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February 2023 News

Working or Traveling in Europe? Join Us in Belgium in June for Our Introduction Module!

If you live in Europe — or are thinking of traveling to Europe this summer — make plans to join us for our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module in Belgium!

Our Introduction module will be held June 3-6 at Het Waterhof, an animal rehabilitation center in Velm, Belgium, about 70 km from Brussels. This module is the first step in rehabilitation certification for veterinarians, physio therapists, and veterinary nurses/technicians.

For more information, please see our course page and check out this travel guide about Het Waterhof, transportation, and accommodation options. This is the high season for tourism, so please book your accommodations early!

Don't miss your chance for hands-on learning in the beautiful Belgian countryside. Seats are limited. Register today!

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Het Waterhof in Velm Belgium
Aquatics at Het Waterhof in Belgium
Students in class at Het Waterhof

Don't Miss Your Chance to Take Our Online Business Course! Register Today!

Only a few seats remain in CRI's online course The Business of Canine Rehabilitation, which begins March 22! If you would like to learn more about how to begin or how to elevate your current rehab business, this class is a must-attend for you!

Course dates are March 22, March 29, and April 5. The interactive Zoom sessions will begin at 8 pm Eastern time. Each session will last 1.5 to 2 hours.

The Business of Canine Rehabilitation features three instructors who have each led busy, growing, successful rehabilitation practices.

This online course is RACE-approved for 16 credit hours and also includes online videos to watch at your own pace before each Zoom session.

Learn more and reserve your seat today!

Kara Amstutz Amy Kramer and Francisco Maia

Business faculty (from left) are Kara L. Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA, Amy Kramer, PT, DPT, CCRT, and Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT.

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"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

“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

CRI Faculty Spotlight

Meet Maria Caiozzo!

CRI's February Faculty Spotlight is the compassionate, kind, lovable Maria Caiozzo who is so dedicated to the field of animal rehabilitation! Please read below for some fun facts about Maria!

In 2003 Maria Caiozzo received her Certified Nursing Assistant degree from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Maria's Boston Terrier Max suffered a traumatic spinal injury leaving his bilateral pelvic limbs permanently paralyzed. This led to Maria becoming interested in animal rehabilitation, so she volunteered at the local veterinary rehab clinic.

Maria attended Canine Rehabilitation Institute and received her CCRA in 2005. She then began assisting Dr. Janet Van Dyke with the CRI classes and the Institute's daily operations. Maria has been a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse and Canine Sports Medicine since 2008. Maria resides in Wilmington, North Carolina with her rescue dog, Bruno.

A few fun facts about Maria …

Start work late or leave work early? Most of the time I start early and I stay late.

Messy desk or clean desk? Messy desk 

Win the lottery and not work, or land your dream job and work forever? Win the lottery and still do what I’m doing because I love it. 

Book smarts or street smarts? Street smarts

Puppies or kittens? Puppies

Read Maria Caiozzo’s biography on the CRI website, and check our Facebook page for more fun facts about Maria!

Maria Caiozzo and Bruno
Maria Caiozzo and Bruno
Maria Caiozzo and Bruno

We Had an Amazing Time at Our Exercise Physiology Course in Alaska!

It is hard to describe how amazing our time in Alaska was! Dr. Mike Davis taught us the intricacies of exercise physiology of the endurance athlete and then we got to go outside and see it in action. Our hosts, Happy Trails Kennels, were so gracious to share their world with us. We can't wait to go back and have this experience with more students next year!

Interested in taking Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine in Alaska next year? Contact CRI, and tell us that you would like to be added to our interest list.

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Exercise Physiology course in Alaska
Exercise Physiology course in Alaska

"This course exceeded all of my expectations and was well worth the investment. THANK YOU for such an amazing experience!"

– Shelby Johnson, DVM, CCRT, CVA, Sandpoint, Idaho

"What a fantastic experience! A graduate-level course on exercise physiology and working with sled dogs! It just doesn't get any better."

– Amber Ihrke, DVM, DACVSMR, Homer Glen, Illinois

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Exercise Physiology class photo

Students and faculty gathered for a class photo during Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine, held January 21-25 in Big Lake, Alaska.

Register Now for Our 2023 Acupuncture Modules!

Veterinarians and veterinary students: Registration is open for our 2023 modules in our Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program. Module 1 will be held June 23-25 in Littleton, Colorado, with Modules 2 and 3 held in September and November, also in Littleton.

Veterinarians, you may register for modules individually or register for all three modules at once to receive a $500 discount. To receive the discount, modules must be taken in sequence and completed within 18 months. To learn more and register, see our Acupuncture Program overview page.

Veterinary students, please see the Veterinary Student Certification page for complete details about the certification process and tuition discount.

Students and faculty in acupuncture class

Our July Veterinary Nurse and Therapeutic Exercise Modules Are Open for Registration!

