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In Our May 2020 Issue ...

A Message from Our CEO, Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR.courseupdate
We were very excited when our webinars on hot topics in rehabilitation and acupuncture sold out, so we will continue to offer them at least through the end of June. Go to Webinars for updates. More good news is that the recorded versions of all the webinars are now available in our CRI Member Library, which also includes many RACE-approved courses taught by our amazing faculty.
We have been busy converting our courses to hybrid versions so students can continue to learn even with all of the restrictions posed by the pandemic. This format includes pre-recorded lectures and live Zoom meetings. Any in-person labs sessions will be held later when it is safe for all involved. The response to the virtual Business of Canine Rehabilitation course was so positive that we plan to offer it again later this year. Our 7-week hybrid Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation will debut on June 4, and we are busy modifying Clinical Skills and Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing. If you are enrolled in any of these courses, you should have received an email from us.
Dr. Janet Van Dyke We appreciate the patience and flexibility - even some enthusiasm! - you have shown as we work to provide you with the best education in rehabilitation and acupuncture, even during this challenging time.
Stay safe! We hope to see you soon.
Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT
Founder and CEO
Register for Our Next CRI Faculty Hot Topics Webinars!webinars

We've had great success with our new CRI Faculty Hot Topics webinars and have scheduled two more webinars in the weeks ahead to cover other popular topics. 
Don't miss our next webinar coming up next Tuesday, June 2nd! 
Date / Time: Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT
Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
  • The use of opioids in pain management including tramadol, gabapentin and pregabalin; also, less commonly prescribed medications such as tricyclic anti-depressants and cannabinoids
  • How nutrition and omega 3 fatty acids apply in chronic pain management
Coming Up ...
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All our webinars are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 1 credit hour for participants in the live/interactive session. The video recordings of our webinars do not qualify for RACE certificates of attendance, but are included as bonus content in our CRI Member Library (formerly known as our Online CE Course Subscription).
All webinars use Zoom videoconferencing and are expected to be 50-60 minutes in length depending upon participation.  
Remember that each webinar has limited seats to allow for constructive interaction between faculty and attendees, so we encourage you to register now to secure your space.   
Watch this newsletter and check the Webinars page of our website for more updates.
An Update on CRI Internships.internshipsupdate

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.
words In the Words of Our Students ... 

"I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this program as a whole. A couple of years ago I completed the Intro course at [another organization]. It's got nothing on this program. The material, the way it was presented, the people teaching, the lecture videos, Joyce [Rudzitis] taking great care of us before and during the course, is impressive. I highly recommend this course even for GPs that don't care to move forward in rehabilitation because of how practical this information is for day-to day-general practice. I am looking forward to learning as much as I can! I am grateful for the opportunity to be taught from this program."
- Linda Ingle, DVM, Gainesville, Georgia
Earn CE Credits Online Through Our CRI Member Library!library

Our CRI Member Library can help you earn CE credits without needing to travel! During this time when it is difficult to get CE credits due to travel restrictions, the CRI Member Library is a wonderful way to fulfill most states' current requirements!
For $795, students can have unlimited access for one year to our CRI Member Library (formerly known as the Online CE Course Subscription)! The CRI Member Library includes 58+ hours of RACE-approved online courses taught by our expert faculty - and content continues to grow! Sports medicine content is being added each month until November. Our webinar recordings are also included as bonus content - six Acupuncture webinar recordings have just been added!

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Please note that our CRI Member Library is available to veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (including the exam). CCRPs are also welcome. Veterinary technicians/nurses need to submit a valid Employment Agreement Letter.

Also, please note that only one person may use a subscription login.
Online courses will no longer be offered individually with the exception of Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation.
Join Now button To get started, please visit the CRI Member Library page on the CRI website. Be sure to indicate in the Checkout process that you have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation or are a CCRP.
Woman and dog with laptop Introducing Our CRI Acupuncture Member Library!acupuncturelibrary

We are excited to announce that we have created a separate CRI Acupuncture Member 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 see our CRI Acupuncture Member Library page for complete details. Subscriptions will be available for purchase in early June.
e-Learning Therapeutic Handling Our Online Therapeutic Handling Course Is Open to Everyone!therapeutic

Did you know that one of our newer online courses - Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation - is open to everyone? This course has been getting great reviews from students.

"I thought this was very helpful course! It was packed with reminders for cueing into your patient, and helpful tips for assessing and helping provide enjoyable treatment sessions for the patient! Thank you!"
- Joy Alleman, DVM, CCRT, Watertown, Massachusetts

In this online course, rehabilitation therapists learn to eliminate anxiety and fear so they are better able to localize injuries, address pain, and implement treatment plans. Designed specifically for veterinary rehabilitation professionals, Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation provides information and skills to help prevent anxiety and fear and manage behaviors.

