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October 2020

Updates on CRI Courses Due to COVID-19

We appreciate the patience and flexibility our students have shown as we work to provide the best education in rehabilitation and acupuncture during this challenging time. We have converted our core curriculum courses to hybrid versions so students can continue to learn and complete their certification even with all of the restrictions posed by the pandemic. For more information on each module, please visit their respective pages here: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills, Clinical Applications, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing. Please know we are available by email at info@caninerehabinstitute.com should you have questions or concerns, or want to know more about our classes in the future. Please continue to check our Newsletters and this News page for the latest updates.

June 2020

Congratulations to Francisco Maia, President of the APTA Animal Physical Therapy SIG!

Congratulations to CRI faculty member Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT, for becoming the president of the Animal Physical Therapy Special Interest Group (APT-SIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association!

Francisco has been serving as vice president and will now serve as president of the SIG until 2022.


ANZCVS Expressions of Interest Survey letterTake the ANZCVS Expressions of Interest Survey for a Chapter of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

ANZCVS NEW CHAPTER: Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (VSMR)

Expressions of Interest

The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) seeks to serve the veterinary profession and reward excellence. Membership of the College is an official recognition of a veterinarian's knowledge and experience in a designated field of veterinary science. To become a member of the College a candidate must have at least three and a half years post-graduate experience as a veterinarian and have successfully completed both written and oral/practical examinations in one of the diverse range of subjects on offer.

College Fellowship is associated with scholarly and technical excellence in a particular subject. Standards required for training and examination in Fellowship subjects meet or exceed the prerequisites for registration as a Veterinary Specialist in Australia and/or New Zealand.

In response to feedback from veterinarians, the College is seeking to establish a new Chapter of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (VSMR). The field of VSMR has been developed to address the requirements of athletic and working animals as well as those that need rehabilitation. Rehabilitation not only addresses return to function post-surgery but also includes therapy to improve patient health when limitations exist due to age, chronic disease or other injuries.

VSMR is a rapidly growing field with European and American Colleges already in existence. The ANZCVS is seeking expressions of interest from veterinarians (Members and non-Members) into their interest in participating in a new VSMR Chapter and/or undertaking Membership examinations in this field. If you could please complete the survey via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated. The estimated time to complete the survey is 4 minutes.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/anzcvs_vsmr


Official CARE Sponsor logoCRI Sponsors Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE)

CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE), 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.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions, 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.

CARE is offering a special through CRI. Visit CARE and use coupon code CRI25 to receive 25% off the ANNUAL PRO membership.


Updates on CRI Courses Due to COVID-19

We appreciate the patience and flexibility our students have shown as we work to provide the best education in rehabilitation and acupuncture during this challenging time. We have been very pleased by the response to our Faculty Hot Topics Webinars in rehabilitation and acupuncture, so we will continue to offer them at least through the end of June. The recorded versions of all the webinars are now available in our CRI Member Library, which also includes many RACE-approved courses taught by our amazing faculty.

We have been busy converting our courses to hybrid versions so students can continue to learn even with all of the restrictions posed by the pandemic. This format includes pre-recorded lectures and live Zoom meetings. Any in-person labs sessions will be held later when it is safe for all involved.

The response to the virtual Business of Canine Rehabilitation course was so positive that we plan to offer it again later this year. Our 7-week hybrid Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation will debut on June 4, and we are busy modifying Clinical Skills and Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nursing, which start in July and August, respectively. If you are enrolled in any of these courses, you should have received an email from us.

We also have rescheduled our upcoming Acupuncture courses, starting in July 2020. We are limiting class size to 10 students to allow for social distancing and will notify registrants of any changes at least 30 days prior to the start of each module. We will hold Acupuncture Module 2 in July, then offer either Module 2 or Module 3 in November, depending on the preference of our students.

Please see our Course Schedule page for the most current list of upcoming courses.

Please know we are available by email at info@caninerehabinstitute.com should you have questions or concerns, or want to know more about our classes in the future. Please continue to check our Newsletters and this News page for the latest updates.


May 2020

Interested in an ANZCVS Chapter for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine?

