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In Our March 2022 Issue ...

• A Message from Our CEO, Dr. Kara Amstutz
• COVID Vaccination with Booster or Negative Test Required for In-Person Classes
• Join Us for Canine Sports Medicine in Belgium in May ... or in Colorado in July!
• See Us at the April IVAPM and AAVA Conferences!
CRI to Bring Acupuncture to Europe in 2023!
• Fall and Winter Courses are Open for Registration!
• Congratulations to Obi, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month ... and more!
A Message from Our CEO, Dr. Kara Amstutz.

Spring is here, and as our year ramps up, I have a lot of exciting news to share with you!
Just last weekend, we had our first Canine Therapeutic Exercise continuing education course in Littleton, Colorado. The students in attendance had an amazing learning experience and are sure to have many new tools to help their patients moving forward. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Suzie Stoke for putting her heart and soul into this class! Many hours of tedious work go into building a great educational program, and her dedication to see it to completion is beyond comparison. If you missed this class but would like to attend our next offering, please watch our calendar for future dates!
Please join us April 3-5 at the IVAPM/AARV Pain Management Forum in Denver, Colorado. This is the first conference of its kind where veterinary pain and rehabilitation professionals come together to learn from each other and advance our field further. Please stop by the CRI booth and say hello! The following weekend, April 8-10, CRI will be at the AAVA meeting in Memphis. Our very own Dr. Bonnie Wright is the keynote speaker. Please stop by the CRI booth and say hello!
Our next RACE-approved continuing education course, Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses, will take place April 8-10 at the OrthoPets headquarters in Westminster, Colorado. There are few seats left if you would like to attend; please contact us at
We are thankful and cautiously optimistic about expanding CRI beyond the U.S. borders soon! May 21-23 brings our first international course offering in Belgium since the pandemic began. Dr. Chris Zink will be presenting her Canine Sports Medicine course at the beautiful Het Waterhof facility in Velm.
Can't make it to Belgium but really want to learn more about managing canine athletes? Dr. Zink also will be teaching her Canine Sports Medicine course at CVSG in Littleton, Colorado in July. There are a few seats remaining in this sought-after course. Sign up today for 24+ hours of RACE-approved CE!
We have been in communication with our friends at Sound Veterinary Imaging to arrange our next Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course. They are building a second teaching facility in Carlsbad, California which will allow for additional dates. We are encouraged to see that we will likely have dates to offer in the fourth quarter of 2022 or first quarter in 2023. We know there is immense interest in this course and can’t wait to help facilitate it for you!
Happy Spring!

Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA
Resident, American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
CEO, Canine Rehabilitation Institute
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COVID-19 Vaccination With Booster or Negative Test Required for In-Person Class Participants.

Canine Rehabilitation Institute requires all individuals attending in-person classes to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including the booster, except for individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from being eligible for vaccination. If you have a medical exemption, you must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48-72 hours before the start of class. Negative results must be sent to us electronically at least 24 hours before the start of the first day of class.

If you have registered for an in-person class, CRI will contact you and provide a link so you may submit your proof of COVID vaccination or negative test. If you have any questions, please contact us at
Join Us for Canine Sports Medicine in Belgium in May ... or in Colorado in July!
Het Waterhof in Belgium
Just a few seats are open for our Canine Sports Medicine module, to be held May 21-23 at Het Waterhof in Velm, Belgium! Enjoy spring in the picturesque Belgian countryside while learning about canine sports medicine, 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 expert faculty member Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA, who lectures internationally about canine sports medicine. If you are interested in this course, please contact Ellen Martens at for more details.

Can't make it to Belgium? Great news! The same course also will be held in Colorado in July! Register now for Canine Sports Medicine July 8-10, 2022, at CVSG in Littleton, Colorado! We encourage nurses/technicians in our CCRVN program to take the April Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module and the July Canine Sports Medicine module. We believe this combination is the BEST way for nurses to earn their CCRVN! Please contact us at with any questions.
In the Words of Our Students ... 

"[Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation] was fabulous. All the instructors were brilliant and generous with their time and knowledge. Very well run and designed. It was jam packed with value. Appreciated how rigorous and challenging the course was. Instructors always built me up when correcting me and I left with a grown confidence I can pull off this career change with more tutelage!"
– Alexander Bennett, DPT, Grants Pass, Oregon
Meet CRI Faculty at These April Conferences!