Veterinary technicians/nurses: Registration is open for our July Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse and Canine Therapeutic Exercise modules. These are the second and third modules in the CCRVN certification program. Register now to reserve your seat!

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PT Students: Attend CRI’s Rehabilitation Modules While in School – and Receive a 20% Discount!

PT students: We have updated our policies, and you are now eligible to attend CRI's rehabilitation certification modules after your first year of PT school. Don't wait to begin your training! Visit our PT Student Certification page to read more and find out about our 20% student discount!

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We Have a New Home in Missouri!

We are very excited to have a permanent home in Springfield, Missouri!

Starting March 2023, CRI will hold most rehabilitation modules at its new location in Springfield, Missouri. Our Acupuncture certification modules and Canine Sports Medicine will remain in Colorado. Please read more.

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CRI new facility in Springfield Missouri

Our Australia Introduction Module Is Sold Out!

Our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module in Australia SOLD OUT in only 48 hours! We are looking at coming back to Australia in December 2023 – stay tuned for further information!

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Registration Is Open!

Registration is open for our spring and summer rehabilitation courses, including two couses in August! Click here for a calendar of our upcoming in-person and online classes.

Register now for:

Students and faculty in rehabilitation class

Check Out CRI’s Online Learning Platforms

CRI’s online learning platforms are an amazing way to update your clinical knowledge — click here to learn more about our online CRI Member Library that has over 80+ hours (and growing) of CE. We also offer the CRI Acupuncture Member Library focused only on acupuncture.

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CRI Member Library
Acupuncture Library

Veterinary Nurse Corner

Veterinary nurses and assistants: We have updated our CCRVN and CCRA program starting November 2022. Our certification modules are now:

Visit our CCRVN page for complete details.

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Congratulations to Our February Clinical Skills Students!

Clinical Skills February 2023 class photo

Students, faculty, and demo dogs posed for a class photo during Clinical Skills, held February 10-12 in Littleton, Colorado.

Sign Up for Free Articles and Resources from CARE!

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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)?

CARE’s featured Article of the Month is just one of many resources available with a free subscription.

Retrospective analysis describes safety of therapeutic joint injections in dogs.

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, January 2023.

Objectives: To retrospectively investigate the safety of canine therapeutic IA injections, describing and correlating adverse events with the number of injections per visit, joint injected, signalment, body condition score, type, and volume of injectate.

Read the full abstract.

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.

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March Events from Onlinepethealth

Hi Vetrehabbers, as we head into the third month of the year, we are excited to share our webinar line-up for the month with you.

The Onlinepethealth Team works hard to bring you webinars that will help you to become the best Vetrehabber that you can be! Through continuing to learn, grow and expand our knowledge, we can serve each and every patient that we encounter, to the degree that they deserve — and of course, they deserve the BEST!!

This is what you can expect from Onlinepethealth in March:

Onlinepethealth March 2023 events

To grow our industry, we need your help! We are putting together a global industry report to determine where we are as a profession, and what the areas are that we need to focus on developing as a profession in the coming years. To do this, we need your input! Please complete this survey to add your voice to the global industry report:

The information we gather through the global industry report will be available to EVERYONE — if you want to know where our profession is, where it has been, and where it is going, then you will have access to the results of this survey!

We look forward to hearing from you! Regards, the Onlinepethealth Team!

Take the Onlinepethealth 2023 Industry Report survey

Breezie Demo Winner of the Month

Our February Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Cooper, an approximately 11-year-old Chihuahua owned by "CRI Volunteer Dog Wrangler" Valerie Horney. Cooper is an excellent choice as absolutely everyone loves him!

Valerie reports that even though she is a Bernese Mountain Dog owner, she succumbed to Cooper's special charms. She found Cooper at a vacant house while doing an appraisal. He evidently had escaped from the yard of the family that had adopted him from a shelter a couple of months before. Cooper decided then and there that he lived with Valerie, although she was very skeptical!

"Well, almost 8 years later, I guess he was right," Valerie says. "He is an amazing dog and loves everyone and every dog, loves walks, snuggling in a blanket on your lap, flying to all the Bernese National Specialties, and going to CRI! He is a special challenge for the students as he is quite small, 5 pounds, and it takes a special touch to find and manipulate everything while holding him on your lap. Cooper is a very special guy!"

In recognition of this honor, Cooper will receive a $50 gift certificate from Jiminy's good for any of their treats or dog food. Congratulations, Cooper!

Cooper a Breezie Award winner
Cooper with Trucker

Above: Cooper relaxing with "sibling" Trucker, a Bernese Mountain Dog, during a CRI class.

Internship Mentors: Have You Received Our Newsletter?

We send 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

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

For more information, download the Sponsorship Opportunities flier or contact Dwight Amstutz.

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