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In Our November 2019 Issue ...

Dog and cat in Black Friday and Cyber Monday bags Don't Miss Our Black Friday Special Offer!blackfriday

Watch your email inbox for a special offer from CRI that will start on Black Friday and end on Cyber Monday!

We'll provide full details in the days ahead, but get ready for a new subscription plan for our online courses - all at a significant savings for our students!

Our warmest wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to all our students, colleagues, and friends!
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Registration Is Open for More 2020 Courses! register
We have opened registration for more 2020 courses - including the first two modules of our Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program! Save your seat in our upcoming courses - register today! 
The following classes are open for registration:  

U.S. 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!
Ready to Take Our Acupuncture Modules in 2020? Be Sure to Register for Our New Discounted 2-Course Package!acupuncture    
Acupuncture class Veterinarians: We have just opened registration for the next two modules in our Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program - and we are offering a $200 discount on both courses taken as a 2-course package. Don't miss out on this special offer!
We are also excited to be offering Acupuncture Module 1 in August 2020 in the U.K.! Save the date for this course: 
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.
CRI Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture 
Watch our new video about CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture module.
Want to Learn More About Our Acupuncture Certification Program?
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) provides students with 16 hours of pre-course online videos, which will teach the anatomy of the major points, to include neurological, musculoskeletal, fascial, and lymphatic structures associated with each. The live sessions will teach the basics of needling and electrical stimulation to allow therapists to immediately start treating patients to build their skill base as they progress through more advanced modules, and acquire case logs for upcoming sessions. See our Acupuncture Program page for a complete overview. 
Hear Dr. Bonnie Wright Discuss Her Approach to Acupuncture in This New Podcast!
Listen to Dr. Bonnie Wright, the developer of CRI's Acupuncture Program, discuss acupuncture and the treatment of pain, as well as appreciation for beauty in nature and medicine in this new podcast " Pain, Neurobiology, Beauty, and Big Cats: A Surprising Conversation on Veterinary Acupuncture."
Dr. Wright's interview begins at 09:20 in the podcast. 

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If you are already certified in acupuncture and want to continue your training with our accelerated program, contact us at
Register Now for Our March Business of Canine Rehabilitation Course!

Registration is now open for The Business of Canine Rehabilitation March 27-28, 2020, in Coral Springs, Florida. This course sold out when it was offered in September in Colorado.

Dr. Kara Amstutz
Kara Amstutz, DVM

Amy Kramer
Amy Kramer, DPT

Francisco Maia
Francisco Maia, DPT

The Business of Canine Rehabilitation features three instructors, each with busy, growing, successful rehabilitation practices. Faculty will be veterinarian Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CVA, and physical therapists Amy Kramer, PT, DPT, CCRT, and Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT.

During this course, students will learn how to write a business plan that fits their finances, space, staff, and client needs. Interactive panel discussions will present strategies for achieving profitability in a canine rehabilitation practice including design, equipment selection, services/fees, operations, staffing and marketing.

Students in our September class gave the course and instructors glowing reviews:

"This class was excellent and gave me the tools I need to start my new rehab practice, as well as practical steps I will be able to take as soon as I get home."
- Jennifer Bouthilet, DVM, MBA, CCRT, CVAT, Stillwater, Minnesota 

"Really wonderful course with SO much helpful information especially for someone just starting out. Thank you!"
- Alicia Andras, VMD, Maple Falls, Washington

"Thanks for offering another great class. I think it definitely gave me good information and leads on where to start looking for more information. All speakers were very knowledgeable and gave slightly different perspectives which was very helpful."
- Tracie East, PT, DPT, WCC, CCRT, Wasilla, Alaska

Register now, and save your space in this class!
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"I loved this course [Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation]! It was well taught and had amazing opportunities for hands-on learning. Thank you for presenting such a well thought-out course. I look forward to my future classes and the new direction for my career."
- Edith (Mandy) Edwards, DVM, Santa Clara, California
Veterinary Students: Learn About Changes to Our Rehabilitation and Acupuncture Certification Programs and Our New Discount.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
We're Offering Three Courses in Belgium in May 2020!vepra

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CRI will hold three courses in May 2020 at Het Waterhof in Velm, Belgium.
W e will be returning to Belgium in May 2020 to offer three courses at our Belgian facility, Het Waterhof.
Our graduates from around the globe have been requesting our Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist course, and once we scheduled that course in Belgium, we were asked to bring Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Sports Medicine to Europe too! We are pleased to give our friends in the UK and Europe an easy way to complete two courses in our certification program in just one visit! 
Those of you who have been certified for at least 12 months are welcome to attend the Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module. This course offers a quick review of your Therapist module techniques as a refresher. It will then teach you to advance your manual skills, provide you with new approaches for your neuro patients, and advance your therapeutic exercise program. This course is taught by CRI faculty member Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT, and a team of CRI teaching assistants. As Ellen is based in Belgium, we offer this module once per year at her incredible facility there. If you prefer to attend the Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module in the United States, please contact us at 
Please save the dates for the following courses at Het Waterhof in Velm, Belgium: 
If you are interested in attending these courses, please visit our European Program page and contact us at
Australia outline with flag We're Returning to Australia in July 2020!australia

CRI is excited to announce that we are planning to bring our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module to Brisbane on 25-29 July 2020. This exciting module covers the anatomy, biomechanics, manual techniques, physical modalities, and therapeutic exercises needed to successfully practice canine rehabilitation. Small class size, loads of demo dogs, and a friendly, talented faculty assure that you will leave this course confirmed in the skills that you need.