This course is now RACE approved by the AAVSB for 1 credit hour.

This 88-minute course is open to everyone and is taught by Sasha Foster and Ashley Foster. To learn more and register, please see the Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation course page.
Updated CCRVN_CCRA curriculum We've Updated Our CCRVN / CCRA Curriculum With New Options!ccrvn

Attention, veterinary technicians and nurses: We have made the decision to update the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing (CCRVN) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) program for veterinary technicians/nurses to provide the best possible education while also minimizing travel costs.
Starting June 1, 2020, the three modules for CCRVN / CCRA certification will be:
Things to know about the updated CCRVN / CCRA program:
Please see the CCRVN page on the website for complete details.
Please note that the Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing module is being offered just once in 2020 as a hybrid course starting in August 2020 - so we encourage you to register for this course while space is available! 
We Have Rescheduled Our Upcoming Acupuncture Courses.acupuncture    
Student in Acupuncture class Veterinarians: We have rescheduled our upcoming Acupuncture courses for 2020. We are limiting class size to 10 students to allow for social distancing and will notify registrants of any changes at least 30 days prior to the start of each module.
If you are ready to start Acupuncture certification, please contact us at so that we may notify you about our next series of courses.

If you have already started Acupuncture certification, we encourage you to register for the remaining modules and finish your certification as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist!

Our upcoming courses are:
Our August 2020 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course in the UK has been postponed. 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.
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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.
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 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.
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Register Now for Upcoming 2020 Courses! register
Registration is open for summer and fall 2020 courses! We are modifying several of our courses to use a combination of live interactive Zoom sessions and intensive in-person laboratory sessions with small groups of students to allow for proper social distancing. Please check the course pages for more details. Make plans to join us, and register today
The following classes are open for registration:  

  Live classes - U.S. and international:
Online classes:
Please check our website for the most up-to-date course schedule.

Remember that we also offer discounted 2-course packages for either (1) Clinical Skills (formerly Canine Rehabilitation Therapist) plus Clinical Applications or (2) Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing plus Canine Sports Medicine. Please see the 2-Course Packages section at the bottom of the Registration page for more details. If you are not sure when you plan to take a course, you may choose the option of a "Future" class. "Future" registrations may be subject to tuition increases. ( Learn more.)

If you have previously registered for a "Future" course and wish to attend a class that is now open for registration, be sure to contact CRI and tell us which course you would like to attend. This is the only way to guarantee you have a seat in the course.

Register today, and reserve your seats in these classes!
Interested in Our Ultrasound Courses? Please Contact Us.

Our June Introduction to Ultrasound Techniques and Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound courses have been postponed. We will reschedule the courses once Sound's Academy of Veterinary Imaging is ready to host students.  
If you are interested in attending our next ultrasound course, please contact us at to be placed on our waiting list.
Our New Therapeutic Exercise Course Has Been Scheduled for March 2021!

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Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT
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! 
Our Kinesiotaping and Orthopedics Courses Are Postponed.orthopedics

Our April Kinesiotaping and Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation courses have been postponed. We are working diligently to secure new dates for these important courses.

You may take these courses individually or take both courses together for a total of 20 credit hours (and a significant cost savings):
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Dr. Ross Palmer
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. 
Belgian flag Our May Courses in Belgium Have Been Postponed.vepra

We have postponed the following May 2020 courses in Belgium: 
We will work with our European colleagues to reschedule 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.
Australia outline with flag We Have Postponed Our July Introduction Module in Australia.australia

Due to the pandemic limiting international travel, we have elected to postpone our July Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module in Brisbane, Australia, until after the first of the year. We will work with our Australian colleagues at VetPrac to reschedule this course for 2021. Please watch for updates in this newsletter and on the Australian Program page of our website.
Flags of Australia and New Zealand Interested in an ANZCVS Chapter for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine?anzcvs

CRI graduate Dr. Yoko Clinch is asking veterinary professionals from Australia and New Zealand for support in creating a recognized specialty for rehabilitation and sports medicine. Dr. Clinch writes:

" I am writing to ask for your help in establishing a new chapter in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. The ANZCVS oversees Membership and Fellowship examinations for people with an interest in an area of veterinary science, and then the desire to become a recognised specialist (respectively) ."
Please see our website to read the complete letter from Dr. Clinch.
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Special Offer! Evidence-Based Resources at Your Fingertips - From Canine Arthritis Resources & EducationCARE

CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE). 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.
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Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw
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. Visit CARE and use coupon code CRI25 to receive 25% off the ANNUAL PRO membership.
PT Students: You Can Now Register for Rehabilitation Certification Courses Before Completing Your Degreept

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?vetstudentprograms

Veterinary student with white dog 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
The Tayla Fund Please Support The Tayla Fundtayla

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.

