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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.

Sincerely,

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.

 

July 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Kara Amstutz and Dr. Jordan Sedlacek, 2019 Recipients of the CRI Research Grant for AARV Members!

Dr. Kara Amstutz
Dr. Kara Amstutz

CRI is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 CRI Research Grant for members of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)!

Congratulations to Dr. Kara Amstutz, the owner and medical director of Hometown Veterinary Hospital and River Canine Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri. Her research topic is "Comparison of Two Home Exercise Programs to Traditional Activity Restriction in Postoperative TPLO."

"Dr. Amstutz's grant proposal was chosen from 5 blinded submissions by the AARV board of directors," stated AARV President Dr. Amber Ihrke. "We congratulate Dr. Amstutz and look forward to the presentation of her research at VMX 2021 during the AARV lecture track. In addition, we thank Canine Rehabilitation Institute for being a great partner and supporting research in the field of veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine."

AARV members who are veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary and physical therapy interns and residents, or fourth-year veterinary students (those graduating in 2020) were eligible to submit abstracts to apply for this grant. The AARV board of directors reviewed and voted on blinded copies of the abstracts to select the final grant recipients. CRI was not involved in the judging process or selection of the recipients.

The CRI Research Grant includes tuition to CRI's Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course that will begin on Monday, September 9, 2019, as well as $5,000 for original research. The results of this research are to be presented during the AARV lecture track at the 2021 VMX conference in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Jordan Sedlacek
Dr. Jordan Sedlacek

In recognition of the quality of the grant submissions, CRI has decided to also offer an award to finalist Dr. Jordan Sedlacek.

"Everyone at CRI was so impressed with the amount of interest in our first research grant," stated Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI's founder and CEO. "We heard from AARV board members who reviewed the applications that there were a number of very strong candidates. Dr. Kara Amstutz was selected as the recipient based on her research proposal to evaluate the effects of two home exercise plans compared to traditional recommendations of activity restriction and walking plan in postoperative, unilateral TPLO canine patients. We look forward to her participation in our Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course, and to seeing her present her results at VMX 2021. Because of our commitment to supporting research in canine rehabilitation, we have elected to also offer free tuition for this course to Dr. Jordan Sedlacek, who was one of the two finalists."

Dr. Jordan Sedlacek is a veterinarian at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her research topic is "The Effect of Serial Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments on Stem Cell Mobilization in Canines."

The goal of CRI's research course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting. The entire process from concept to publication is covered. Each participant begins by developing a research hypothesis that matches their interests and clinical case loads, and then designs, carries out and analyzes the data for a pilot study. This online course, with weekly live remote sessions, takes place over 10 weeks and is limited to 15 students.

Congratulations again to Dr. Kara Amstutz and Dr. Jordan Sedlacek for their outstanding grant submissions!

 

June 2019

Kristin Kirkby Shaw's article in Blackmores' pet magazineCheck Out This Great Educational Resource Written by CRI Faculty Member Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw!

Congratulations to CRI faculty member Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, who recently had a 2-page article published in Blackmores' pet magazine about the importance of canine rehabilitation after surgery.

This article would make a great educational tool to educate pet parents and referring veterinarians!

Click here to read and download the article.

 

May 2019

Blue Dog Designs logoBlue Dog Designs and Canine Rehabilitation Institute Announce the 2019 Winner of the Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Technicians / Nurses Pursuing a Career in Canine Rehabilitation

Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help 'Em Up® Harness, in partnership with Canine Rehabilitation Institute, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Help 'Em Out Contest: Carly Arbitman from New York City.

Carly ArbitmanCarly is a lead veterinary technician at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners of New York. Previously, Carly practiced for nearly five years with Dr. Bonnie Brown, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist at Gotham Veterinary Center/Canine Rehab of New York. Carly will receive free tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, a $2,900 course, one of the three courses required for certification by Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

"Ever since I became a licensed veterinary technician, it has been my mission to help pets and their owners live their best lives together," said Carly. "Being in the field of canine rehabilitation has allowed me to work towards that goal every day. When an owner tells me that their beloved pet can jump on the bed again, or go for a long walk in the park, it warms my heart. By winning this contest I can continue on the path to helping as many pets as I can. I am truly grateful for everyone that has supported me along the way and am excited about the future."

