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In Our July 2019 Issue ...

Have You Seen Our New Video About Our Acupuncture Program?acupuncture   

CRI Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
Watch our new video about CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture module.
Veterinarians: Thinking about registering for our upcoming acupuncture modules? Watch our new video and learn more about our Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program!

Module 1, Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, will be held August 24-26 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, with Module 2 following on October 26-28, and Module 3 scheduled for Spring 2020.

Our inaugural Acupuncture Program graduates have shared great reviews for the modules, lead faculty member Dr. Bonnie Wright, and teaching assistants Dr. Lisa Lancaster, Dr. Susan Neary, and Dr. Kim Vanderholm.

"I have been thoroughly impressed with this course [Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture]. It is one of the best courses I've ever had the pleasure of attending. The small groups and the many instructors make it so that we get one-on-one attention and different tips and information about different ways to perform acupuncture. The course was so incredibly well organized. I will certainly be back to CRI, especially for electives taught by these incredible ladies."
- Kelli Martin, DVM, CCRP, Chicago, Illinois

"I cannot thank Bonnie and her wonderful TA team enough for taking a completely overwhelmed student and gently guiding and encouraging me along the way. From day one of the first module, when I felt completely swamped with the new, unfamiliar material and doubted I'd be able to understand or absorb it, Bonnie assured me that I would be able to do it. ... She and the TAs continued to encourage me at each step along the way, and each lab, so by the end of the first module weekend I was confident and really had the foundational understanding in place."
- Jennifer Bouthilet, DVM, MBA, CCRT, Stillwater, Minnesota

"I loved this module! Thank you Bonnie and team!"
- Ilana Strubel, MA, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT, Pacifica, California

Register now to reserve your seat!
Modules 1-3 are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours each.

If you are already certified in acupuncture and want to continue your training with our accelerated program, contact us at
Learn All About Orthotics and Prosthetics at Our September V-OP Course! vop 

Dog wearing prosthetics We're bringing together four CRI faculty members to teach our Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation course, coming up October 11-13 in Colorado! This is a 2½ day live course that will be held at the OrthoPets corporate office in Westminister, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

In this course, CRI faculty members Martin Kaufmann, c-PED, and Dr. Felix Duerr will explain how to use orthotics and prosthetics, and give students hands-on experience in thoracic and pelvic limb fiberglass impression techniques.

"Mr. Kaufmann and Dr. Duerr do a phenomenal job educating on this topic. They were able to present the material in a very understandable way and were very approachable. I have a much better understanding of prosthetics and orthotics and feel I can go back to the clinic on Monday and use what I learned. Hands-on labs were great. TAs had a lot of knowledge to offer as usual."
- Tracie East, PT, DPT, WCC, CCRT, Wasilla, Alaska

In addition, faculty members Sasha Foster, MS PT, CCRT, and Dr. Leilani Alvarez will be providing students with hands-on experience as they show how to acclimate a patient to the device and how to rehabilitate the patient in the device. Evaluation, goal setting, and rehabilitation from the V-OP perspective will be covered.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 20 credit hours. CRI graduates and members of AARV and VOS receive a 10% discount.

Don't miss this chance to learn from four V-OP experts! Register today to secure your space in this class.
Only a Few Spaces Are Left in Our Online Research Course!research        

Learn how to conduct veterinary research in this innovative course! Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research is an online course with weekly live discussions that runs from September 9 through November 11. This course is limited to 15 students and only has a few spaces left.

In this course, Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will guide you as you develop your hypothesis, and then design, implement, and analyze data from your pilot study.

"I took the very first clinical research course in 2016, and it completely changed the course of my career. The information taught by Dr. Zink gave me the tools to write my first grant proposal, receive funding, complete a clinical research project, and write a manuscript. I went from knowing nothing about research or how to get started to being a published author in a peer-reviewed journal! I encourage anyone with any interest in clinical research to take this excellent course!"
- Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CVPP, Homer Glen, Illinois

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 20 credit hours.

Residents who are members of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS) get a 25% discount. CRI graduates and members of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) and VOS receive a 10% discount.
Aquatics Now Open Dive Into Our New Online Aquatics Course!aquatics

Save $30 when you register by August 9, 2019!

In our newest online course, Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation, CRI faculty members Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT, and Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, CCRVN, VTS (Phys Rehab), explain how the resistance and buoyancy of water can be used for canine fitness, conditioning, injury recovery, and relief from joint pain. Topics include how to create an aquatic therapy program, aquatic rehabilitation exercises, hydrotherapy equipment and products, swimming pool vs. underwater treadmill, safety concerns, and how to make aquatic therapy profitable for your practice.

"Anyone who is considering an UWTM needs to take this course! All the subject topics are the things I have tried to learn through trial and error. Video footage during lectures was great."
- Erika Sullenberger, DVM, CCRT, Santa Cruz, California

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15.5 credit hours. CRI graduates (CCRTs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs) and members of AARV and VOS receive a 10% discount.

Register by August 9th to save $30 on this course!
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Interested in Our Business Course?business

We're pleased to report that The Business of Canine Rehabilitation course is sold out! This course will be held September 27-28 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 16 credit hours.

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact us about our waiting list.

