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In Our June 2022 Issue ...

• A Message from Our CEO, Dr. Kara Amstutz
• Join Us for Canine Sports Medicine in Colorado in July!
• Attending the June 23-25 ANZCVS Chapter Stream in Australia? Visit CRI's Booth to Enter Our Drawing!
• Register for Courses Through January 2023!
• Save the Dates for Our 2023 Courses!
CRI to Return to Europe and Australia in 2023!
• Learn About CCRVN Program Updates for 2023
• Congratulations to Hippy, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month ... and more!
A Message from Our CEO, Dr. Kara Amstutz.

The school year may be slowing down for the kids, but here at CRI, we are full speed ahead!
We had an amazing trip back to Belgium with Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA, teaching Canine Sports Medicine. It was so nice to see our European friends and to be in the beautiful Het Waterhof along with our host, Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT. We look forward to returning to Belgium in 2023!
Our new class offering, Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine, to be held in Big Lake, Alaska in January 2023, has had so much interest that it sold out in only 3 days! Please send a message to if you are interested in being placed on the waitlist for future offerings of this exciting course.  
Later this month, Dr. Janet Van Dyke and I will be making the trip to Australia to reconnect with our colleagues and join in on the fun at the ANZCVS Science Week. We are working hard to bring our world-famous certification program back to Australia in 2023.
Happy June!

Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA
Resident, American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
CEO, Canine Rehabilitation Institute
Join Us for Canine Sports Medicine in Colorado in July!
We had a great time in May at our Canine Sports Medicine module in Belgium!

"Thank you very much for organising this wonderful course! I learned a lot and this new way of looking at sporting dogs is absolutely immediately practically applicable in my daily work in a referral clinic."
– Evelien Bogaerts, DVM, PhD, Belgium

We are offering Canine Sports Medicine in Colorado this summer too! Join us July 8-10 at CVSG in Littleton, Colorado. Register now to reserve your seat!

In this course, students will learn about 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 CRI faculty member Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA, an internationally recognized expert in canine sports medicine.

We encourage nurses / technicians in our CCRVN program to take the July Canine Sports Medicine module. We believe this hands-on course is a great way for our students to earn their CCRVN! Please contact us at with any questions.
In the Words of Our Students ... 

"Everything [in the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module] was well taught, professional but personal. I think it has changed my overall opinion as a whole. Like Kara [Amstutz] said at the beginning of the course about compassion fatigue, etc., I was feeling compassion fatigue and burnout, but this course has brought a whole different perspective to me. Lunches were great. THANK YOU TO ALL THE INSTRUCTORS AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS! I hope to be back soon."
– Eric Burt, Veterinary Assistant, Arnprior, Ontario, Canada
Attending the June 23-25 ANZCVS Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Chapter Stream in Australia? Visit CRI's Booth to Enter Our Drawing!

The Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Chapter of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists invites all veterinary rehabilitation professionals to attend the Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Chapter Stream, to be held June 23-25, 2022, during ANZCVS 2022 Science Week. The event will occur in person at The Star, Gold Coast, Australia, and also online.

If you are attending this event in person, be sure to visit CRI at the booth we are sharing with VetPrac and PawProsper! Say hello to Drs. Kara Amstutz and Janet Van Dyke, and register for our drawing to win a $500 discount on our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course when it is in Australia in 2023.

To learn more about the Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Chapter Stream, see the event flier and visit the official registration website at

CRI graduate Yoko Clinch, BSc, BVMS (Hons), MANZCVS, CCRT, serves as president of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Register for Courses Through January 2023!
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Lock in 2022 pricing! We have a few seats available in our December 3-5 Clinical Skills module in Coral Springs, Florida. When you register for this module as part of a 2-course package, you will lock in 2022 pricing for the Clinical Applications module too. Our December Clinical Skills module is also a great opportunity for a winter getaway in sunny Florida!

