes
• Last Chance to Register for Our March Canine Therapeutic Exercise and Business Courses!
• Meet CRI Faculty at April Conferences!
CRI to Bring Acupuncture to Europe in 2023!
• Fall Courses are Open for Registration!
• Congratulations to Nimaa and Sadee, Our Breezie Demo Dogs of the Month ... and more!
A Message from Our Outgoing CEO, Dr. Janet Van Dyke.

When I investigated training in canine rehabilitation for veterinarians and physical therapists 21 years ago, there were very few options. Not one provided the hands-on experience that I believed was so important. In the spirit of “If you build it, they will come,” I started CRI in 2002. Twenty years later, we have certified over 1,500 students from more than 30 countries. I am so grateful to our amazing team of instructors, our staff, and especially our students for making this dream possible.

I am thrilled to introduce the new CEO of CRI, faculty member Dr. Kara Amstutz. Kara and her husband Dwight are a dynamic team who built and grew a very successful veterinary practice in Springfield, Missouri. They sold their practice in 2020, and Kara stayed on as the director of their very busy rehabilitation and integrative medicine service.

Kara and Dwight bring the strong leadership, clinical experience, and passion for teaching that will ensure CRI continues to offer the best education in canine rehabilitation and medical acupuncture worldwide. I will remain on the team for six months then will continue to work in the industry, consulting for businesses that have helped this field to flourish. With that, I hand the CRI reins to Kara!

Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, CCRT
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists
Founder, Canine Rehabilitation Institute
A Message from Our New CEO, Dr. Kara Amstutz.

For my first official duty as the new CEO of CRI, I am very excited to say hello to you! I would like to take this opportunity to share my CRI journey and how much this program means to me. I think you will understand why I decided to make this the next phase in my life and career.

Way back in 2002, my husband and I started a small veterinary practice. It quickly grew, and we were very busy seeing patients as well as raising a young family. Over time, I got increasingly frustrated with my lack of options for older dogs in mobility decline. I felt like I needed to do more for them than just NSAIDs, and I began investigating multimodal pain management. One day, while at a large veterinary conference, I came across a lecture on a topic I had never heard of — rehabilitation. It was hook, line and sinker for me! Finally, I had found what I had been looking for! New and fascinating ways to help my patients, but also amazing humans to collaborate with. I had found my people!

This could not have been better timing for me. I had reached a point many in our field struggle with: burn out, compassion fatigue, and depression. I had built a busy veterinary practice, but I had lost the zeal for what I did on a daily basis. There were times I wanted to lock the door and throw away the keys to my practice. However, when I began attending CRI courses, I felt life being breathed back into my soul by the end of each class. My passion for my work was renewed. My purpose was inspired. I truly consider CRI a pivotal point in my career and my life. It saved me from the heartbreaking, seldom talked about, dark places of veterinary medicine.

From the time I became certified, my career has gravitated towards helping pet owners provide better quality of life, improved mobility, and less pain for their beloved pets. I realized I wanted to further my education and got additional certifications in acupuncture and pain management. In 2017, I took the plunge and decided to work on becoming board certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition to this, I began teaching for CRI and found out that I LOVE to teach! One of my favorite things is to see a student have a “light bulb” moment when a new concept begins to make sense. As I said, CRI changed my life.

My desire in taking over the reins from Dr. Van Dyke is to continue to teach rehabilitation and acupuncture to the highest level possible. I want more pets and their families to benefit from this valuable knowledge. I want more people to experience restored excitement and passion for their work. I want more lives to be changed for the better.
 
I look forward to beginning this journey with you all.

Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA
Resident, American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
CEO, Canine Rehabilitation Institute
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COVID-19 Vaccination With Booster or Negative Test Required for In-Person Class Participants.

Canine Rehabilitation Institute requires all individuals attending in-person classes to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including the booster, except for individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from being eligible for vaccination. If you have a medical exemption, you must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48-72 hours before the start of class. Negative results must be sent to us electronically at least 24 hours before the start of the first day of class.

If you have registered for an in-person class, CRI will contact you and provide a link so you may submit your proof of COVID vaccination or negative test. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com.
Last Chance to Register for Our Online Business Course in March!

Thinking of expanding your practice to add a rehabilitation service? Planning to build a rehabilitation-only practice? Starting a mobile rehabilitation practice?

