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In Our November 2021 Issue ...

• A Message from Our CEO, Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR
• Get Ready for Black Friday to Cyber Monday Deals!
• COVID Vaccination or Negative Test Required for In-Person Classes
• Hone Your Skills at Our Spring 2022 CE Courses!
• Register for Our January 26th Webinar "Practical Application of Shock Wave Therapy"
• Take Our 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package in the Spring or Fall and Save $500!
• Congratulations to Our Breezie Award Winners Bambi and Olive ... and more!
A Message from Our CEO, Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR.

CRI has returned to Florida! We are very excited to be back at our beautiful host practice, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, where our new classroom with stadium seating and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system is getting great reviews.

Just a reminder that with COVID-19 still very much a reality, we have implemented a vaccination policy for all students, faculty, and staff attending our in-person courses. We are now requiring proof of full vaccination. For those with a medical exemption, we will need a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of the start of class or a negative antigen test done within 48 hours. Masks must be worn at all times inside Coral Springs Animal Hospital except when eating or drinking. As always, keeping our students and faculty safe remains our top priority so we will be keeping a close eye on the numbers.

There are now four RACE-approved CE courses on the 2022 calendar open for registration. The Business of Canine Rehabilitation will be offered online March 9, 16, and 23. Then there are three hands-on courses: Canine Therapeutic Exercise, March 19-20, Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses, April 8-10, and Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation, May 14-15. We are looking at 2022 dates for Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, which sold out the day it was opened for registration this year! If you would like to get on the wait list for Ultrasound, please contact us at

We hosted our first webinar on feline rehabilitation October 13, presented by Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, and sponsored by Zoetis. This terrific one-hour webinar will be added to the CRI Member Library. Three additional feline rehabilitation educational programs will be added in January: Getting to Know Cats, A Deep Dive Into Feline Pain Management, and The How-To's of Feline Rehabilitation. If you are not already a member, sign up today!

We have added a new 1-hour webinar to the calendar that can’t be missed! Practical Application of Shock Wave Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation will be offered on January 26th at 8 p.m. Eastern Time with Carolina Medina, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, and Jennifer Vitucci, DVM, CCRT, presenting. Registration is now open.

Beginning in 2022, our Veterinary Medical Acupuncture program will be offered twice a year — once in the spring and once in the fall. Student will choose the session that works best for them and attend all three modules in that session. All acupuncture courses are held at our facility in Littleton, Colorado. Sign up today to start your training.

Once again, we remind everyone going through the CCRT and CCRVN programs to be careful to avoid using the restricted terms "physical therapy" or "PT" in your advertising or signage. We suggest you use "Animal Rehabilitation" or "Canine Rehabilitation” instead.

Lastly, we encourage our internship mentors to contact us at CRI Internship to let us know the status of your internship program and any plans you have for the coming months. Thanks again to our mentors for continuing to provide hands-on experience for our students even during this challenging time.

Wishing you all well,

Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT
Founder and CEO
Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale
Get Ready for Special Discounts from Black Friday to Cyber Monday!

As a thank-you to our CRI students and friends, we will once again be offering special discounts from Black Friday to Cyber Monday! We don't want to reveal all the details yet, but look for great deals on our CRI Member Library and our Acupuncture Program.

Be sure to watch your email and the CRI website for an announcement with all the details!
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COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Required for In-Person Class Participants.

As of November 1, 2021, Canine Rehabilitation Institute requires all individuals attending in-person classes to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, 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
Hone Your Business and Rehabilitation Skills at Our Four Continuing Education Courses This Spring!

Don't miss our four continuing education courses being offered this spring — one live/interactive online course and three in-person courses in Colorado! These courses allow you to explore important topics in depth and learn from faculty experts. These courses are filling up — register now to reserve your seat!

  • The Business of Canine Rehabilitation will be held online on March 9, 16, and 23, 2022, starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. The course consists of three Zoom sessions, each lasting between 90 and 120 minutes, interspersed with video presentations and online materials. The course is led by three instructors, each with busy, growing, successful rehabilitation practices. Register today to reserve your seat!

