An Update About CRI Courses and a Special Offer for Online Learning.
Everyone at CRI shares in your concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the challenges this places on veterinary practices, PT practices, teaching hospitals, and the pet-owning public. We are following the CDC updates and making changes to our scheduled courses accordingly.
At this time, we have canceled all live courses through May 31 and are working with our CCRT and CCRVN registrants to reschedule them into later modules. We will begin to reschedule our continuing education courses as soon as we have a clearer picture of the anticipated progress of the pandemic.
In the meantime, we encourage you to continue your education through online learning opportunities, including our Online CE Course Subscription as well as our Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course that will begin in late May.
To help facilitate online learning, we are offering our annual Online CE Course Subscription for $625 (a 20% savings) through April 3rd.
This annual subscription provides 58 hours of RACE-approved credit, accessible from your home or office. We are continuing to add new content to the subscription, with Sports Medicine modules being added monthly starting April 1st. Please read more
and register by April 3, 2020, to receive the discounted price.
Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT
Founder and CEO
An Update on CRI Internships.
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 you should wait until all social distancing policies have been lifted before planning to schedule any internship. 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 to defer internships to later dates.
Learn How to Conduct Research in Our Online Veterinary Clinical Research Course!
Ready to learn more about conducting research and developing your own study? Whether you are in private practice or an intern or resident pursuing advanced degrees, this course is a
for you! Register now for our
Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research
course, taught by veteran CRI faculty member
Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA
This online course runs from May 25 to August 3 and includes 10 online discussions held once a week. This course is RACE approved for 20 credit hours.
In the course, Dr. Zink provides a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting and guides students from concept to publication. Each participant will begin by developing a research hypothesis that matches their interests and clinical case loads, and then will design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study.
Each week participants will be required to:
- View one hour of video lecture on their own time (usually divided into shorter lectures totaling one hour)
- Read assignments from the two required texts
- Work 2-4 hours on assignments
- Participate in a 1-hour live discussion (Audio recordings of weekly discussions will be available for download.)
Special Offer! Save 20% on Our Online CE Course Subscription Through April 3rd!
To help facilitate online learning, we are offering our annual Online CE Course Subscription for $625 (a 20% savings) through April 3rd! This annual subscription allows you to continue learning from CRI's expert faculty from your home or office, on your schedule.
Our subscription currently contains 58 hours of RACE-approved credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses - and the number of credit hours is growing! Our Pain Management course is being updated and is temporarily unavailable, but starting April 1st, we will be adding one new Sports Medicine module per month until November.
Also, please note that only one person may use a subscription login.
To get started, please visit the
Continuing Education page
on the CRI website to sign up for an Online CE Course Subscription. Be sure to indicate in the Checkout process that you have completed
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
or are a CCRP.
Register by Friday, April 3 to receive the $625 discounted price!
In the Words of Our Students ...
"Overall, this course
[Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation] was the highest quality continuing education course I have ever attended! From start to finish, everyone was professional, clear and concise, and appealed to every type of learner."
- Heather Smyrski, DPT, Cert. MDT, C2 Cert. SST, Holtsville, New York
Our Online Therapeutic Handling Course Is Open to Everyone!
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.
Interested in Our Ultrasound Courses? Please Contact Us.
Anyone who is interested in attending our next ultrasound course should contact us at
to be placed on our new waiting list.
The dates for the next course will be announced this summer.
Our New Therapeutic Exercise Course Has Been Scheduled for March 2021!
We are excited to announce a new course in the works for 2021 -
Therapeutic Exercise in Canine Rehabilitation
! This course is tentatively scheduled for March 20-21, 2021, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and will be taught by CRI faculty member
Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT
The Therapeutic Exercise in Canine Rehabilitation course provides students with extensive understanding of how exercise affects tissue physiology. Students will learn to evaluate and apply appropriate exercises for different stages of healing and to progress exercises through the rehabilitation phase and into the return to activity phase. Detailed exercises programs are presented, demonstrated and practiced for in clinic and at home, relating to orthopedic, neurological, post operative, geriatric and canine athlete cases.
Watch our newsletter and website for more details!
We Have Rescheduled Our Upcoming Acupuncture Courses.
We have rescheduled our upcoming Acupuncture courses for 2020. If you have taken Acupuncture Module 1, we encourage you to register for Modules 2 and 3 later this summer and finish your certification as a
Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist
If you are ready to get started with Acupuncture certification, we will offer Module 1 again in November.