The Business of Canine Rehabilitation is a 3-week online course that provides vital information for anyone planning to expand their services, change from private practice to rehabilitation, add rehabilitation to an existing practice, or start a mobile practice.

Topics covered include business plans, permits and licenses, designing and equipping a rehabilitation practice, veterinary practice software, pricing and inventory management, staffing and human resource management, marketing: social media and traditional, and
sales techniques for growing business.

The Business of Canine Rehabilitation will be held online on March 9, 16, and 23, 2022, starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. The course consists of three Zoom sessions, each lasting between 90 and 120 minutes, interspersed with video presentations and online materials. The course is led by three instructors, each with busy, growing, successful rehabilitation practices.

Seats are limited. Learn more about the course, and register today to reserve your space!
Learn New Therapeutic Exercise Skills at Our March Class in Colorado — Now at a Discounted Rate!
Do you find yourself choosing the same exercise routines for your patients over and over again?

Do you have difficulty getting your patients to do more challenging exercise routines?

Do you wish you knew more about how to create an exercise program for geriatric patients?

Do you struggle teaching clients how to do exercises with their dogs at home?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, join us for Canine Therapeutic Exercise at CVSG March 19-20 in Littleton, Colorado. Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT, will teach you how to create a comprehensive conditioning program for canine athletes. You will learn how to select and advance a variety of therapeutic exercises based on stages of healing, and how to recognize soreness and setbacks. And there will be dogs in class so you can practice your skills!
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor Help 'Em Up Harness, we are now able to offer this course for the reduced fee of $595.

See the Canine Therapeutic Exercise page on our website to learn more and register today!
In the Words of Our Students ... 

"I am so very excited and can't thank everyone enough for your help in this journey. Not only are you renewing excitement for the veterinary profession, but you are also guiding such a positive change in the quality of how pets are treated. It feels amazing to be a part of this! Thank you again!!"
– Jenna Scibilia, VMD, cVMA, CCRT, Austin, Texas
Stop by and Meet CRI Faculty at These April Conferences – and Congratulations to Our VMX Winner!

CRI had a great time in January and February at VMX in Orlando, the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio and the World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress/Veterinary Orthopedic Society annual conference in Colorado in February.

Congratulations to the winner of our VMX drawing — Dr. Samantha Bartlett of Pompano Beach, Florida! Dr. Bartlett has won $500 off tuition to our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module.

See us next at the IVAPM/AARV Pain Management Forum in Denver in April and the AAVA Annual Meeting in Memphis in April. If you are attending these events, come visit our booth, talk with our faculty and staff, and find out more about our rehabilitation and acupuncture programs!
April 3-5
Visit CRI in Denver at the Pain Management Forum, hosted by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) in conjunction with the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV). CRI faculty members Dr. Bonnie Wright and Dr. Susan Neary will be lecturing at this event. This is an amazing way to earn CE credit and to stay up to date with all of the new tips and tricks in pain management.
April 8-10
Be sure to see CRI at the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) Annual Meeting in Memphis. Dr. Bonnie Wright will be lecturing at this meeting.
Register Now for Our Spring and Fall 2022 Acupuncture Series!
Veterinarians: Interested in pursuing acupuncture training in Europe? We are planning to bring our Acupuncture Program to Europe in 2023. For more details, contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com.

Registration is now open for our Spring and Fall 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Packages – both of which include a $500 discount! 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. To encourage students to complete the three modules in the most effective way with the best retention of material, we will provide a $500 discount for anyone who registers for and attends all three modules in sequence. Please see the Acupuncture Program page for complete details.

Acupuncture modules are held in person in Littleton, Colorado, with small group sizes. The following 3-module packages are open for registration:

You also may register for the following Spring individual modules at this time:

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

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

"Bonnie [Wright] and all of the TAs were outstanding! The course exceeded my expectations and I can't wait for module 2."
– Kristin Shaw, DVM, PhD, DACVS, CCRT, DACVSMR, Seattle, Washington

"Module 3 tied all of the acupuncture concepts together in a way that only made me more excited to integrate it into my practice, both rehab and general. The student to teacher ratio was excellent and we never lacked for help … this increased my confidence in trying more challenging points which will help broaden my practice at home."
– Erin True, DVM, CCRT, CVAT, Elk Grove, 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.
"The best instructors ever!"
– Christy McCratic, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT, CVAT, Crystal Lake, Illinois
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 AAVA.org 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.
Get Hands-On Experience With Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses in Our April Course!
Register now for our popular V-OP course — Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses — being held April 8-10, 2022, at OrthoPets headquarters in Westminster, Colorado, just outside Denver.