Register for January 2023 modules! We have just opened registration for two January modules: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation from January 6-9 and Clinical Applications from January 10-11, both held in Littleton, Colorado! Register today to reserve your space!

Veterinary technicians/nurses: We are offering a $350 discount for any nurses who take our Canine Sports Medicine module this year 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 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.)
Have you registered for a "Future" course? Be sure to let us know when you are ready to attend!
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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Save the Dates for Our 2023 Courses!

Start making plans for 2023! We have just published the dates for our upcoming January to June 2023 courses, and registration is already open for our January courses. We will be holding our core rehabilitation and acupuncture courses in Littleton, Colorado, and we also will be offering The Business of Canine Rehabilitation as a live, online course on March 22, 29, and April 5.

We also are excited to announce that we will be holding our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module June 3-6 in Belgium and later in the year in Australia!

Check our website calendar and make plans to join us!
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Our Exercise Physiology Course in Alaska Is Sold Out! Join the Interest List for Future Courses!

Our brand-new course in Alaska – Exercise Physiology for the Working Canine – attracted a long list of interested participants and sold out in three days!

This course will be held January 21-25, 2023, in Big Lake, Alaska, and will be taught by Michael S. Davis, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, the past president of ACVSMR.

Students in this course will learn about canine exercise physiology and gain hands-on experience with elite canine athletes — Alaskan Husky sled dogs! Attendees will learn how to drive a sled dog team and will have the opportunity to drive their own team in the vast wilderness of this area with stunning views of Denali. This is 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.

If you are interested in being on the waiting list or attending this course in the future, please send your contact information to
Register Now for Our Discounted 3-Module Acupuncture Package!
Veterinarians: Interested in pursuing acupuncture training in Australia or Europe? We are planning to bring our Acupuncture Program to Australia and Europe in 2023. For more details, contact us at

Registration is now open for our 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package (which includes a $500 discount) and individual spring and fall acupuncture modules! 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. Students receive a $500 discount when registering for Acupuncture Modules 1, 2, and 3 together. Students may now combine spring and fall modules into one package. Modules must be taken in sequence and completed within 12 months. Please see the Acupuncture Program page for complete details.

Acupuncture modules are held in person in Littleton, Colorado, with small group sizes.

CRI offers a discounted 3-module package:

Students also may register for the following individual modules:

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

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

"I really loved the instructors and how they approached the course."
– Shyvonne Mathias, DVM, Los Angeles, California

"Incredible. I learned so much and love all the hands-on opportunity. 10/10 would recommend."
– Amanda Stuart, DVM, CCRT, Truckee, 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.
"Instructors are great; things I should have learned in vet school I’m learning now with good, practical applications."
– Eileen Gillen, DVM, CCRT, Santa Ynez, California
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 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.
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.
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CCRVN Students: We Are Updating Our Certification Program in 2023.

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to update the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) program for veterinary technicians / nurses for 2023.

Starting January 1, 2023, the modules for CCRVN / CCRA certification will be:

Students who complete Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (Module 2) in 2022 may choose a Module 3 elective as outlined below.

From January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, the three modules for CCRVN / CCRA certification will be:

Note: During 2022, CCRVN / CCRA students that choose Canine Sports Medicine for their elective can take a $350 discount in the course fee.

Please see the CCRVN page for complete details.

For CCRT 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 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

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.
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

A Retrospective Study of Canine Cervical Disk Herniation and the Beneficial Effects of Rehabilitation Therapy After Ventral Slot Decompression.

The Study: This retrospective study evaluated the clinical outcomes of dogs with ventral slot decompression for IVDH with and without rehabilitation therapy. Surgical decompression was performed in dogs with IVDH using the ventral slot procedure. A total of 58 dogs were selected from the hospital and included in two groups: rehabilitated group (n = 34) and non-rehabilitated group (n = 24). In the rehabilitation group, treatments consisted of a combination of electrotherapy, infrared therapy, and mechanical massage; treadmill exercise was started when the animal could stand up. Post-operative changes of both groups were evaluated and compared, including time until unassisted standing and walking after surgery and the success rate. Overall, 79.41% (27/34) of dogs had a successful neurologic outcome in the rehabilitation group, which was significantly (P < 0.05) higher than the non-rehabilitation group group 62.50% (15/24).