  • Our brand-new Canine Therapeutic Exercise course, taught by Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT, will be held March 19-20, 2022, at CVSG in Littleton, Colorado. Students will learn to evaluate and apply appropriate exercises for different stages of healing and how to progress exercises through the rehabilitation phase into the return-to-activity phase. Detailed exercise programs for orthopedic, neurological, post-operative, geriatric and canine athlete cases will be presented, demonstrated, and practiced. Register now!

  • We have scheduled our popular V-OP course — renamed Veterinary Orthoses and Prostheses — for April 8-10, 2022, at OrthoPets headquarters in Westminster, Colorado, just outside Denver. This 2.5-day course will be taught by Dr. Felix Duerr and OrthoPets founder Martin Kaufmann. Don't miss this course – register today!

  • We also will hold our Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation course May 14-15, 2022, in Littleton, Colorado. This course will include some online pre-course videos allowing us to do the entire course in 2 live days rather than 2.5 as was originally planned. It no longer includes a Zoom session. Students will learn to complete a patient-centric specialist-level veterinary rehabilitation orthopedic evaluation and will develop diagnosis-specific rehabilitation plans. Register now!

If you are interested in these courses, visit our website to register, or contact us at for more information.
Register for Our January 26th Webinar "Practical Application of Shock Wave Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation"!
Thinking about buying a shock wave unit but confused about the options? Do you want to use shock wave but don’t want to sedate patients?

Learn about the newest technology at our 1-hour webinar — Practical Application of Shock Wave Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation — on Wednesday, January 22, 2022, at 8:00 PM EST. Expert faculty Jennifer Vitucci, DVM, CCRT, and Carolina Medina, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, will explain the science behind shock wave therapy and provide the best practices for clinical application of this modality.

RACE approval is pending for this webinar.

Thanks to the generous support of PulseVet, this webinar is only $49. Space is limited to 30 participants. Register today to reserve your seat!
Take a Winter Break in Florida for Our February Clinical Skills Module!

Don't miss your chance to combine our February 12-14 Clinical Skills module with a getaway to warm and sunny Florida! Enjoy abundant sunshine, sandy beaches, and tropical scenery while expanding your skills and advancing in your rehabilitation certification program!

Students who take our February Clinical Skills module and our March 6-7 Clinical Applications module will be positioned to start their internships by May and ready to promote their new services by the summer! Register today to ensure your seat in these upcoming modules!
Don't Let Your Annual CE Budget Go to Waste!
If your fall conference plans have changed, don't let your annual CE budget go unused at the end of the year.

Sign up for a 1-year subscription to the CRI Member Library, and earn more than 60 RACE-approved CE credits through our online courses in pain management, nutrition, and aquatic therapy. See our website for complete details.

Or, register for our upcoming CE courses, being held online or near Denver, Colorado. See our Course Schedule for a complete list of upcoming courses. Don't miss this chance to use your annual CE budget to expand your knowledge and skills for better patient care!
Canine Sports Medicine Will Be Offered in Belgium in May … and in Colorado in July!
Het Waterhof in Belgium
We are excited to announce that our Canine Sports Medicine module will be offered May 21-23, 2022, 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.

Registration is also now open 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.
Take Our Complete 3-Module Acupuncture Package in Spring or Fall 2022 — and Save $500!
Get ready for our 2022 acupuncture modules, and plan to take a complete 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package in the spring or fall to receive a $500 discount!

We will now be 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.

Students who have already completed Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) on October 22-24 also will receive the $500 discount if they complete Module 2 in January 2022 and Module 3 in March 2022. Please see the Acupuncture Program page for complete details.

Acupuncture modules are held in person in Littleton, Colorado, with small group sizes. The following modules are open for registration:

If you are planning to take modules later in the year, save the dates for our Fall 2022 modules. Registration will open in 2022.

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!