This 2.5-day course is taught by Dr. Felix Duerr and OrthoPets founder Martin Kaufmann. Students will gain hands-on experience in thoracic-limb and pelvic-limb fiberglass impression techniques and have opportunities to discuss patient evaluation and treatment options for specific conditions and injuries. Students also will have the unique opportunity to tour a V-OP device manufacturing facility nearby.

This course is filling up — register today to reserve your seat!
Canine Sports Medicine Will Be Offered in Belgium in May … and in Colorado in July!
Het Waterhof in Belgium
We are excited to announce that our Canine Sports Medicine module will be offered May 21-23, 2022, at Het Waterhof in Velm, Belgium! Enjoy spring in the picturesque Belgian countryside while learning about canine sports medicine, the fast-growing world of canine sporting competitions, and rehabilitation techniques that can be used to support both canine athletes and family pets. This course will be taught by expert faculty member Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA, who lectures internationally about canine sports medicine. If you are interested in this course, please contact Ellen Martens at ellen.martens@hetwaterhof.com for more details.

Registration is also now open for Canine Sports Medicine July 8-10, 2022, at CVSG in Littleton, Colorado! We encourage nurses/technicians in our CCRVN program to take the April Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module and the July Canine Sports Medicine module. We believe this combination is the BEST way for nurses to earn their CCRVN! Please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com with any questions.
Earn 80+ CE Credits Through Our CRI Member Library!
Our CRI Member Library is continuing to grow! We have just 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. CCRPs are also welcome to subscribe. Veterinary technicians/nurses need to submit a valid Employment Agreement Letter.
See the CRI Member Library page on our website to learn more and sign up today! Be sure to indicate in the Checkout process that you have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation or are a CCRP.
Students and dog in rehabilitation class
We've Opened Registration for Fall 2022 Courses!
 
Don't miss your chance to take our 2022 courses! We have just opened three Fall 2022 courses, and spaces are filling up quickly! Register today to save your seat in the location you prefer!

Veterinary technicians/nurses: Our Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module in April 2022 is almost full! This course includes independent study and an in-person session on April 23-25 in Littleton, Colorado. (Note: Due to improved online content, we are able to provide all necessary pre-course materials without needing an interactive Zoom session.) We encourage all eligible nurses to sign up now before the class is sold out. Register today to reserve your seat!

We are offering a $350 discount for any nurses who take our Canine Sports Medicine module as their elective for CCRVN certification. Registration is now open for our July 8-10 module in Littleton, Colorado. Register today and make sure you have a seat!

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 info@caninerehabinstitute.com 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.)

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!
Sled dogs
Interested in a Canine Exercise Physiology Course in Alaska?

CRI is working on plans for a proposed Canine Exercise Physiology course in the beautiful Susitna Valley in Alaska. This 5-day course will be taught by Dr. Michael Davis, DACVIM, past president of ACVSMR, and will provide a comprehensive presentation of canine exercise physiology combined with hands-on experience with elite canine athletes: Iditarod dogs!

Attendees will be trained how to drive a sled dog team, and will have the opportunity to drive their own team one afternoon in the vast wilderness of this area with stunning views of Denali. This will be 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.

Dates are tentatively set for January 21-25, 2023. Seating is limited. If you are interested, contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com to be put on our list for this class.
Watch Dr. Janet Van Dyke in This New "Beyond Badass" Interview!

Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI’s founder, was recently interviewed as part of a podcast series, “Beyond Badass: How Fierce Women Get It Done,” hosted by former ABC News anchor Ann Abernethy. Learn how canine rehabilitation and CRI got started, and hear about her efforts to mentor and empower women in the veterinary field.
Have You Seen CRI's Public TV Segment?

We are excited to announce that CRI's promotional piece for our Public TV program was shown nationally on Fox Business News in September, and our longer video segment is now being shown on 400 Public TV networks across the country. To see it, check your local programming for Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid.
We created this programming to help pet owners better understand the benefits of canine rehabilitation and know how to find a qualified rehabilitation therapist. Be sure to share this with your friends, colleagues and pet owners!
To see CRI's full-length video (just over 8 minutes long), visit the News page on our website.
Interested in Our Next Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Class?
We are planning to hold our next Introduction to Ultrasound Techniques / Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course during the third quarter of 2022 at Sound's Academy of Veterinary Imaging in Arlington, Texas.

