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September 2022 News

We Have a New Home in Missouri!

We are very excited to have a permanent home in Springfield, Missouri!

Starting March 2023, CRI will hold most rehabilitation modules at its new location in Springfield, Missouri. Our Acupuncture certification modules and Canine Sports Medicine will remain in Colorado. Please read more.

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CRI new facility in Springfield Missouri

In The Words of Our Students …

"Overall I feel like this course was very valuable and I learned so much. I loved how hands-on everything was. And the biggest part of the learning that I personally appreciate the most was how much all of the instructors went into the 'why' behind all of the material. I feel like really digging deep into the 'why' behind the material being taught isn't often considered enough, and you all knocked it out of the park. It truly has been a pleasure. Thank you!"

– Aspeyn Langhals, Veterinary Assistant, Cincinnati, Ohio

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CRI Faculty Spotlight

Meet Suzie Stoke!

Suzie Stoke, MSPT, CCRT, has an extensive background in rehabilitation including more than 30 years as a human physical therapist. She developed the rehabilitation department and is the primary rehabilitation therapist at Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab, the premier veterinary orthopedic surgery center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Suzie is a teaching assistant with CRI and principal faculty for the Canine Therapeutic Exercise course. 

A few fun facts about Suzie …

Comedy or drama films? Comedy. Laughter is the best medicine.

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate for SURE!!

Puppies or kittens? Puppies pull at my heart strings.

Beach or pool? Beach wins out for sure with the sounds of the waves and the thrill of boogie boarding and surfing. Did I mention beautiful sunsets?

Wine or beer? Depends on the occasion and the family or friends I am with. I love a glass of wine with my 94-year-old Mom at happy hour. I relish a cold IPA sitting by a stream, after a hike.

Read Suzie’s biography on the CRI website, and watch our Facebook page for more fun facts about Suzie!

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Suzie Stoke and friends

Registration Is Open!

Registration is now open for Winter 2023 Rehabilitation classes! Click here for a calendar of our upcoming in-person classes.

Don't miss your chance to attend:

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Get Certified in Acupuncture

Would you like to provide Acupuncture as a therapy option for your patients? There is still room in the Fall Acupuncture modules! Click here to find out how you can obtain your CVAT!

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Check Out CRI’s Online Learning Platforms

CRI’s online learning platforms are an amazing way to update your clinical knowledge — click here to learn more about our online CRI Member Library that has over 80+ hours (and growing) of CE. We also offer the CRI Acupuncture Member Library focused only on acupuncture.

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CRI Member Library
Acupuncture Library

Veterinary Nurse Corner

Veterinary Nurses and Assistants are the cornerstone to a successful Rehabilitation practice! Click here to learn more about our CCRVN and CCRA programs.

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Congratulations to Our August Intro Students!

Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation August 2022 class photo

Students, faculty, and demo dogs gathered for a class photo during Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, held August 18-21 in Littleton, Colorado.

CHE Research Review

Effect of Massage Therapy on Pain and Quality of Life in Dogs: A Cross Sectional Study

Read the study from Vet Record

The Study: This retrospective study evaluated outcome reports of owners and clinicians from case notes of 527 dogs who had received massage therapy and myofascial release treatments. Changes in the number and severity of issues for five pain indicators including gait, posture, daily activity, behavior, performance, and quality of life score were reported. Significant reductions in pain indicators were noted in successive treatments. Post treatments a dog was more likely to have a positive quality of life.


Study Limitations: Retrospective study with limitations due to lack of control group and variable inclusion criteria.


Impact on Clinical Practice: Owners and clinicians report improvements in pain scores and quality of life for dogs who receive massage therapy.

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Sign up for a free subscription today to gain access to CARE's extensive collection of resources to help your rehabilitation patients and clients. CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of CARE.

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Onlinepethealth – What Are Our Vetrehabber Friends Up to This Month?

Hi Vetrehabbers, September is an exciting month for our Onlinepethealth Equine members, as we dive into a series on saddle fitting with Jochen Schleese from Saddlefit4life. 

In the Onlinepethealth Small Animal members portal, we welcome Carmen Heritier who will discuss the use of keep-going markers to train isometric exercises in canine rehabilitation and Leilani Alvarez who will be diving into an evidence-based approach to CCL rehabilitation. 

In the Hydro members portal, we are excited to have Ansi van der Walt join us to present a webinar on Hydrotherapy for patella luxation. 

There are only two months to go before the Vet Rehab Summit, and tickets are selling fast! For more information on the line-up at this year's Online Conference, head over to the website:

Remember, Onlinepethealth members have FREE VIP access to the Vet Rehab Summit! It's time to #levelup!

Kind regards,

the Onlinepethealth Team

Onlinepethealth September 2022 events

Breezie Demo Dogs of the Month

Our September Breezie Demo Dog Award Winners are Scout and Bliss, Australian Shepherds owned by Karen Vincent.

Scout, a 4-year-old male, competes in agility, rally, obedience and 4-H. Bliss, an 8-year-old female, competes in agility, rally, and obedience. Both dogs run 5 miles just about every day and love to go paddle-boarding and on walks and hikes. They both greet customers at the Garden Center and are regular volunteers at CRI.

In recognition of this honor, Scout and Bliss will receive a $50 gift certificate from Jiminy's good for any of their treats or dog food. Congratulations, Scout and Bliss!





Interested in Our Alaska Course?

Our brand-new course in Alaska – Exercise Physiology for the Working Canine – sold out in three days!

This course will be held January 21-25, 2023, in Big Lake, Alaska, and will be taught by Michael S. Davis, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, the past president of ACVSMR. Learn about the class.

Interested in taking this class? Email us to join our interest list.

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Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse - Coral Springs, Florida

Coral Springs Animal Hospital located in Coral Springs, Florida, is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN or CCRA) to join our growing Physical Rehabilitation Department in our newly designed space. Knowledge and experience in sedation and anesthesia are required to monitor patients for MRI, CTs, radiographs and minor procedures. Experience handling exotics and wildlife is preferred, but not required. We offer the following modalities: laser therapy, TUS, shockwave therapy, PEMF, cryotherapy, manual therapy, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, full equipment for therapeutic exercises, land treadmill, and underwater treadmill.

Education and Experience Recommended: CVT, LVT, RVT, CCRVN or CCRA

To Apply: Please email CV to For more information about the practice, visit Please read the complete job posting for full details.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

For more information, download the Sponsorship Opportunities flier or contact Dwight Amstutz.

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