CRI will be at the IVAPM/AARV Pain Management Forum in Denver in April and the AAVA Annual Meeting in Memphis in April. If you are attending these events, come visit our booth, talk with our faculty and staff, and find out more about our rehabilitation and acupuncture programs!
April 3-5
Visit CRI in Denver at the Pain Management Forum, hosted by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) in conjunction with the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV). CRI faculty members Dr. Bonnie Wright and Dr. Susan Neary will be lecturing at this event. This is an amazing way to earn CE credit and to stay up to date with all of the new tips and tricks in pain management.
April 8-10
Be sure to see CRI at the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) Annual Meeting in Memphis. Dr. Bonnie Wright will be the keynote speaker at this meeting.
Congratulations to Dr. Kara Amstutz on Her New Research Publication!

Congratulations to Dr. Kara Chappell Amstutz whose research article was just published by the Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics! Read her article here.
Get Hands-On Experience With Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses in Our April Course!
A few seats still remain for our popular V-OP course — Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses — being held April 8-10, 2022, at OrthoPets headquarters in Westminster, Colorado, just outside Denver.

This 2.5-day course is taught by Dr. Felix Duerr and OrthoPets founder Martin Kaufmann. Students will gain hands-on experience in thoracic-limb and pelvic-limb fiberglass impression techniques and have opportunities to discuss patient evaluation and treatment options for specific conditions and injuries. Students also will have the unique opportunity to tour a V-OP device manufacturing facility nearby.

Don't wait — register now to reserve your seat!
Register Now for Our Fall 2022 Acupuncture Series!
Veterinarians: Interested in pursuing acupuncture training in Europe? We are planning to bring our Acupuncture Program to Europe in 2023. For more details, contact us at

Registration is now open for our remaining Spring 2022 modules, our Fall 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package (which includes a $500 discount) and our individual 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. To encourage students to complete the three modules in the most effective way with the best retention of material, we will provide a $500 discount for anyone who registers for and attends all three modules in sequence. Please see the Acupuncture Program page for complete details.

Acupuncture modules are held in person in Littleton, Colorado, with small group sizes. The following discounted 3-module package is open for registration:

You also may register for the following individual Spring and Fall 2022 modules at this time:

Remember, save $500 when you register for all three modules in our new 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package. Please see the Course Schedule on our website for all 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

"Excellent course."
– Julie Letosky, DVM, CCRP, Avon, Ohio

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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Register for Fall and Winter Courses!
We have opened registration for more fall and winter courses, and spaces are filling up quickly! Register today to save your seat in the location you prefer!

Veterinary technicians/nurses: Our Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module in April 2022 is almost full! This course includes independent study and an in-person session on April 23-25 in Littleton, Colorado. (Note: Due to improved online content, we are able to provide all necessary pre-course materials without needing an interactive Zoom session.) We encourage all eligible nurses to sign up now before the class is sold out. Register today to reserve your seat!

We are offering a $350 discount for any nurses who take our Canine Sports Medicine module 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.)

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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Interested in a Canine Exercise Physiology Course in Alaska?

CRI is working on plans for a proposed Canine Exercise Physiology course in the beautiful Susitna Valley in Alaska. This 5-day course will be taught by Dr. Michael Davis, DACVIM, past president of ACVSMR, and will provide a comprehensive presentation of canine exercise physiology combined with hands-on experience with elite canine athletes: Iditarod dogs!

Attendees will be trained how to drive a sled dog team, and will have the opportunity to drive their own team one afternoon in the vast wilderness of this area with stunning views of Denali. This will be 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.

Dates are tentatively set for January 21-25, 2023. Seating is limited. If you are interested, contact us at to be put on our list for this class.
Listen to a New Interview with Dr. Kara Amstutz!

Dr. Kara Amstutz was recently interviewed about her career and starting a business. This interview was conducted in Springfield, Missouri with the local iHeartRadio station for International Women's Day. Click here to listen to this great conversation about being a veterinarian, owner, wife and mother.
Watch Dr. Janet Van Dyke in This New "Beyond Badass" Interview!

Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI’s founder, was recently interviewed as part of a podcast series, “Beyond Badass: How Fierce Women Get It Done,” hosted by former ABC News anchor Ann Abernethy. Learn how canine rehabilitation and CRI got started, and hear about her efforts to mentor and empower women in the veterinary field.
Have You Seen CRI's Public TV Segment?