We will be working on dates for the next version of this class.
VEPRA and ECVSMR logos Come See Us at the VEPRA / ECVSRM Conference in Belgium!vepra

CRI is excited to be part of the VEPRA / ECVSMR conference coming up September 19-21 in Ghent, Belgium. We are co-hosting the opening gala with Respond Systems, PulseVet, Owl Manor, Help 'Em Up, and OrthoPets, and we welcome everyone to visit us there!
words In the Words of Our Students ... 

" [Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation] was a GREAT class. ALL instructors and TAs were very knowledgeable, helpful and easy to talk to. Great content, I learned a ton. This was a good amount of information to start building on. I am looking forward to future classes."
- Lisa Burnett, DVM, Windsor, Colorado
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 (currently 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 January-February 2020 modules is open. Register today to reserve your seat!
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Register Now for Our January and February 2020 Modules! register
Registration is filling up quickly for our January-February 2020 core rehabilitation modules. Join us in January for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and in February for Clinical Skills (formerly Canine Rehabilitation Therapist) and Clinical Applications (CCRT Module 3). Register today to guarantee your seat!  
The following classes are open for registration:  

U.S. classes:
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!
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.
Expand Your Knowledge With Our Online Courses!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. Visit our website to learn more about each online course and read testimonials from our students.

Aquatics Now Open Therapeutic Handling course
Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation Nutrition online course
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Congratulations to Dr. Kara Amstutz and Dr. Jordan Sedlacek, 2019 Recipients of the CRI Research Grant for AARV Members!
CRI is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 CRI Research Grant for members of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)!
Congratulations to   Dr. Kara Amstutz, the owner and medical director of Hometown Veterinary Hospital and River Canine Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri. Her research topic is "Comparison of Two Home Exercise Programs to Traditional Activity Restriction in Postoperative TPLO."
The CRI Research Grant includes tuition to CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course as well as $5,000 for original research. The results of this research are to be presented during the AARV lecture track at the 2021 VMX conference in Orlando, Florida.
In recognition of the quality of the grant submissions, CRI also offered an award to finalist Dr. Jordan Sedlacek, a veterinarian at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her research topic is "The Effect of Serial Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments on Stem Cell Mobilization in Canines."
AARV members who are veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary and physical therapy interns and residents, or fourth-year veterinary students (those graduating in 2020) were eligible to submit abstracts to apply for this grant. The AARV board of directors reviewed and voted on blinded copies of the abstracts to select the final grant recipients. CRI was not involved in the judging process or selection of the recipients.
Visit the CRI website to read more about these awards.
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.
Sheraton Denver West Discounted Rates Are Available at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel Through December 2019!

CRI has arranged discounted rates at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel, close to our courses at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Please visit our Wheat Ridge Travel page for links to book discounted hotel accommodations from August through December 2019. Be sure to book before the cut-off date to ensure the group rate.
Book Discounted Hotel Accommodations at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Through December 2019!

Fort Lauderdale MarriottCRI has arranged discounted rates at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel for 2019. Please visit our Coral Springs Travel page for links to book discounted hotel accommodations through December 2019. Be sure to book before the cut-off date to ensure the group rate.

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

Our July Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Fahren, an 8-year-old French bulldog and the adorable companion of Jerry Neal, a Colorado-based videographer who works with CRI to create video content.

"Fahren is honored to be selected for this prestigious award!" Jerrry said. "Fahren absolutely loves being a demo dog for CRI. In fact, he runs toward the entrance of the Wheat Ridge, Colorado clinic as soon as I open the car door. He loves the attention from all of the CRI staff, veterinarians and PTs. He is certainly the most easy-going and happy of any dog that I've ever owned. He looks forward to assisting at CRI's courses in the future!" 

Fahren is an ideal demo dog. He has a beautiful body and is patient. He is smart enough to let the students know when they are missing the "point," and he is generous enough to let them spend some time learning how to find important landmarks. With his wonderful sense of humor and his attachment to his one favorite ball ... he's the perfect demo dog!
In recognition of this honor, Fahren will receive a gift bag from Jiminy's valued at $50. Congratulations, Fahren!
Breezie 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 New York, Washington, Florida, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey, and Arizona.

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.
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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.
OrthoPets Case Study: Seela   

We've asked our colleagues at OrthoPets to share case studies with us as a way of providing more education about orthotics and prosthetics.
Seela_ a client of OrthoPets Seela is a 2.5-year-old FS Golden Retriever who was rescued in Egypt by a Golden Retriever rescue organization in Maine. She was found with extensive injuries to her pelvic limbs with severe bilateral tarsal hyperextension and digital hyperflexion and severe muscle atrophy in her hindquarters. She underwent bilateral intertarsal amputations, and her prosthetic journey began.

There were many challenges confronted with this case, the most challenging being her ability to ambulate in bilateral prosthetics. Because her tarsi are so extended, we chose to add a femoral cuff to each device to help prevent rotation. Helping her find the ground and engaging her weak hamstrings and quads and encouraging stifle extension would prove to be a steep learning curve for Seela.

Seela's bilateral device arrived at OrthoPets New England under the talented hands of Dr. Heather York. The devices fit without concern, and Seela took her first normal steps in a long time. As expected, she walks with more stifle flexion than normal and, with time and strengthening of her muscles, will hopefully walk with a more level topline.

This case shows how important rehabilitation can be for animals who have lost normal function. This outcome was more successful than any of us anticipated and hoped for, thanks to her dedicated rescue, owner, and doctor and not to mention the determination of Seela! We are thrilled to watch Seela progress on her new legs!
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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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