Our August 2021 course sold out quickly and received great feedback from students:

"The entire class was extremely useful and appropriate for the audience. The instructors were excellent and provided different tips and tricks. The instructors made a challenging area of vetmed understandable and easy to learn. Thank you!!!!"
– Carolina Medina, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVT, CVFT, CCRT, DACVSMR, Coral Springs, Florida

"Great course. I'll take it again after I've had some time to practice."
– Kenneth Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR, Moorpark, California

If you are interested in attending the next course, please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com so we can add your name to our interest list.
Dog and students in class
CCRVN Students: Learn About Our Certification Program Updates.

We are making a few changes to our CCRVN certification program for veterinary nurses/technicians to improve the elective portion of the program. These changes apply to students who take the Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module in 2022 or later.

  • CCRVN students that choose Canine Sports Medicine for their elective can take a $350 discount in the course fee.


For CCRT candidates, our current format is:

For CCRVN 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 info@caninerehabinstitute.com 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 internship@caninerehabinstitute.com.

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.
Residents: Need to Complete a Research Project?

Are you an intern or resident who needs to complete a research project? Our comprehensive Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course can take you from "How to write a hypothesis" to launching your pilot study.
 
We are planning to offer this course in 2022. Please contact us to add your name to our interest list. This online course, led by faculty member Dr. Chris Zink, includes 10 live discussions held once a week and is limited to 15 students to allow ample time for interaction.
 
Visit our website to learn more about our special discount for ACVSMR and VOS residents. Residents: join VOS to get 25% off the tuition!
 
Our Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course has received great reviews from students!
 
"I absolutely loved this class. Chris's enthusiasm for research as well as her openness to people who are not in academia as nascent researchers was refreshing. As someone who went directly into practice rather than the internship route, it was very helpful in defining the research process from how to form a solid hypothesis from a germ of an idea all the way to writing the paper. It also provided a basis to read journal articles with a more critical eye. The tips that Chris provided from her years of experience in the research field were invaluable."
- Beth Ellen McNamara, DVM, CCRT, CVMA, CVAT, Harrison, Maine

"I learnt a great deal during this course and look forward to putting it into practice. Thank you."
- Tanya Grantham, BVSc, CVA, CCRP, CCBW, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
 
"Wonderful course - I learned so much."
- Sheradan Pate, DVM, CVA, CCRT, Pismo Beach, Hawaii
 
During the course, students receive a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting, covering the entire process from concept to publication.
 
Please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com to add your name to our interest list for this class.
CRI Faculty and Graduates Selected for New PulseVet Small Animal Advisory Board.

CRI is honored to have three faculty members and graduates selected for PulseVet's new Small Animal Advisory Board. Congratulations to CRI faculty members Dr. Janet Van Dyke, Dr. Leilani Alvarez, and Dr. Carolina Medina for their selection to this board. The PulseVet Small Animal Advisory Board includes well-recognized leaders in veterinary orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation in both academia and private practice. Read more.
Listen to a New Podcast Episode with CRI Founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke.

Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI founder, was recently featured on Fueled: A Sporting Dog Podcast presented by Eukanuba™ and hosted by Dr. Joe Spoo. In this episode, Dr. Spoo and Dr. Van Dyke discuss canine rehabilitation — what it is and what training looks like. Listen to the podcast.
Join the Newest Chapter of ANZCVS — Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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

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

The chapter held its inaugural lecture track in July 2021 at ANZCVS Science Week, and CRI veteran faculty member Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT, was selected to be the keynote address presenter.

For more information, please visit the Chapter's website.
Research Update from Canine Home Exercises

Effects of Treadmill Inclination on Electromyographic Activity and Hind Limb Kinematics in Healthy Hounds at a Walk.

The Study: Eight hound dogs were used to evaluate the effect of muscle activity and joint range of motion while on a treadmill incline. Surface EMG activity of the hamstrings, gluteal, and quadriceps femoris was measured. Hip and stifle joint range of motion were measured.

Study Limitations: Small sample size, surface EMG may be influenced by movement of the skin.