We are excited to announce that CRI's promotional piece for our Public TV program was shown nationally on Fox Business News in September, and our longer video segment is now being shown on 400 Public TV networks across the country. To see it, check your local programming for Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid.
We created this programming to help pet owners better understand the benefits of canine rehabilitation and know how to find a qualified rehabilitation therapist. Be sure to share this with your friends, colleagues and pet owners!
To see CRI's full-length video (just over 8 minutes long), visit the News page on our website.
Interested in Our Next Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Class?
We are planning to hold our next Introduction to Ultrasound Techniques / Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course during the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023 at Sound's Academy of Veterinary Imaging in Arlington, Texas.

Our August 2021 course sold out quickly and received great feedback from students:

"The entire class was extremely useful and appropriate for the audience. The instructors were excellent and provided different tips and tricks. The instructors made a challenging area of vetmed understandable and easy to learn. Thank you!!!!"
– Carolina Medina, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVT, CVFT, CCRT, DACVSMR, Coral Springs, Florida

"Great course. I'll take it again after I've had some time to practice."
– Kenneth Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR, Moorpark, California

If you are interested in attending the next course, please contact us at so we can add your name to our interest list.
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CCRVN Students: Learn About Our Certification Program Updates.

We are making a few changes to our CCRVN certification program for veterinary nurses/technicians to improve the elective portion of the program. These changes apply to students who take the Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module in 2022 or later.

  • CCRVN students that choose Canine Sports Medicine for their elective can take a $350 discount in the course fee.

For CCRT candidates, our current format is:

For CCRVN 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.
Residents: Need to Complete a Research Project?

Are you an intern or resident who needs to complete a research project? Our comprehensive Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course can take you from "How to write a hypothesis" to launching your pilot study.
We are planning to offer this course in 2022. Please contact us to add your name to our interest list. This online course, led by faculty member Dr. Chris Zink, includes 10 live discussions held once a week and is limited to 15 students to allow ample time for interaction.
Visit our website to learn more about our special discount for ACVSMR and VOS residents. Residents: join VOS to get 25% off the tuition!
Our Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course has received great reviews from students!
"I absolutely loved this class. Chris's enthusiasm for research as well as her openness to people who are not in academia as nascent researchers was refreshing. As someone who went directly into practice rather than the internship route, it was very helpful in defining the research process from how to form a solid hypothesis from a germ of an idea all the way to writing the paper. It also provided a basis to read journal articles with a more critical eye. The tips that Chris provided from her years of experience in the research field were invaluable."
- Beth Ellen McNamara, DVM, CCRT, CVMA, CVAT, Harrison, Maine

"I learnt a great deal during this course and look forward to putting it into practice. Thank you."
- Tanya Grantham, BVSc, CVA, CCRP, CCBW, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
"Wonderful course - I learned so much."
- Sheradan Pate, DVM, CVA, CCRT, Pismo Beach, Hawaii
During the course, students receive a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting, covering the entire process from concept to publication.
Please contact us at to add your name to our interest list for this class.
CRI Faculty and Graduates Selected for New PulseVet Small Animal Advisory Board.

CRI is honored to have three faculty members and graduates selected for PulseVet's new Small Animal Advisory Board. Congratulations to CRI faculty members Dr. Janet Van Dyke, Dr. Leilani Alvarez, and Dr. Carolina Medina for their selection to this board. The PulseVet Small Animal Advisory Board includes well-recognized leaders in veterinary orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation in both academia and private practice. Read more.
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

Effect of Weight Reduction on Clinical Signs of Lameness in Dogs with Hip Osteoarthritis.

The Study: Nine client-owned dogs with hind limb lameness, radiographic evidence of hip osteoarthritis, and who were 11-12% greater than their ideal body weight were evaluated to determine if weight loss would influence clinical signs.

Study Limitations: Small sample size.

Impact on Clinical Practice: Per the authors, “Dogs lost between 11 and 18% of initial body weight. Body weight, body condition score, and severity of hind limb lameness were all significantly decreased at the end of the weight-loss period.”

This study supports weight loss as a primary rehabilitation goal for dogs with hip osteoarthritis.
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.
Read a sample article below:

Early Diagnosis of OA: Identifying DODs

Developmental Orthopedic Diseases (DOD) are the most common cause of lameness in growing dogs. Examples of DODs include:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Osteochondrosis/ Osteochondritis Dissecans (OC/OCD)
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
  • Patellar Luxation

All of these conditions affect the joint(s) and will lead to osteoarthritis (OA).

Subscribe for FREE to gain access to more CARE resources. CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of CARE.
Learn More About Continuing Education Opportunities from Onlinepethealth.