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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!ccrt     

We are excited to announce our updated Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) program for veterinarians and physical therapists.

Starting January 1, 2020, the three modules for CCRT certification will be:
  • Module 1: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. The content of this module will remain essentially the same. This is a 5-day course.
  • Module 2: Clinical Skills (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. 

Please see the CCRT page on our website for more details and the options for current students. Register today to reserve your seat!
Discount on CE Courses Available for VOS and AARV Members, and CRI Graduates.

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CRI is offering a 10% discount on most continuing education courses to members of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS) and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV), as well as CRI graduates (CCRTs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs).

Please visit our Continuing Education page for a list of eligible courses and our FAQ page for more details. Note that continuing education courses do not include core rehabilitation or acupuncture courses taken for certification.
Reserve Discounted Hotel Accommodations at the Sheraton Denver West!

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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.
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Are you following CRI on Facebook? Be sure to stay connected for the most up-to-date news and photos from our courses. Tag your friends and colleagues and share our posts to spread the word about veterinary rehabilitation!

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Have You Looked at CRI's Online Job Postings?jobs   

If you are considering a new position in canine rehabilitation, be sure to check out the Jobs page on the CRI website, which has dozens of listings. Recent postings include openings for rehabilitation veterinarians, physical therapists, and technicians/nurses in Alaska, Illinois, California, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, Singapore, Maryland, and Florida.

If you have a job opening that you would like to publicize, please use our online Job Posting Form to submit your listing.
protectedBe Careful With Protected Terms Such as "Physical Therapy" and "Veterinary Medicine." 

CRI students and graduates, please remember that you may only use protected terms such as "physical therapy" and "veterinary medicine" in your advertising materials if you are licensed in these fields. We discuss protected terms during Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, and we hope everyone continues to remember and follow the recommendations provided.
Survey check box CRI Graduates: Is Your Contact Information Still Correct?


If you are a CRI graduate, please check your listing in the Find a Therapist online directory and make sure the contact information is correct. If you have any updates, please email Joyce Rudzitis, CRI's chief operating officer.
OrthoPets Case Study: Benny    
We've asked our colleagues at OrthoPets to share case studies with us as a way of providing more education about orthotics and prosthetics.
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Benny in his first device.
Benny is a two-year-old Great Dane with a congenital angular limb deformity of his right front leg due to early growth plate closure. He works with our wonderful Southern California Partner Clinic, Dr. Goulard at Paws on the Go. Benny's deformity resulted in many complications for him including muscle atrophy, tendon and ligament contracture, and resulting limb length discrepancy, that were already affecting him even as a young dog.
He was initially considered as a possible partial amputation and a custom prosthetic, but due to his unusual bony anatomy his team, in consultation with OrthoPets, instead opted to begin in June 2019 with an unusual "hybrid" carpus and paw orthosis that featured a prosthetic-style extension to add length to make up for the missing height from his contracture.
Benny loved his first device so much that he very quickly refused to walk without it on! The first device was so successful in helping Benny to weight bear and develop more muscle and function in the affected limb that he progressed by January 2020 to a more typical carpal device with no need for the height extension. We can't wait to see what Benny's next steps will be!
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Benny in his second device.
Wheat Ridge Blood Donor Heroes Wanted ad Donor Heroes Wanted - Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Did you know that your dog can donate blood just like you?

Blood Donor Requirements
  • Overall good health & friendly disposition
  • 1-6 years of age
  • Over 55 lbs
  • Current on required vaccinations
  • Receives monthly heartworm prevention
Donor Responsibilities
Every 6-8 weeks (or as needed) your pet will be called upon to donate blood.  Donors will receive compensation for participation.

A single donation can save more than one life.
Coral Springs Animal Hospital job posting specialty surgical nurse Specialty Surgical Nurse - Coral Springs, Florida  

Coral Springs Animal Hospital (General Practice, Specialty Care & Emergency/Critical Care Practice, open 24/7/365) is accepting applications from enthusiastic, motivated, compassionate, dedicated, quality-minded technicians, CVTs, LVTs, RVTs (or equivalent experience). We practice professional, excellent veterinary medicine and surgery with the highest degree of ethics and integrity. We are looking for individuals who want to apply their veterinary nursing skills to the fullest and have a strong desire for professional advancement.

General Description:  Performs and/or assists with all aspects of surgical nursing, anesthesia monitoring/maintenance, pain management, pet owner communications, general patient care, and care/maintenance of work area(s) and equipment.

Required: Advanced Anesthesia and Specialty Surgery knowledge required.
Preferred: Associate degree in veterinary technology or CVT, LVT, or RVT.

To learn more, please see the complete job posting

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