Our upcoming courses are:
We also have postponed our August 2020 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course in the UK. We hope to reschedule this course for 2021.
Remember, save $200 when you register for Acupuncture Modules 1 and 2 or Acupuncture Modules 2 and 3 as a 2-course package.
You are eligible to enroll in our Acupuncture modules after your first year of veterinary school. Please see our
Veterinary Student Certification page
for details and information about our 20% student discount.
Modules 1-3 are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours each. Our Acupuncture Program has received rave reviews! Please
see our website
to learn more.
Our Kinesiotaping and Orthopedics Courses Are Postponed.
You may take these courses individually or take both courses together for a total of 20 credit hours (and a significant cost savings):
Both courses are RACE approved by the AAVSB.
Our special guest lecturer for Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation is Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
These courses are designed to take your rehabilitation skills to the next level! Surgery or non-surgical treatment? Want to improve your gait analysis skills? How do you design the most appropriate treatment plan? What is kinesiotaping all about?
We will provide an update when new dates for these courses are confirmed.
We Have Postponed Our Business of Canine Rehabilitation Course.
Note: We have postponed our March Business of Canine Rehabilitation course. We will provide an update when we have set new dates.
Thinking about opening your own practice? Could the management of your current practice be improved?
The Business of Canine Rehabilitation
veterinarians, physical therapists, practice managers, veterinary nurses ...
anyone wanting to know how to open, manage, and improve the bottom line for a canine rehabilitation practice.
The teaching team will include a veterinarian and two physical therapists who have all run busy, successful rehabilitation practices. Interactive discussions will give you plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Do you have a business plan? What about staffing requirements? Equipping your practice? Marketing? Are you thinking about transitioning from general practice to rehabilitation/integrative practice? This class is your opportunity to learn how to incorporate rehabilitation into your practice in a way that benefits your clients - and your bottom line!
This course sold out the last time it was offered, so plan to take this class!
"This course was excellent. I am a business owner DVM looking to start a separate rehabilitation practice in conjunction with our general practice. I brought my business partner/hospital manager who has no rehabilitation experience. She also found the course excellent, particularly how the business perspective associated with the various permutations of a rehabilitation practice was presented."
- Erin True, DVM, Elk Grove, California
"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
"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
Our Three May Courses in Belgium Have Been Postponed.
We have postponed our May 2020 courses in Belgium. We will work with our European colleagues to reschedule these courses as soon as the World Health Organization advises that it is safe to do so.
Please watch this newsletter and the
European Program page
of our website for updates about rescheduled courses. If you have any questions, please contact Het Waterhof at
. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Seats Are Limited for Our July Introduction Module in Australia!
This exciting module covers the anatomy, biomechanics, manual techniques, physical modalities, and therapeutic exercises needed to successfully practice canine rehabilitation. Small class size, loads of demo dogs, and a friendly, talented faculty assure that you will leave this course confirmed in the skills that you need.
Please visit the VetPrac website to
for this course. Contact us at
if you have any questions.
CCRVN Candidates: Register Now for August Courses!
If you are working on your CCRVN certification, be sure to
for these courses while space is available!
Special Offer! Evidence-Based Resources at Your Fingertips - From Canine Arthritis Resources & Education
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions you will see in your practice, with at least 1 in 5 dogs developing the disease in their lifetime. As the leading cause of chronic pain, OA can have a significant impact on the quality of life for your patients, and for your clients who are caring for dogs in pain.
While OA isn't curable, the earlier you can identify and manage it, the better impact you can have on your patients' quality of life. With CARE, you'll find tools, resources, and evidence-based information to help aid you in your practice.
CARE was founded by CRI faculty member
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR
, as a central resource to answer the most common questions about OA that she encounters from colleagues around the world. The website covers everything from diagnosing developmental orthopedic diseases to nutrition and weight loss, rehabilitation, pain management, lifestyle modifications, and more. There are resources to share with clients, as well as extensive, evidence-based content for dog owners to help them manage their dog's OA at home.
CARE is offering a special through CRI.
use coupon code CRI25
to receive 25% off the
Register Now for 2020 Courses!
Live classes - U.S. and international:
The following classes are open for registration:
- July 10-12: Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2), Wheat Ridge, Colorado
- July 27-31: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Brisbane, Australia
- August 8-12: Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
- August 14-16: Canine Sports Medicine, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
- August 21-23: Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3), Wheat Ridge, Colorado
- September 19-23: Clinical Skills, Coral Springs, Florida
- November 13-15: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1), Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Please check our website for the most up-to-date
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
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. (
If you have previously registered for a "Future" course and wish to attend a class that is now open for registration,
be sure to
and tell us which course you would like to attend. This is the only way to guarantee you have a seat in the course.
