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In Our September 2019 Issue ...

Singapore Vet logo Come See Us in Singapore!singapore

CRI is looking forward to attending the Singapore Vet conference October 11-12 in Singapore. If you will be there, come visit our booth and find out about our upcoming courses in Australia, the United States, and Europe!
Registration Is Open for March-April 2020 Courses! register
Our 2020 courses are filling quickly! Registration is now open for most of our March-April classes, and more courses will be opening soon. Don't miss your chance to take 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!
Start Our Acupuncture Certification Modules in March 2020!acupuncture    
Veterinarians: Are you ready to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist in 2020? Mark your calendar for Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1), scheduled for March 6-8, 2020 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Registration will open soon. 
CRI Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
Watch our new video about CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture module.
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. 
Our Acupuncture Program has received excellent reviews from its inaugural group of graduates!
"Great course! Excellent instructors! Thanks!"
- Kimberly Emery, MVB, Happy Valley, Oregon
"First class all the way. I put off my acupuncture training for a very long time because none of the classes felt right to me. I'm so glad Bonnie put all the work she did into this course. It was well worth my wait!"
- Teresa Calvert, DVM, CVSMT, Muncie, Indiana
Learn More About Dr. Bonnie Wright's 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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Veterinarians who have completed Module 1 may register for Modules 2 and 3 on our website.
Modules 1-3 are RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours each.

If you are already certified in acupuncture and want to continue your training with our accelerated program, contact us at
words In the Words of Our Students ... 

"The internship is what brings life to this program and illustrates how all of the concepts presented in the classroom come together to provide the best possible care for the patient. The classroom sessions are excellent and provide the necessary foundations, but fully integrating these foundations is where the internship comes into play. Choosing an appropriate internship was important to me to see a varied caseload, but also a caseload that I thought would be applicable. Very simple, the key to this program's success!"
- Sami Winter, DVM, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
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 Had a Great Time in Belgium, and We'll Be Back With Three Courses in 2020!vepra

Dr. Janet Van Dyke in Belgium
Dr. Janet Van Dyke represents CRI at the Thagaste Monastery in Belgium.
CRI enjoyed traveling to Belgium earlier this month for the VEPRA / ECVSMR conference in Ghent. We were pleased to co-host the opening gala with Respond Systems, PulseVet, Owl Manor, Help 'Em Up, and OrthoPets, and we had a great time meeting colleagues in the beautiful setting of the Thagaste Monastery!

We're excited to announce that we 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! 
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 Headed Back to Australia in 2020!australia

We had a great response to our Canine Sports Medicine course in Brisbane earlier this month, so we are putting together plans to bring our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course to Australia in July or August 2020.

Interested parties should contact us at or visit our booth at Singapore Vet, coming up October 11-12 in Singapore.

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 Wonderful Time at Our Classes in Australia and Colorado!

We had a great time traveling Down Under to teach Canine Sports Medicine in Brisbane, Australia, and then returning to Wheat Ridge, Colorado, for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Sports Medicine, and The Business of Canine Rehabilitation. Special thanks to our amazing Australian host VetPrac for everything they did to help the class be such a success and take care of everyone.

We were so pleased by our students' positive feedback from these courses. Students who attended The Business of Canine Rehabilitation gave us such glowing comments that we had to share a few of them:

"This is EXACTLY what we were looking for! Thank you CRI!"
"Wow! I feel confident now that I can grow my rehabilitation service into a great profit center."

We look forward to seeing all our wonderful students again soon!

August Canine Sports Medicine class in Australia
Above: Students, faculty, demo dogs, and one up-and-coming veterinary professional pose for a class photo during Canine Sports Medicine, held August 30-September 1 in Brisbane, Australia. Our thanks to our host VetPrac and our sponsors Respond Systems, Medical Plus, Help 'Em Up, Zebra Vet, and PulseVet.

September Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class
Above: Students, faculty, and demo dogs take a group photo during the September 6-10 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Our thanks to Owl Manor Veterinary, Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE), and Cutting Edge Laser Technologies for sponsoring the class.

September Canine Sports Medicine class
Above: Students, faculty, and demo dogs take a group photo during the September 12-14 Canine Sports Medicine module in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Our sincere thanks to sponsors Purina and Companion Animal Health.

September Business of Canine Rehabilitation class
Above: Students and faculty pause for a group photo during The Business of Canine Rehabilitation class, held September 27-28 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Thank you to our sponsors Respond Systems and Spiral Coaching!
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.
Congratulations to Mason, Our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month! breezie

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Our September Breezie Demo Dog Award Winner is Mason, a 7-year-old Welsh Springer Spaniel and the joyful companion of Jenna Dockweiler, MS, DVM, DACT, a veterinarian at our Colorado host facility, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Dr. Dockweiler reports that Mason's hobbies include "hiking, playing with his dog and cat siblings, and ensuring the yard remains free of interloping squirrels. He has competed in a variety of events including obedience, barn hunt, lure coursing, and conformation shows. His true passion is agility, where his favorite obstacle is the tunnel. He currently holds 10 titles through the American Kennel Club. He is best known for his happy attitude, wagging tail, and love of treats!"

Mason was selected as our Breezie Demo Dog of the Month because he exemplified the qualities that made us all love Breezie. He's gorgeous, he's generous, he's beautifully trained, and his tail never stops wagging!

In recognition of this honor, Mason will receive a gift bag from Jiminy's valued at $50. Congratulations, Mason!
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 the United Kingdom, Colorado, North Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Australia, Michigan, Singapore, and California.

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: Clawdia
We've asked our colleagues at OrthoPets to share case studies with us as a way of providing more education about orthotics and prosthetics.
Clawdia is an 8-year-old service dog who works with veterans with PTSD. She suffers from right forelimb meromelia, a birth defect where part of the leg is missing. She is no longer comfortable walking on hard surfaces.
When a good Samaritan saw Clawdia's owner pulling the lab mix in a wagon, the stranger offered to pay for a prosthetic for her. The family contacted Dr. Danyel Wynn at Walking Paws Rehab in Boulder, Colorado, who worked closely with OrthoPets to design a custom prosthetic based on her fiberglass impression, measurements, radiographs, media, and exam.

On device-fitting day, Clawdia beamed, showing off her new gait. A few adjustments were performed to perfect the fit, and OrthoPets also designed a house slipper, a lighter device made primarily of foam, for Clawdia to wear at home.
For the last few months, Clawdia and her family have been working hard with Dr. Wynn to improve her gait and strengthening. Most recently, she has been practicing downhill walking from within a dry treadmill.
Clawdia, a patient of OrthoPets
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Clawdia_ a patient of OrthoPets
Clockwise from top right: Clawdia's right forelimb; radiograph; Clawdia walking in her lightweight house slipper; Clawdia walking and lying down in her prosthetic.
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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