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In Our May 2022 Issue ...

• A Message from Our CEO, Dr. Kara Amstutz
• Join Us for Canine Sports Medicine in Belgium in May ... or in Colorado in July!
• We Had a Great Time at April Meetings ... and Congratulations to Our Two Winners!
CRI to Bring Acupuncture to Europe and Australia in 2023!
• Register Now for Fall and Winter Courses!
• Learn About CCRVN Program Updates for 2023
• Congratulations to Maui, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month ... and more!
A Message from Our CEO, Dr. Kara Amstutz.

Hello, friends!
The CRI team has had an eventful few weeks! We enjoyed seeing many familiar faces at the IVAPM/AARV Pain Management Forum in Denver. Not only was the meeting fantastic, it was inspiring to be around so many professionals that care about pets’ mobility and the chance to live a pain-free life.

The following weekend we were busy learning the ins and outs of Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses with our friends at the OrthoPets headquarters. Dr. Martin Kaufmann and Dr. Felix Duerr both did an excellent job of teaching the science and tricks of the trade to our students. I am thankful for this collaboration with such an amazing group!

Dr. Bonnie Wright had an impressive presence at the AAVA meeting April 8-10 as well. I am very proud that our CRI faculty are so active in our community educating veterinarians how acupuncture can help their patients.

Finally, we are working on placing the final touches on the “Exercise Physiology of the Working Canine” course to be held in Alaska in January 2023. There is a large interest in this course and our wait list is growing. Registration will open soon!

Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA
Resident, American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
CEO, Canine Rehabilitation Institute
Join Us for Canine Sports Medicine in Belgium in May ... or in Colorado in July!
Courses 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 July Canine Sports Medicine module. We believe this hands-on course is a great way for our students to earn their CCRVN! Please contact us at with any questions.
In the Words of Our Students ... 

"Excellent teaching and content covered [in the Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module]. The hands-on labs were great and both practical and useful. Excellent experience."
– Madeline Gloor, Veterinary Assistant, Des Moines, Iowa
We Had a Great Time Connecting With Colleagues at April Conferences!
We had a great time in April at both the IVAPM/AARV Pain Management Forum in Denver and again at the AAVA Annual Meeting in Memphis. It was wonderful to have opportunities to connect with past, current, and future students at both events!

We were also so pleased to have loads of interest in our Acupuncture Program from those who are new to the field as well as those who are certified through a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) program.
Dr. Kara Amstutz and Nutmeg
Dr. Kara and her dog Nutmeg, who was the star of the IVAPM/AARV Pain Management Forum!
... And Congratulations to Our Two Winners!
We also are excited to announce the winners of our two drawings, one at the IVAPM/AARV meeting and the other at the AAVA meeting.

  • Dr. Erica Davis is the winner of our $500 tuition credit to be applied to our 3-module acupuncture certification program.

  • Dr. Anna Portnoy is the winner of our $500 tuition credit to be applied to our 3-module acupuncture program for veterinarians who are already certified in TCVM.

Congratulations to our winners!
Attend the June 23-25 ANZCVS Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Chapter Stream — in Australia or Online!

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

To learn more, see the event flier and visit the official registration website at

CRI graduate Yoko Clinch, BSc, BVMS (Hons), MANZCVS, CCRT, serves as president of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
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.
Register Now for Our Discounted 3-Module Acupuncture Package!
Veterinarians: Interested in pursuing acupuncture training in Australia or Europe? We are planning to bring our Acupuncture Program to Australia and Europe in 2023. For more details, contact us at

Registration is now open for our 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package (which includes a $500 discount) and individual spring and fall acupuncture modules! If you are thinking about acupuncture certification, sign up today before our modules are sold out!

We are now offering our three Acupuncture Program modules twice each year, with one set in the spring and one set in the fall. We will provide a $500 discount for anyone who registers for and attends all three modules in sequence. Students may now combine spring and fall modules into one package. Please see the Acupuncture Program page for complete details.