Hi Vetrehabbers, April promises to be an educational month as we welcome Dr. Theresa Pancotta to discuss the diagnosis and rehabilitation of Degenerative Myelopathy and Dr. Andrea Henderson to discuss Lumbosacral Stenosis in our Small Animal patients. Lee Clark joins us to discuss saddle and rider symmetry as well as returning the injured horse back to work in our equine patients.

On the Hydro platform, Ansi van der Walt joins us to discuss the role of Hydrotherapy in the treatment of medial shoulder syndrome.

You can watch these webinars through the respective Onlinepethealth Members portals for Veterinary Rehabilitation therapists, or purchase a ticket through our website:
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, Clinical Skills, any time after their second year. After their third year, they can take the last module, Clinical Applications, followed by a 40-hour internship. 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.
Congratulations to Our March Rehabilitation and Acupuncture Students!

March was a busy month at CRI with courses being held in Florida and Colorado, and online!

In March, we were pleased to welcome students from our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Clinical Applications modules at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida. It was great to use CSAH's new classroom space and state-of-the-art audiovisual system for portions of our class.

We also were excited to welcome students to our brand-new Canine Therapeutic Exercise course in Littleton, Colorado. Students gave this new class glowing reviews:

"The way that Suzie Stoke organized to the plan and method that she taught was absolutely effective, complete, and easily learned and applied. I was able to apply immediately for the world class agility and conformation clients coming in immediately before the NE region championships the next week. Thanks so much!!"
Margarethe Garrett, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVTP, COAM, CCRP, Evansville, Indiana

"One of the best classes that I have ever taken!! Learning why we pick specific exercise is very practical to the day-to-day work that we do."
Yuko Eguchi-Coe, DVM, CVA, CVTP, CVH, CVFT, CVMMP, CCRT, Corvallis, Oregon

We also started our Spring 2022 Acupuncture series with Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) in Littleton, Colorado, and we had a great group of students complete our online Business of Canine Rehabilitation course held via Zoom!

Congratulations to all of these students who are working on strengthening their knowledge and skills in rehabilitation and acupuncture. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation March 2022 class photo
Students and faculty posed for a class photo during Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, held March 2-5 in Coral Springs, Florida.
Canine Therapeutic Exercise March 2022 class photo
Students, faculty and a demo dog gathered for a class photo during our brand-new Canine Therapeutic Exercise course, held March 19-20 in Littleton, Colorado. Read our students' great course reviews above!
Acupuncture Module 1 March 2022 class photo
Students, faculty and demo dogs took a class photo during Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) held March 25-27 in Littleton, Colorado.
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.
Make Your Hotel Reservations for Summer and Fall Classes in Colorado!

CRI has arranged discounted rates at the Element Denver Park Meadows near Littleton, Colorado for our upcoming summer and fall classes.

Please check our our Littleton, Colorado Travel page and our Coral Springs, Florida Travel page for more details about hotels and reservation links!
The Element Denver Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colorado, is offering studio suites from $89-94 per night plus tax, subject to availability. The Element is an all-suite Silver LEED-certified hotel with fully equipped kitchens and many rooms with mountain views. Pets are welcome with a $50 pet fee. The Element provides complimentary breakfast, parking, and high speed internet, as well as free access to an indoor saline pool, fitness center, and business center.
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center in Coral Springs, Florida, is offering a standard room with breakfast for one person, subject to availability. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor heated pool. Pets are welcome with a $50 pet fee.
Congratulations to Obi, Winner of the Breezie Demo Dog Award!
Our March Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Obi — "the boy, the myth, the legend." He wasn't always the talk of the town. Unfortunately, this good boy was abandoned at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. Hard to believe! He was adored by many, but eventually ended up with his new mom Danielle Pineiro, who is a surgery nurse at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. He went from the streets of Coral Springs to Boca Raton, living with a surgical veterinary nurse and a veterinarian. What a life! He has definitely made himself comfortable as a basic Boca pup with his brother Kai and sister Nugget.

Obi loves to share his fabulous physique with our students, and his funny sense of humor keeps us all smiling!

In recognition of this honor, Obi will receive a $50 gift certificate from Jiminy's good for any of their treats or dog food. Congratulations, Obi, 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!
Stay Connected With CRI on 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!
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 Jobs page on the CRI website, which has numerous listings. Recent postings include openings for rehabilitation veterinarians, physical therapists, and technicians/nurses in Florida, Wales (UK), Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, California, Michigan, Indiana, Nevada, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana.

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.
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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.
Thank You to the Following Sponsors for Their Support!

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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