Study Limitations: Retrospective study with limited controls.

Impact on Clinical Practice: The proposed rehabilitation therapy after surgical decompression of cervical IVDH can improve the success rate when the preoperative pathological condition is severe.
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. CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of CARE.
Learn About Upcoming Continuing Ed Opportunities from Onlinepethealth.

Hi Vetrehabbers: At Onlinepethealth, we are celebrating the middle of the year with an incredible line-up of webinars through each of our members' platforms. You can look forward to continuing education from Dr. Arielle Pachette Markley, Kristin Dean, Fiona Bloom, and Dr. Andrea Henderson. 

Tickets are available to each of these webinars to Vetrehabbers who are not yet Onlinepethealth members here:
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 We are very excited to continue helping more and more PTs along this exciting journey! 
Congratulations to Our April and May Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Students!

In April and May, we were pleased to welcome acupuncture students to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2) and Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3) in Littleton, Colorado. Congratulations to our students who completed the three modules of the Acupuncture Program and earned their certification as Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapists.

We also were excited to travel to Europe in May to hold our Canine Sports Medicine module at Het Waterhof in Velm, Belgium. We had a wonderful time in Belgium and very much enjoyed seeing our European colleagues once again!

Congratulations to all of our students working on their acupuncture and rehabilitation skills. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Acupuncture Module 2 class in April 2022
Students, faculty, and demo dogs took a class photo during Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2), held April 29-May 1 in Littleton, Colorado.
Acupuncture Module 3 class in May 2022
Students, shown with faculty and demo cats, completed their acupuncture training and earned their certification as CVATs during Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture, held May 27-29 in Littleton, Colorado.
Canine Sports Medicine class in May 2022 in Belgium
Back in Europe! Students, faculty and demo dogs gathered for a class photo outside Het Waterhof during Canine Sports Medicine, held May 21-23 in Velm, Belgium.
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.
Congratulations to Hippy, Winner of the Breezie Demo Dog Award!
Our June Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Hippy, a Labrador retriever born January 30, 2021, who lives with CRI faculty member Ellen Martens at Het Waterhof in Velm, Belgium.

Hippy was originally part of a breeding program for seeing-eye dogs. He spent his first 8 months with a foster family for pretraining. The seeing-eye group rejected poor Hippy for continuing training because of mild elbow disease and genetic tests revealing that he is a carrier of retinal degeneration.

At the age of 10 months he went to the first adoption family who brought him back after 3 weeks because they thought Hippy should practically be able to read and write. The second adoption family brought him back in 3 weeks because they had never had a dog and didn’t realize how much energy, attention, and work is needed. The seeing-eye group contacted Ellen, and she adopted him at the age of 13 months.
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Hippy does his best to look like the image on the screen during the Canine Sports Medicine module in Velm, Belgium. He is joined by CRI faculty members Ellen Martens (left) and Chris Zink.
Hippy adjusted really well with the other dogs in the house and did his first demo dog job after just 4 days at Het Waterhof. He is now 15.5 months, 4 weeks post-op for his coronoid disease, and doing very well. He makes a wonderful demo dog as he is gentle, well-behaved, fit, and eager to please.

In recognition of this honor, Hippy will receive a $50 gift certificate from Jiminy's good for any of their treats or dog food. Congratulations, Hippy, and enjoy your yummy Jiminy's treats!
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!
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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.
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 For more information about the practice, visit Please read the complete job posting for full details.
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For more information, download the Sponsorship Opportunities flier or contact Dwight Amstutz.
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CRI courses are held year-round in locations across the country and online. Visit our website at 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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