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

CRI offers a discounted 3-module package:

Students also may register for the following individual modules:

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

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

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

"Incredible. I learned so much and love all the hands-on opportunity. 10/10 would recommend."
– Amanda Stuart, DVM, CCRT, Truckee, California

Acupuncture Modules 1-3 are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours each. Visit our website to learn more, and register today to reserve your seat!
Watch our video to learn more about our acupuncture modules.
"Instructors are great; things I should have learned in vet school I’m learning now with good, practical applications."
– Eileen Gillen, DVM, CCRT, Santa Ynez, California
Veterinary students: You are eligible to enroll in our Acupuncture modules after your first year of veterinary school. Please see our Veterinary Student Certification page for information about our 20% student discount.

Already certified? If you are already certified in acupuncture, be sure to check out our accelerated program for more hands-on training and increased knowledge of neurophysiology-based acupuncture. In the accelerated program, students watch the online videos for two of the three modules, and then attend one live module (either Module 2 or 3) for additional hands-on training. For the live module, we strongly recommend students attend Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2). Students must watch the videos from Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) before taking the in-person module.
CRI's Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist Program is recognized by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the U.S. affiliate of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Those enrolled in our program can sign up at as active members. Upon successful completion of the CVAT program, graduates can notify AAVA, and their status will be changed to credentialed members of AAVA.
Earn 80+ CE Credits Through Our CRI Member Library!
Our CRI Member Library is continuing to grow! We have just added our new 3-hour Feline Rehabilitation and Pain Management course and our recent webinar "Practical Application of Shock Wave Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation" to the CRI Member Library.

For $795, students can have unlimited access for one year to our CRI Member Library! The CRI Member Library now includes 80+ hours of RACE-approved online courses taught by our expert faculty — and content continues to grow! The CRI Member Library is a great way to fulfill most states' current continuing education requirements without needing to travel!

Already have a subscription to the CRI Member Library? Renew your annual subscription for a $250 renewal fee! We have added hours of continuing education content this year and will continue to add more online content in 2022.

Veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians/nurses that have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (including the exam) can subscribe. CCRPs are also welcome to subscribe. Veterinary technicians/nurses need to submit a valid Employment Agreement Letter.
See the CRI Member Library page on our website to learn more and sign up today! Be sure to indicate in the Checkout process that you have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation or are a CCRP.
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class photo
Register Now for Fall and Winter Courses!
Seats in our fall and winter courses are filling up quickly! Register today to reserve your space!

Veterinary technicians/nurses: We are offering a $350 discount for any nurses who take our Canine Sports Medicine module this year as their elective for CCRVN certification. Registration is now open for our July 8-10 module in Littleton, Colorado. Register today and make sure you have a seat!

Our core rehabilitation courses combine online coursework and in-person lab sessions. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register now, or contact us at if you are interested in attending these upcoming courses.

In-person classes:

Online classes and webinars:

Please check our website for the most up-to-date course schedule.

Remember that we also offer discounted 2-course packages for either (1) Clinical Skills plus Clinical Applications or (2) Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse plus Canine Sports Medicine. We also offer a discounted 3-module package for our Acupuncture modules. Please see our Registration page for more details. If you are not sure when you plan to take a course, you may choose the option of a "Future" class. "Future" registrations may be subject to tuition increases. (Learn more.)
Have you registered for a "Future" course? Be sure to let us know when you are ready to attend!
If you have previously registered for a "Future" course and wish to attend a class that is now open for registration, be sure to contact CRI and tell us which course you would like to attend. This is the only way to guarantee you have a seat in the course.

Register today, and reserve your seats in these classes!
Students and dog in class
CCRVN Students: We Are Updating Our Certification Program in 2023.

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the CCRVN page for complete details.

For CCRT candidates, our current format is:

Please visit our Course Schedule page for an up-to-date list of upcoming courses. If you are interested in taking a course, please register or contact us at to join our interest list.
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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.
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

Intensive Neurorehabilitation in Post-Surgical Dogs with IVDD.

The Study: This retrospective controlled clinical study aimed to verify if intensive neurorehabilitation (INR) in post-surgical dogs with acute intervertebral disc extrusion could improve ambulation faster than spontaneous recovery or conventional physiotherapy. Three hundred sixty-seven dogs were divided into two groups. The study group was based on prospective cases. The control group was based on retrospective cases. The authors concluded, “The intensive neurorehabilitation protocol translated in 99.4% (167/168) of recovery in deep pain perception-positive dogs and 58.5% (55/94) in deep pain perception-negative dogs. There was 37.3% (22/59) spinal reflex locomotion, obtained within a maximum period of 3 months. Thus, intensive neurorehabilitation may be a useful approach for this population of dogs, avoiding future euthanasia and promoting an estimated time window of 3 months to recover.”