"Bonnie [Wright] and all of the TAs were outstanding! The course exceeded my expectations and I can't wait for module 2."
– Kristin Shaw, DVM, PhD, DACVS, CCRT, DACVSMR, Seattle, Washington

"Module 3 tied all of the acupuncture concepts together in a way that only made me more excited to integrate it into my practice, both rehab and general. The student to teacher ratio was excellent and we never lacked for help … this increased my confidence in trying more challenging points which will help broaden my practice at home."
– Erin True, DVM, CCRT, CVAT, Elk Grove, 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.
"The best instructors ever!"
– Christy McCratic, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT, CVAT, Crystal Lake, Illinois
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.
In the Words of Our Students ... 

"I feel that CRI adequately prepared me for the things I was exposed to during my internship, and I did not realize how much I had learned until it was all in front of me. The classroom work was essential to learn the basis of modalities, anatomy, ther-ex, etc. but really the hands-on was the most important part of each session of the course. Although following along for appointments and listening in on conversations with clients was helpful, the only way to really incorporate all of this material is to do it yourself. Performing the exam, choosing the appropriate modalities and settings for treatment and knowing why you are doing it are the only ways to feel confident with this certification and to move forward. That’s what I liked most about CRI, it was so practical! I felt there was the right balance with classroom learning combined with hands-on experience."
– Jennifer Magilton, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Visit CRI at Upcoming Conferences!

CRI will be in the exhibit halls at VMX in Orlando in January, the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio in February, the World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress in Snowmass, Colorado, in February, and the IVAPM/AARV Pain Management Forum in Denver in April. Come visit our booth, talk with faculty and staff, and learn more about our rehabilitation and acupuncture programs!
January 15-19
Stop by CRI's booth at VMX in Orlando, Florida.
February 2-5
See CRI at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
February 5-12
Learn more about CRI at the World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress in Snowmass, Colorado.
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).
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.
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class
Register for 2022 Courses!
Our 2022 courses 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 a Zoom session on April 16 and an in-person session on April 23-25 in Littleton, Colorado. We encourage all eligible nurses to sign up now before the class is sold out. Register today to reserve your seat!

We also 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!

Some of our core rehabilitation courses will be held in a hybrid format with Zoom online learning sessions and small, 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.

Hybrid and in-person classes:

*Note: We plan to hold full classes starting this fall, but this will depend on CDC guidelines and COVID restrictions at that time. If we are not able to hold a full class, we will split the class in half and add a second session. We will update the calendar as soon as dates have been finalized.

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!
Interested in Our Next Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Class?
We are planning to hold our next Introduction to Ultrasound Techniques / Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course in early 2022 at Sound's Academy of Veterinary Imaging in Arlington, Texas.

Our August 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 hybrid format is:

For CCRVN candidates, our current hybrid 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.
All Veterinarians May Now Earn CE Credits Through Our CRI Member Library!
Our CRI Member Library is now open to all veterinarians! During this time when it is difficult to get CE credits due to travel restrictions, the CRI Member Library is a great way to fulfill most states' current continuing education requirements!

For $795, students can have unlimited access for one year to our CRI Member Library! The CRI Member Library includes 60+ hours of RACE-approved online courses taught by our expert faculty - and content continues to grow! Our Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management course has been updated and is available again in the CRI Member Library.

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 early 2021.

All veterinarians can subscribe to the CRI Member Library. 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.
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's founder and CEO, 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's founder and CEO 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 at this year’s 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

Evaluation of Kinesio Taping Applied to the Equine Thoracolumbar Spine: Clinical Response and Mechanical Nociceptive Threshold.

The Study: This study evaluated the analgesic effect of Kinesio Taping (KT) applied to spinous processes of the horse measuring mechanical nociceptive threshold (MNT) with pressure algometer. KT was applied on 5 spinous processes of 15 horses, in two different experiments, comprising KT with 50% tension and KT with no tension. Measurements were taken before application of the tape, at 60 minutes of tape application, and after tape removal at 24 hours. Clinical assessment of sensitivity to palpation was conducted before application of the tape, at 60 minutes of wear time, and 24 hours after tape removal. A significant increase in the MNTs after 60 minutes of tape application was observed with 50% tension and no tension but not maintained following its removal 24 hours later. Sensitivity to palpation decreased in practically all the spinous processes in both tests.