We must have at least 15 registrants to hold this course. We anticipate that this will not be a problem as this course generally sells out quickly. Please visit the VetPrac website to learn more or express your interest in this course. Please contact us at if you have any questions.
The Tayla Fund Introducing 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.

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 (currently called Canine Rehabilitation Therapist). Students will be introduced to clinical assessment, goal setting, treatment planning, and outcome measurement from a physical therapy perspective. This is a 5-day course.
  • Module 3: Clinical Applications. This is a new hands-on course where students will be able to practice their evaluation skills, create assessments, and present treatment plans for all types of canine rehabilitation cases. This is a 3-day course.
  • Internship: A 40-hour internship remains a requirement for CCRT certification.
These changes only apply to the CCRT certification program for veterinarians and physical therapists. There is NO change to the CCRVN/CCRA curriculum for veterinary technicians/nurses.

Please see the CCRT page on our website for more details and the options for current students. Registration for 2020 modules is now open. Register today to reserve your seat!
e-Learning Therapeutic Handling Our New 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.
Expand Your Knowledge With Our Online Courses!onlinecourses

CRI's online courses are a great way to gain in-depth knowledge from CRI's expert faculty, without time away from your practice or the expense of travel. Please watch for our special offer on online courses coming soon!

E-learning Aquatics Therapeutic Handling course
Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation Nutrition online course
We Had a Great Time in Florida at Our November Classes!

We had a great time earlier this month with students attending the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Sports Medicine modules in Coral Springs, Florida. We hope to see you all again soon!

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Above: Students and faculty take a class photo during Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, held November 2-6 in Coral Springs, Florida. Thank you to our sponsors Owl Manor Veterinary and Cutting Edge Laser.

November 2019 Canine Sports Medicine class
Above: Students, faculty, and demo dogs pose for a group photo during Canine Sports Medicine, held November 8-10 in Coral Springs, Florida. Our thanks to sponsors InClover Research and Purina.

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Above: Students at the Canine Sports Medicine class also had the opportunity to participate in a Wine & Learn session. Thanks to Purina for sponsoring this educational session.
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 Fort Lauderdale Marriott Through April 2020!

Fort Lauderdale MarriottCRI has arranged discounted rates at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel through April 2020. Please visit our Coral Springs Travel page for reservation links. Be sure to book before the cut-off date to ensure the group rate.

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott is also pet-friendly! There is a one-time (per stay) $50 non-refundable fee.
Maui in one of Breezie's costumes.
Congratulations to Maui, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month!

Our November Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Maui, the little sister of our late lead demo dog Breezie and the newest family member of Dr. Donna Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz is a primary care veterinarian at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.
Even though Maui has only been a demo dog for several months, she is already living up to her big sister's standards and helping CRI students to hone their palpation and therapeutic handling skills. Breezie would be so proud!

In recognition of this honor, Maui will receive a gift bag from Jiminy's valued at $50. Congratulations, Maui!
The Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Award is given in memory of Breezie, who was the lead demo dog for our Coral Springs courses for more than 9 years and helped to educate more than 800 veterinary and physical therapy professionals. She was such a great demo dog that our faculty would beg to have her in their small group sessions. Breezie's favorite holiday was Halloween when she was always the best dressed dog in Coral Springs!
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The beloved Team Biener demo dogs (from left) Max, Lola, Leo, and Charlie.
Our Condolences to Team Biener and the Biener Family.

Everyone at CRI was saddened to learn that our precious demo dog Charlie Biener has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Charlie was always a joyful addition to our courses, and she helped many veterinary and physical therapy professionals add to their rehabilitation skills. In her memory, CRI has made a donation to the Tayla Fund, a non-profit fund established at Coral Springs Animal Hospital to help families in need to receive rehabilitation services for their pets. Team Biener was recognized in November 2018 as the second recipient of the Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Award.
CRI Facebook page Stay Connected With CRI on Facebook!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!

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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 Colorado; Texas; Idaho; Ohio; New York; Michigan; British Columbia, Canada; Arizona; Massachusetts; Ontario, Canada; Florida; and Virginia.

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: Nugget 
We've asked our colleagues at OrthoPets to share case studies with us as a way of providing more education about orthotics and prosthetics.

Nugget, a patient of OrthoPets
Nugget, a patient of OrthoPets
Nugget is a 2-year-old Chilean Flamingo born with a congenital deformity of her left limb. The deformity resulted in a partial amputation performed at Santa Barbara Zoo in California, where she resides. Before persuing a prosthetic through OrthoPets, Nugget was getting used to wearing a makeshift cover to help protect her residuum, but it was time to find a better long-term solution.
Santa Barbara Zoo contacted OrthoPets to see if we could help. The dedicated staff wanted to give Nugget the best chance at a normal life and had seen that OrthoPets has helped many animals achieve this. Having helped more than 30 different species with a variety of different pathologies, OrthoPets was up for the challenge. The team created a successful solution with creative materials to give Nugget the most normal representation of the limb she was missing.
Nugget is adjusting to her new prosthetic very well, and everyone is very pleased with the results of the device and how Nugget has taken to it so far. She now can spend her days with the rest of her flamingo friends living a normal life with her new limb. It is even pink to match her feathers. We look forward to watching her progress at the Santa Barbara Zoo!
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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