CRI graduate Dr. Yoko Clinch is asking veterinary professionals in Australia and New Zealand for support in creating a recognized specialty for rehabilitation and sports medicine. Dr. Clinch writes:

Dear veterinarians who are students and graduates of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute,

I am writing to ask for your help in establishing a new chapter in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

The ANZCVS oversees Membership and Fellowship examinations for people with an interest in an area of veterinary science, and then the desire to become a recognised specialist (respectively) www.anzcvs.org.au/about-the-college/. The ANZCVS Fellowship qualifications receive equivalent recognition in this country as people who have American or European Board Certifications.

The Board of the ANZCVS have asked me to contact veterinarians interested in sitting this subject area as a Membership exam so that they have a tangible number that they can work with in determining the feasibility of establishing this chapter. I feel very strongly that veterinarians in Australia and New Zealand will benefit from the establishment of a chapter in Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine because it will serve to not only promote the work that we do and the science behind it, but also allow further research into this area, thereby improving the standards of veterinary patient care in collaboration with other fields of veterinary science.

In order to get this chapter established, the Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Membership level exam is proposed to be applicable to small animal and equine practitioners, with the eventual goal of establishing a Fellowship level of qualification in either Small Animal OR Equine Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

To this end if you are a veterinarian who is interested in sitting a Membership level ANZCVS exam in the short-medium term, please email your expression of interest to Robyn Pettigrew, Examinations Officer at: examinations@anzcvs.org.au, with a CC to me at: clinchyoko@gmail.com.

We are also looking for existing Diplomates of the American or European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation who are working in Australia or New Zealand to become founding members for this chapter in the ANZCVS. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me at clinchyoko@gmail.com.

Thank you very much for your time. Kind regards,

Dr Yoko Clinch BSc BVMS (Hons) MANZCVS CCRT

Veterinary Rehabilitation Services
8 Fancote Street
Kelmscott WA 6148


April 2020

Blue Dog Designs logoCongratulations to Brittany Weicht, the 2020 Help 'Em Out Contest Winner!

Canine Rehabilitation Institute and Blue Dog Designs Announce the 2020 Winner of the Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students

CRI is happy to announce Brittany Weicht as the winner of our 2020 Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students sponsored by Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help 'Em Up® Harness.

Brittany Weicht
Brittany Weicht and her dog, Jericho

Entrants were asked to submit an essay explaining their interest in rehabilitation and what they hoped to accomplish in their career with the winner getting free tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module.

Brittany, a third-year student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, said winning the contest was a humbling and exciting experience.

"I have had a special interest in physical rehabilitation since my first day in veterinary school, and now I have the opportunity to study with some of the best rehabilitation therapists in the world," she explained. "I cannot wait to start this journey and put my new skills into practice for the benefit of all my canine patients. I am very thankful to Blue Dog Designs for giving me this great opportunity."

CRI would like to thank Cary and Lindsey Zimmerman, owners of Blue Dog Designs, for their generosity in sponsoring this contest each year. They have helped several deserving veterinary professionals start their careers in canine rehabilitation.


March 2020

Additional Updates on CRI Courses Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have canceled and postponed additional courses through May 31, 2020, to limit the spread of COVID-19. We also have rescheduled several Acupuncture courses. Please see our list of course changes.

March 25, 2020

An Update on CRI Courses Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To Our CRI Students and Graduates:

The safety and health of our community, including our loyal students and dedicated faculty, is always of the utmost importance to us. As such, we are taking the concerns associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation.

We are following the advice of the CDC and want to keep you informed of the immediate steps we are taking to help prevent the spread of the virus. At this time, we have elected to cancel the following courses: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (March 21-25), The Business of Canine Rehabilitation (March 27-28), Kinesiotaping (April 3), and Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation (April 4-5).

We will make a decision regarding the April Clinical Skills and Clinical Applications modules by March 18 and will let you know via our Constant Contact e-news. Future schedule changes will be announced at least 30 days prior to the start of any course.

We will do our best to reschedule the continuing education courses (Business, Kinesiotaping, and Orthopedics) as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you are registered for a course that has been canceled, we will work with you to secure a seat in a future course. In the meantime, please contact your airlines and hotels immediately. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Please reply to info@caninerehabinstitute.com with your questions or comments.


Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT
Founder and CEO

March 12, 2020


January 2020

Veterinary Students: Enter the Help 'Em Out Contest to Win Free Tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation – a $2,900 Value!

Blue Dog Designs Help 'Em Up logo Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help‘Em Up Harness®, in partnership with Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), has announced the 2020 “Help ‘Em Out” contest to encourage veterinary students to pursue education in canine rehabilitation. The winner of the “Help ‘Em Out” contest will receive free tuition for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, one of the three courses required for certification by Canine Rehabilitation Institute – a $2,900 value!