Study Limitations: Small sample size, pressure differentials between physical palpation and pressure algometer, difficulty finding a homogeneous group of horses with back pain.

Impact on Clinical Practice: This study in horses indicates Kinesio Tape may be considered as a pain management strategy for back pain in quadrupeds.
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
Evidence-Based Resources at Your Fingertips - From Canine Arthritis Resources & Education.

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.
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. Visit the CARE website to learn more.
Check Out Continuing Education from Onlinepethealth.

The holiday season is the perfect time to immerse in continuing education. Onlinepethealth has a phenomenal selection of webinars airing throughout the month for small animal, equine and hydro rehabilitation therapists. For more information, stop by 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 November Rehabilitation Students!

In November, we were pleased to welcome a new group of students to our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida. We were excited to use CSAH's new classroom space for parts of our class.

Congratulations to all these students for starting their rehabilitation certification. We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class photo November 2021
Students, faculty, and demo dogs gathered for a class photo during the in-person session for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, held November 5-8 in Coral Springs, Florida.
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation students in CSAH classroom
Students enjoyed Coral Springs Animal Hospital's new classroom space with stadium seating and a state-of-the art audiovisual system.
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 Winter and Spring Classes in Florida!

CRI has arranged discounted rates at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel for in-person classes from November through March in Florida. We also have discounted rates at three hotels near Littleton, Colorado, for winter and spring in-person courses.

Please check our Coral Springs, Florida Travel page and our Littleton, Colorado Travel page for more details about each hotel and reservation links!
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center in Coral Springs, Florida, is offering a standard room with breakfast for one person for $137-160 per night plus tax, subject to availability. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor heated pool. Pets are welcome with a $50 pet fee.
The TownePlace Suites Denver Southwest/Littleton in Littleton, Colorado, is offering a studio or 1-bedroom suite for $119 per night plus tax, subject to availability. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, on-site parking, and high-speed wi-fi. It has a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center on-site.
The Element Denver Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colorado, is offering studio suites for $79 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 Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colorado, is offering a standard guest room for $99 and up per night plus tax, subject to availability. The Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows provides a complimentary daily hotel shuttle to and from Colorado Veterinary Specialty Group (currently paused due to COVID). The hotel also offers free access to an indoor pool and fitness center.
Congratulations to Bambi and Olive, Our Breezie Demo Dogs of the Month!

Our November Breezie Demo Dog Award Winners are Bambi and Olive, the much-loved companions of Chelsea Holm, an ICU/emergency veterinary night nurse at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.

Bambi and Olive were both adopted, at separate times, as adults from the Broward County Animal Shelter. Both were strays with no known history. Their mom Chelsea says, "Olive turned out to be the most dog-friendly dog I’ve ever met! She has even managed to get cranky, dog-aggressive dogs to play with her! She may not be the brightest crayon in the box, but I would 100% trust her with any human or animal."

Chelsea adds, "Bambi was in rougher shape when I adopted her. Missing most of her hair, 10# underweight, anemic and euthyroid. It took some time but she has most of her hair and is a total beefcake now! She’s definitely my Velcro-pit and mothers every baby animal I have brought into the house. She’s incredibly smart and also a professional lizard hunter with 2 full grown iguanas under her belt! Of my 3 dogs she’s the one that would protect me with her life, so I repay the favor. I’m so lucky to have found 2 well-balanced pitbulls, with no known history, at the shelter!"

Our TAs all love how well Bambi and Olive work with students and share their beautiful canine physiques!

In recognition of this honor, Bambi and Olive will receive a $50 gift certificate from Jiminy's good for any of their treats or dog food. Congratulations, Bambi and Olive, and enjoy your yummy Jiminy's treats!
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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, Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, New York, Delaware, Louisiana, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Texas, Maryland, Tennessee, and New Jersey.

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.
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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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