, and reserve your seats in these classes!
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!
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,
, any time after their second year. After their third year, they can take the last module,
, followed by a 40-hour
. 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
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.
Our Updated CCRT Curriculum Begins in 2020!
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 (formerly 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
on our website for more details and the options for current students.
to reserve your seat!
Congratulations to Our February Clinical Applications Students and Our March Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture Students!
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).
Discount on CE Courses Available for VOS and AARV Members, and CRI Graduates.
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.
Reserve Discounted Hotel Accommodations at the Sheraton Denver West!
CRI has arranged discounted rates at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel through October 2020. The Sheraton is providing a complimentary daily hotel shuttle to and from Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. It also features complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms, complimentary self parking, and free access to the indoor pool and fitness center. Please check our Wheat Ridge Travel page for reservation links, and be sure to reserve your room before the cut-off dates to ensure the group rate.
Congratulations to Bean, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month!
Our March Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Bean, the beloved companion of Dr. Angelikie Zafiris, an emergency/critical care veterinarian at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.
Dr. Zafiris describes Bean as a "wacky" female spayed greyhound who is approximately 9 years old. Bean was originally obtained by a local emergency facility after sustaining a track-related injury (tarsal fracture). At that time, her fracture was repaired, and she very willingly enrolled in a blood donor program, saving the lives of the many anemic puppies of the world. After two years of being a blood donor, she was adopted by her current mommy and has been living "the life" ever since.
"Bean is a goofy, free spirited, love machine that is like no other greyhound known to man," Dr. Zafiris adds. "She enjoys long runs on the beach and submersing herself in water; although folks, don't let her fool you, she will sink like a log. She loves to wear pajamas in the cold weather and is most notably known for her short wiggly tail, long tongue and silly personality. Bean is overwhelmingly loved by all the amazing nurses at CSAH and was recently gifted the most fitting collar; covered with hearts, rainbows and unicorn guinea pigs by Theresa (one of the night nurses)."
CRI faculty member Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA, explains why Bean was chosen for the Breezie Demo Dog Award: "Bean was a superstar the last two courses I have worked with her. Everyone in the hospital knows her too - as you walk her out to potty or to class, the employees passing by exclaim "Bean!" similar to the show "Cheers" with "Norm!" She is super patient with the students and allows for easy palpation. She is just a sweet and gentle girl. Love her."
In recognition of this honor, Bean will receive a gift bag from
valued at $50. Congratulations, Bean!
||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!
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
on the CRI website, which has dozens of listings. Recent postings include a practice for sale and openings for rehabilitation veterinarians, physical therapists, and technicians/nurses in California, Alaska, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, Singapore, Maryland, Florida, and Washington.
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.
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.
OrthoPets Case Study: Finn
We've asked our colleagues at OrthoPets to share case studies with us as a way of providing more education about orthotics and prosthetics.
Finn is a 4-year-old male border collie who was presented to Avondale Veterinary Healthcare in Iowa in September 2019 for radial nerve paralysis of his left thoracic limb after jumping out of a car window 6 months prior. On the physical exam, his carpal extension was 150 degrees and flexion was 33 degrees. He had muscle atrophy of this triceps, biceps, and trapezoids, and good control of his elbow. He also had a wound on the dorsum of his paw due to dragging the limb.
The original plan for Finn was to try to utilize a carpal orthotic (dog wrist brace) to slowly gain extension of the carpus. When OrthoPets received the case and media, they had concerns about the triceps function and the possibility of gaining extension due to the length of the injury. The owners elected to visit the OrthoPets team at Colorado State University to verify.
The evaluation by Martin Kaufmann and the team at CSU determined that Finn had impressive triceps control and would benefit from an accommodative-style hybrid orthotic/prosthetic to return his extension to the ground in a normal alignment.
Finn returned to Dr. Christie Carlo's care in Iowa and was fitted with the hybrid device. He took to it right away and is regularly attending rehabilitation to gain better elbow extension. His paw wound has healed as well. Finn's quality of life is now back to normal. He is very active and enjoys chasing the ball in the device!
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
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.
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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
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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Don't forget that CCRTs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs are eligible for a 10% discount on most CRI Continuing Education Courses!