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In Our October 2019 Issue ...

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Register Now for Spring 2020 Courses! register
Our 2020 courses are filling quickly! Registration has begun for our March-April classes, and more courses will be opening soon. Save your seat in our spring 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!
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Read Dr. Bonnie Wright's New Journal Article!

CRI faculty member Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVAA, CVMA, CVPP, CCRP, had her article " Acupuncture for the Treatment of Animal Pain" published in the November issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice. The theme of the issue is "Alternatives to Opioid Analgesia in Small Animal Anesthesia."

This article is available free of charge on ScienceDirect until November 19, 2019. Click on this link to read the article.
Our Acupuncture Certification Modules Keep Earning Rave Reviews!acupuncture    
We were so pleased to receive another set of outstanding reviews from the students who just completed our October course Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2). Kudos to Dr. Bonnie Wright and her team of TAs for developing an excellent course and a supportive learning environment!
"As always, a stellar CRI course. I love how personalized everything is. I feel like I get the attention I need to appropriately learn and retain information."
- Lerin Rives, DVM, Grafton, Wisconsin  
"This class is amazing! All instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. ... After Module 2 I feel SOOOO much more confident in not only choosing appropriate treatment points, but also being able to find them! So excited to get back and offer acupuncture to my clients!"
- Aubri Matroniano, DVM, CCRT, East Amherst, New York 
Veterinarians: We are almost ready to open registration for our 2020 modules - and we are excited to announce that we will also be offering Acupuncture Module 1 in August 2020 in the U.K.! If you are ready to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist, mark your calendar for:
Modules 1-3 are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours each. Registration will open soon. Please watch this newsletter and our website for an announcement. 
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
Save the Date for Our Next Business of Canine Rehabilitation Course!

We are excited to offer 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

Registration will open soon. Please watch our website and this newsletter for an announcement.
words In the Words of Our Students ... 

" [Canine Sports Medicine was] a really 'high end' experience ... Appreciate the depth of knowledge from Chris [Zink] and the TAs. I also appreciate that the course material built upon what we had learned in the Intro course as well as the pre-course videos and was not simply a review of that material. Because of your high standards, I feel that the caliber of student that is attracted to this coursework is really committed to the study which makes the classroom experience all that more enriching."
- Jill Sweringen, PT, DPT, LAc, San Francisco, California
Veterinary Students: Learn About Changes to Our Rehabilitation and Acupuncture Certification Programs and Our New Discount.vetstudentprograms

Veterinary students 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.

If you are a veterinary student or know one who would be interested in this program, please 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 plan 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 contact us at today to let us know if you would like to reserve a seat or if you have any questions.
Singapore Vet logo We Had a Great Time in Singapore!singapore

CRI founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke had a great experience earlier in October at the Singapore Vet meeting. She enjoyed seeing many CRI graduates and fielding questions from dozens of interested veterinarians and vet nurses who plan to attend CRI courses in the coming year.

Photos from Singapore Vet meeting
Clockwise from top left: Dr. Janet Van Dyke in the exhibit hall. CRI student Dr. Patrick Maguire, BVSc, DACVS, lectures on post-operative canine rehabilitation. The iconic Merlion statue (at right) spouts water toward the three towers of the Marina Bay Sands.
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 February-April 2020 modules is now open. Register today to reserve your seat!
CARE logo CRI Faculty Member Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw Launches New Canine Arthritis Educational Website!caninearthritis

Congratulations to CRI faculty member Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, who has founded Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE - CARE is a free resource to help dog owners navigate osteoarthritis (OA) with their veterinarian and learn evidence-guided techniques to improve their dog's quality of life. Veterinary professionals can sign up for free memberships to access tools, forms, and videos for use in their practice and that they can share with clients.

"Veterinarians see dogs with OA daily but have many topics to cover during patient visits and may not have time to review comprehensive OA plans with their clients," said Dr. Kirkby Shaw. "I created CARE to help as many dogs with OA as possible - more than I can as a clinician in practice. The resources and tools available on the website can help veterinarians continue the discussion of OA after their initial diagnosis. And, while I can't make specific recommendations for dogs that are not my patients, I can share exactly what I do with my own dogs who have OA."

Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw interview To launch her new venture, Dr. Kirkby Shaw traveled to New York City in August to take part in a satellite media tour on National Dog Day, and talk about canine arthritis. Her interviews were aired on numerous TV news broadcasts.

Watch an interview with Dr. Kirkby Shaw on WTMJ-Milwaukee.
Aquatics Now Open Dive Into Our New Online Aquatics Course!aquatics

In our newest online course, Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation, CRI faculty members Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT, and Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, CCRVN, VTS (Phys Rehab), explain how the resistance and buoyancy of water can be used for canine fitness, conditioning, injury recovery, and relief from joint pain. Topics include how to create an aquatic therapy program, aquatic rehabilitation exercises, hydrotherapy equipment and products, swimming pool vs. underwater treadmill, safety concerns, and how to make aquatic therapy profitable for your practice.

"Anyone who is considering an UWTM needs to take this course! All the subject topics are the things I have tried to learn through trial and error. Video footage during lectures was great."
- Erika Sullenberger, DVM, CCRT, Santa Cruz, California

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15.5 credit hours. CRI graduates (CCRTs, CCRVNs, and CCRAs) and members of AARV and VOS receive a 10% discount.

Register today to get started with this course!
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. Visit our website to learn more about each online course and read testimonials from our students.

Aquatics Now Open Therapeutic Handling course
Canine Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation Nutrition online course
We Had a Great Time at Our October Classes in Colorado!

We had wonderful groups of students attending our Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module and Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2), both held earlier this month in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Above: Students, faculty, and demo dogs take a class photo during Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, held October 5-9 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Thank you to our sponsors Respond Systems, Canine Rehab Shop, Help 'Em Up, and Cutting Edge Laser Technologies.

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Above: Students, faculty, and demo dogs pose for a group photo during Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Acupuncture Module 2), held October 26-28 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
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.
Book Discounted Hotel Accommodations at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Through December 2019!

Fort Lauderdale MarriottCRI has arranged discounted rates at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel for 2019. Please visit our Coral Springs Travel page for links to book discounted hotel accommodations through December 2019. Be sure to book before the cut-off date to ensure the group rate.

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott is also now pet-friendly! There is a one-time (per stay) $50 non-refundable fee.
Pickles_ the October Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Congratulations to Pickles, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month! breezie

Our October Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Pickles, a miniature bull terrier who is about 3 years old. Pickles is the beloved companion of Dr. Jalise Zumstein, an associate veterinarian at our Colorado host facility, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Pickles is a very happy dog with lots of spunk who just loves coming to CRI labs to help our students learn.
CRI faculty member Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT, explains why Pickles deserves the Breezie Award: "What Pickles lacks in stature, she makes up for in personality and patience. Pickles is a wonderful demo dog who definitely should receive the Breezie Award. Pickles has a very calm demeanor, and she willingly allows CRI students to practice their manual therapy techniques, palpation skills, and various hands-on procedures. Pickles also has an amazing endurance factor to last through the longer lab sessions. We are very grateful to have Pickles as one of our brilliant demo dogs."

In recognition of this honor, Pickles will receive a gift bag from Jiminy's valued at $50. Congratulations, Pickles!
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!
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 Michigan; British Columbia, Canada; Arizona; Massachusetts; Ontario, Canada; Florida; Virginia; the United Kingdom; Colorado; and North Carolina.

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.
Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation book cover Second Edition of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Now Available!

CRI faculty member Dr. Chris Zink and founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke are excited to announce that the second edition of their book Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is now available!

This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. New chapters cover biological therapies, working dogs, and business management, and every chapter has been extensively revised and expanded with state-of-the-art information - providing an even greater wealth of evidence, expertise, and experience to this complex discipline. This gold standard reference for all aspects of sports medicine and rehabilitation is a must have!

Special offer! The first 100 orders will get a personalized copy autographed by Chris Zink and free shipping (when shipped to a U.S. address).

To learn more and place an order, visit the Canine Sports Productions website.
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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