Impact on Clinical Practice: Per the authors, “treadmill inclination affected joint kinematics only slightly. Walking on a treadmill at a 5% incline had more potential to strengthen the hamstring muscle group than walking on a treadmill with a flat or declined surface.”
 
Incline treadmill may be considered as part of stifle stabilization rehabilitation treatment plans.
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
Sign Up for Free Articles and Resources from CARE!
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.
Read a sample article below:

Home Environment Modifications for Dogs with OA

Help clients understand how simple modifications can help their dog

I once had a client ask me how they should build their new house to best accommodate their dog with OA. Oh, if everyone had the opportunity, forethought and desire to design their home around their dog’s needs!

If we were designing the ideal OA friendly home, it would have the following:
  • Carpet throughout
  • A carpeted staircase of about 8 steps


Subscribe for FREE to gain access to more CARE resources. CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of CARE.
Learn More About Continuing Education Opportunities from Onlinepethealth.

In March, we host our first webinar series of the year with Lisa Hannaby, focusing on nutrition in the canine patient in four LIVE webinars spread through the course of the month.

On the equine platform, Dr. Hilary Clayton speaks about how the horse adapts to lameness, and Dr. Gillian Tabor discusses the management of a horse on stable rest.

In the Hydro members portal, Dr. Arielle Pechette Markley discusses the latest advances in canine hydrotherapy research.

You can purchase a ticket or learn more about membership here: https://onlinepethealth.com.
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 info@caninerehabinstitute.com. 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 info@caninerehabinstitute.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.
Congratulations to Our February Students!

In February, we were pleased to welcome students from our Clinical Skills module at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida. It was great to use CSAH's new classroom space and state-of-the-art audiovisual system for portions of our class. Congratulations to all of these students working toward rehabilitation certification. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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.
Make Your Hotel Reservations for Spring Classes in Florida!

CRI has arranged discounted rates at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel for in-person classes through March in Florida. We also have discounted rates at three hotels near Littleton, Colorado.

Please check our Coral Springs, Florida Travel page and our Littleton, Colorado Travel page for more details about each hotel and reservation links!
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center in Coral Springs, Florida, is offering a standard room with breakfast for one person for $160 per night plus tax, subject to availability. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor heated pool. Pets are welcome with a $50 pet fee.
The TownePlace Suites Denver Southwest/Littleton in Littleton, Colorado, has studios or 1-bedroom suites. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, on-site parking, and high-speed wi-fi. It has a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center on-site.
The Element Denver Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colorado, is offering studio suites from $89-94 per night plus tax, subject to availability. The Element is an all-suite Silver LEED-certified hotel with fully equipped kitchens and many rooms with mountain views. Pets are welcome with a $50 pet fee. The Element provides complimentary breakfast, parking, and high speed internet, as well as free access to an indoor saline pool, fitness center, and business center.
The Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colorado, has standard guest rooms. The Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows provides a complimentary daily hotel shuttle to and from Colorado Veterinary Specialty Group (currently paused due to COVID). The hotel also offers free access to an indoor pool and fitness center.
Congratulations to Nimaa and Sadee, Winners of the Breezie Demo Dog Award!

Our February Breezie Demo Dog Award Winners are Nimaa, 4, and Sadee, 9, the energetic and much loved companions of Bruce deMichaels and David Dunbar.

Nimaa and Sadee are both rescues from the Navajo Indian Reservation outside Gallup, New Mexico. Sadee helped introduce her dads to Agility. Since that introduction, she has also participated in Barn Hunt and in the past year Dock Diving. Nimaa also loves Agility and Fast CAT, and her dads hope she’ll learn to love Dock Diving like her sister.

When they aren’t busy training, competing or volunteering for CRI, they enjoy stalking squirrels, rabbits, begging for treats, and posing for countless pictures for their Facebook and Instagram accounts!

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

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

If you are considering a new position in canine rehabilitation, be sure to check out the Jobs page on the CRI website, which has numerous listings. Recent postings include openings for rehabilitation veterinarians, physical therapists, and technicians/nurses in Illinois, Nevada, California, Colorado, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, Ontario, and Massachusetts.

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

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

If you are a CRI graduate, please check your listing in the Find a Therapist online directory and make sure the contact information is correct. If you have any updates, please email Joyce Rudzitis, CRI's chief operating officer.
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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 dcappucci@coralspringsanimalhosp.com. For more information about the practice, visit coralspringsanimalhosp.com. 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 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!
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