The contest is open from January 15 through March 1, 2020. Entrants will be asked to submit a 400-500-word essay explaining their interest in canine rehabilitation and what they hope to accomplish in their career. The winner will be selected by March 30 and would be eligible to attend Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation June 5-9, 2020, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

The Help ‘Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students is now closed. Please check back later this spring for an announcement about the winner.


October 2019

Introducing The Tayla Fund

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.

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.

Donate to The Tayla Fund

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.


May 2018

Second Edition of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Now Available!

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation book coverCRI 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.

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Congratulations to Our New Graduates

September 2020
Sarah Cochrane, MA, MPhil, VetMB, CCRT
Sarah Jamieson, PT, DPT, CCRT
Kevin Keller, DVM, CCRT

August 2020
Kimberly Williams, RVT, CCRVN

July 2020
Yoon Ji Bae, DVM, CCRT
William Ernst, LVT, CCRVN
Jennifer Hall, CCRA
Kristin Massey, PT, DPT, CCRT
Eling Miller, PT, DPT, CCRT
Kristi Wubben, DVM, CCRT

June 2020
Nashua Compton, DVM, CCRT
Olivia Oubre, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jenna Pham, DVM Candidate, CCRT (pending)

May 2020
Leslie Winner, DVM, CCRT

April 2020
Jaclyn Barrette, DVM Candidate, CCRT (pending)
Jenny Capel, PT, CCRT
Cheryl Coplon, DVM, CCRT
Ashley Harris, CCMT, CCRA

March 2020
Brenda Buffum, RVT, CCRVN
Joanna Chan, BVSc, CCRT
Lara Dellar, CCRA
Lauren Fiedler, PT, CCRT
Coby Frey, DVM, CCRT
Peggy Halwachs, PT, CCRT
Kelsey Jonas, PT, DPT, CCRT
Lynde Mann, CCRA
Alison Mays, PT, CCRT
Kristal Miles, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Maria Patino, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Coral Pond, LVT, CCRVN
Ashley Schroeder, DVM, MPH, CCRT
Joey Sneva, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Sarah Tingle, CVT, CCRVN
Leanne Wagener, DVM, CVA, CCRT

February 2020
Britt Coles, DVM, CCRT
Kate Dean, RVT, CCRVN (pending)
Taren Frazier, DPT, TPDN, CCRT
Tracie Merrill, RVT, CCRVN
Sonya Moeller, BSc, BVMS, CCRT
Amanda Pender, DPT, COMT, CVRT, CCRT
Christina Rock, BVSc, CCRT
Lerin Rives, DVM, CCRT
Erin True, DVM, CCRT
Sarah Zarzinsky, CCRA

January 2020
Lisa Burnett, DVM, CCRT
Rebecca Christie, CCRA
Bong-Su Chun, DVM, CCRT
Ebony Deglaitis, RVN, CCRVN
Derriann Hope, CVT, CCRVN
Ilona Hudson, BVSc, MANZVS, Grad Dip Anim Chiro, CVA, CCRT
Katie Ladwig, CVT, CCRVN
Byron Lee, DVM, CCRT
Chulki (Michael) Lee, DVM, CCRT
Janasia Rapp, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Rebecca Tani, DPT, CCRT

December 2019
Sara Giovenco, CCMT, CCRA
Justin Harper, DVM, DACVS, CCRT
Natalie Jones, DVM, CCRT
Whitney Mitchell, PT, CCRT
Chastity Mofford, CVT, CCRVN

November 2019
Elizabeth Craig, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Robert Daems, DVM, CCRT
Laura Davenport-Scherr, DVM, CCRT
Krisje Dierckx, LVT, CCRVN
Mary Mischke, PT, DPT, OCS, CCRT
Alison Moran, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS, Grad Dip Anim Chiro, CCRT
Tammy Stevenson, DVM, CCRT
Kristen Theresa, PT, DPT, CCRT

October 2019
Brandi Bernard, PT, DPT, CCRT
Kelly Ciggaar, DVM, CCRT
Linda Isaacson-Kuckelman, DVM, CCRT
Diane Jurgens, CVT, CCRVN
Anthony Pizzicarola, DVM, CCRT
Lesley Scheblein, DVM, CCRT
Li-Ming Soh, BVSc, CCRT

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