Study Limitations: Because the control group consisted of retrospective cases and the study group of prospective cases, it was difficult to compare the groups to determine if the improvement in function was due to the rehabilitation intervention or spontaneous recovery.

Impact on Clinical Practice: This study supports the importance of rehabilitation by showing intensive neuro rehabilitation may improve function within three months in deep pain positive and deep pain negative dogs.
Canine Home Exercises Are an Integral Component of Any Rehabilitation Plan. We Make It Easy.
Innovative technologies and expert design for an all-in-one solution, Canine Home Exercises (CHE) allows you to build home exercise programs in seconds. With beautifully designed instructional videos, the CHE program is e-mailed to clients while tracking tools and insightful analytics allow you to monitor progress or troubleshoot challenges from any computer.
See why CCRTs choose Canine Home Exercises today.
Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT
Sign Up for Free Articles and Resources from CARE!
Did you know Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE) has a wealth of FREE resources to help veterinary professionals and pet owners manage osteoarthritis (OA)?

Sign up for a free subscription today to gain access to CARE's extensive collection of resources to help your rehabilitation patients and clients. CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of CARE.
Learn More About Continuing Education Opportunities from Onlinepethealth.

May promises to be an exciting month, welcoming Ansi van der Walt to speak on the Small Animal and Hydro platforms about managing clients, their expectations and home exercise programs effectively, as well as how we can leverage canine cognition to improve the efficacy of rehabilitation through hydrotherapy.

We welcome Amie Hesbach and Gillian Tabor to the Equine membership, to present a 4-part series on neuroplasticity in equines, and how we can close the loop in the treatment of orthopaedic and neurological conditions by incorporating neuroplasticity into our treatment approach. 

For more information on our line-up, as well as our membership, please visit 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 April VOP and Nurse Students!

In April, we were pleased to welcome students to our Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses course, held at OrthoPets headquarters in Westminster, Colorado, and our Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module in Littleton, Colorado.

Students gave both of these courses excellent reviews:

"The speakers in this orthopedic and prosthetic class were amazing. Their ability to help me understand the physics and goals behind these products kept me engaged and attentive. I walked away with a better understanding of the selection process, fiberglass impression creation and troubleshooting will hopefully aid my skill set and in my articulation of their benefits to 'pet parents' when appropriate."
Kathryn Marles, LVT, VTS (Neurology) CCRVN, Steep Falls, Maine

"This course [Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse] was so great, extremely informative and all of the CRI staff are absolutely incredible! Thank you again!"
Alicia Lorch, RVT, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Congratulations to all of these students for expanding their knowledge and skills. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses April 2022 class photo
Students, faculty, and a demo dog took a class photo during Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses, held April 8-10 in Westminster, Colorado.
Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse April 2022 class photo
Students, faculty and demo dogs posed for a class photo during the Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module, held April 23-25 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 Colorado and Florida!

CRI has now arranged discounted rates at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel in Florida for November and December classes and at the Element Denver Park Meadows near Littleton, Colorado for our 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 for $135 per night plus tax, subject to availability. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor heated pool, and on-site restaurant with an outdoor dining patio. Pets are welcome with a $50 pet fee.
Congratulations to Maui, Winner of the Breezie Demo Dog Award!
Our May Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Maui, a 3-year-old Boxer and the devoted companion of Dr. Donna Schwartz of Coral Springs Animal Hospital.

Maui is also the little sister to Breezie, the Demo Dog Award's namesake, and was featured as a new Demo Dog in Training in our April 2019 newsletter.

During the past three years, Maui has been dedicated to teaching CRI students, and she has now proven herself to be even more dedicated to helping her mom recover from recent neck surgeries.

"No surprise that Maui has been the best nurse, until she steals my spot or is sleeping on the job!" Dr. Schwartz adds.

In recognition of this honor, Maui will receive a $50 gift certificate from Jiminy's good for any of their treats or dog food. Congratulations, Maui, and enjoy your yummy Jiminy's treats!
Maui asleep
Maui on sofa
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 Illinois, Washington, Indiana, Oregon, California, Ottawa (Canada), Florida, Michigan, New York, Wales (UK), Alabama, Colorado, Nevada, 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!

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