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In Our June 2019 Issue ...

Acupuncture course
Faculty member Dr. Bonnie Wright observes student Dr. Teresa Calvert during the Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture course.
Veterinarians: Register Now for Our Upcoming Acupuncture Courses!acupuncture   

Registration is open for our next series of modules in our Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program! Module 1 begins in August, so register now to get started!

Our inaugural group of graduates gave our Acupuncture Program great reviews!

"As usual, CRI presented a superior class. The size of the class was perfect for learning such a specific hands-on subject like acupuncture and Bonnie's ability to meld both Eastern and Western approaches to the subject was enlightening. I felt that having Kim, Susan and Lisa there provided a great range of experience and practical knowledge as well. I felt that my knowledge was deepened and my skill set improved with this class even though I am already certified."
- Beth Ellen McNamara, DVM, CCRT, CVMA, Harrison, Maine

"First class all the way. I put off my acupuncture training for a very long time because none of the classes felt right to me. I'm so glad Bonnie put all the work she did into this course. It was well worth my wait!"
- Teresa Calvert, DVM, CVSMT, Muncie, Indiana

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
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!
words In the Words of Our Students ... 

"I have taken so much away from this program. Can't say enough about the benefit this program has had to expand on my understanding of my other modalities especially chiropractic therapy. Some things seem intuitive from how you taught them and some of my other programs struggled to clarify the information."
- Troy Everson, DVM, CVA, CVMST, Fruita, Colorado
Go Back to School With Our Fall Continuing Ed Courses!fallcecourses       

We still have a few openings in three of our most requested CE courses!

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Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research is an ONLINE course with weekly live discussions that runs from September 9 - November 18, 2019.

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. This course is limited to 15 students.

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. RACE approval is pending for this course.

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The Business of Canine Rehabilitation is a LIVE course that will be held September 27-28, 2019 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Only four seats left!
This course, led by two veterinarians and two physical therapists who have run successful rehabilitation practices, will answer your questions and help you develop a business plan for your practice. Interactive panel discussions will present strategies for achieving profitability in a canine rehabilitation practice including design, equipment selection, services/fees, operations, staffing and marketing.

This course is open to all veterinary and physical therapy professionals and practice managers.
CRI graduates and members of AARV and VOS receive a 10% discount.

Orthotics and Prosthetics class Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation is a 2½ day LIVE course that will be held October 11-13, 2019, in Colorado.

Learn how to use orthotics and prosthetics, and get hands-on experience in thoracic and pelvic limb fiberglass impression techniques. In addition, gain hands-on experience with rehabilitating patients into their devices. Evaluation, goal setting, and rehabilitation from the V-OP perspective will be covered.

This course will be held at OrthoPets in Westminster, Colorado, a Denver suburb. This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 20 credit hours.

CRI graduates and members of AARV and VOS receive a 10% discount.
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Register Now for Our January and February 2020 Modules! register
We've opened registration 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!  

U.S. classes:
International 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!
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Only 1 Seat Left for Canine Sports Medicine in Australia!australia 

Only one space remains for Canine Sports Medicine in Australia! This course will be offered August 30-September 1 at Emmanuel College St Lucia in Brisbane and hosted once again by our friends at VetPrac.

Canine Sports Medicine brochure This course will be taught by CRI veteran faculty members Dr. Chris Zink and Dr. Janet Van Dyke.

Read VetPrac's brochure and visit the Australian Program page on our website to learn more about the course as well as local accommodations and transportation.

For more information, contact VetPrac at Register online through VetPrac.
e-Learning Therapeutic Handling Have You Enrolled in Our New Online Therapeutic Handling Course?therapeutic

Registration is open for our fifth online course - Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation!

By eliminating anxiety and fear, rehabilitation therapists 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 course Therapeutic Handling course
Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation Nutrition online course
Congratulations to Our Inaugural Group of Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapists! cvat   

We were thrilled to celebrate with the inaugural group of graduates from our Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program after they completed the third module in the program, Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture, in late May! Congratulations to this outstanding group of veterinarians, CRI faculty member Dr. Bonnie Wright who spent countless hours developing the Acupuncture Program, and all our dedicated teaching assistants!

We celebrated the success of our first Acupuncture graduating class with a fun reception at the beautiful Sheraton Denver West Hotel, CRI's home for all of our Colorado courses.

Acupuncture Module 3 class photo
Above: The inaugural group of Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapists, along with CRI faculty members and demo dogs, gathered for a photo during their Module 3 class.
Below: Afterward, the first Acupuncture graduating class celebrated at a special reception in their honor at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel.
We Had a Great Time in Our June Introduction Course!

We had a great group of students in our June Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. We look forward to having these students return soon to keep working on their certification program!

June Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class
Students, faculty and demo dogs take a break for a class photo during Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, held June 9-13 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Thank you to Owl Manor Veterinary, OrthoPets, and Cutting Edge for providing Lunch & Learns for the class.
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 Ava, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month! breezie

Ava_ Breezie Award Winner for June
Our June Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Ava, a Great Dane and the faithful companion of Dr. Courtney Wait, a veterinarian at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.

Ava is a great demo dog because in addition to her gorgeous body, she is patient, gentle, and loves the attention!

Dr. Wait and Ava will be leaving Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital after completing Dr. Wait's internship so she can pursue a residency in diagnostic imaging and radiology. CRI wishes Dr. Wait and Ava the best of luck as they move together to further Dr. Wait's career!
In recognition of this honor, Ava will receive a gift bag from Jiminy's valued at $50. Congratulations, Ava!
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!
Post-operative physical rehabilitation article Check Out This Great Educational Resource Written by CRI Faculty Member Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw!blackmores

Congratulations to CRI faculty member Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, who recently had a 2-page article published in Blackmores' pet magazine about the importance of canine rehabilitation after surgery .
This article would make a great educational tool to educate pet parents and referring veterinarians!
Course Overview: Basic Life Support
Dr. Daniel Fletcher of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine provides an overview of the course.
Get Valuable Online CPR Training from Cornell. cornell

Cornell University is offering a valuable online CPR Package that includes both Basic and Advanced Life Support CPR for veterinarians and technicians/students.
These courses offer official certification in CPR by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. They are endorsed by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and teach the most current, evidence-based guidelines developed by the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) initiative, making them the gold standard in veterinary CPR training.
The total time spent in the classes is 8.5 hours. Students can work at their own speed and have one year to complete the courses.
Use the following links to learn more about the Cornell CPR Package for veterinarians and for technicians/students
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 Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, Colorado, and Ohio.

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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