"Thanks to the support of Blue Dog Designs, we are thrilled to be able to provide this educational opportunity to Carly to help progress her career in canine rehabilitation," said Dr. Janet Van Dyke, founder and CEO of Canine Rehabilitation Institute. "After she completes CRI certification, she will be able to take her new skills and the hands-on experience that distinguishes our program back to her practice and patients."

The national Help 'Em Out competition was launched in February 2019 and ran through April 15. The goal was to encourage veterinary technicians/nurses to pursue education in rehabilitation to help meet growing demand in the field. Entrants were required to meet the prerequisites for CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course, and write an essay explaining their interest in canine rehabilitation and what they hoped to accomplish in their career. Carly will attend the course this September in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

"This contest is a way for us to provide support to a veterinary technician/nurse passionate about canine rehabilitation while at the same time calling attention to the need for more certified professionals in this field," said Cary Zimmerman, co-founder of Blue Dog Designs and creator of the Help 'Em Up® Harness - the first full-body lifting device for dogs with impaired mobility and strength.

Congratulations to Carly, and thank you to Blue Dog Designs for their support!

 

March 2019

CRI Graduate Dr. Leilani Alvarez Published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association

Congratulations to CRI graduate Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, on her recent publication "Effect of Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy on Canine Postoperative Hemilaminectomy: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial" in the March/April 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Read the abstract and more about the article.

 

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

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
Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVAA, cVMA, CVPP, CCRP, CVAT, 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

September 2019
Vicky Fraser, BVetMed, MRCVS, CCRT
Marla Wilkerson, PT, MPT, CHT, CCRT
Stephanie Winter, DVM, CCRT

August 2019
Maria Bromme, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Tracey Carlisle, MVB, CCRT
Liz Cuttino, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Troy Everson, DVM, CVA, CVMST, CCRT
Ellie Jarnot, DVM, CCRT
Yesica Torres Tovar, LVT, CCRVN
Jenna Webb (née Evans), BSc, BVMS (Hons), CCRT

July 2019
Kim Barrier, CCRA
Kaitlin Bogart, PT, DPT, CCRT
Jessica Cardon, DVM, CCRT
Whitley Case, PT, DPT, OCS, CCRT
Debra Curson, BVSc, MSc, MRCVS, CCRT
Ashley Geoghegan, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVCH, CCRT
Andrew Groome, PT, CCRT
Amber Heckler, PT, CCRT
Martine Leijssen, PT, CCRT
Elissa Marriott, BVSc, CVA, IVAS. Grad Dip Pract Mgt. ABMP, CCRT
Heather Misener, DVM, CCRT, CVAT
Sheri Mounteer, MPT, CCRT
Jessica Pizzillo, DVM, CCRT
Kendra Rushing, DVM, CCRT, CVAT
Allison Turner, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Annie Ubatuba, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT
Sonia Vande Paer, DVM, CCRT
Liesbeth Vandewalle, DVM, CCRT
Hanna Wachtel, DVM, CCRT

June 2019
Andrew Fisher, CCRA
Meike Nagel, CCRA
Neo Peici, BVSc, CCRT
Nikki Yearneau, CVT, CCRVN

May 2019
Kim Barrett, PT, CCRT
Erin Bukofsky, PT, DPT, CCRT
Bridget Dermott, DVM, CCRT
Nandita Fernandes, DVM, MPH, cVMA, CCRT
Karen Gregor, CVT, CCRVN
Jenna Hauck, DVM, CVA, CVMMP, CCRT
Jessica Inskeep, CVT, CCRVN
Laura Kupers, DVM, CCRT
Leah Murphy, RVT, CCRVN

April 2019
Annie Bartlett, CCRA
Patricia Laforte, DVM, CCRT
Sarah Leavell, DVM, CCRT
Brandy Madeiros, CVT, CCRVN
Emily Pong, CCRA
Kimi Ross, DVM, CCRT
Jennifer Rudnick, DVM, CCRT
Brenda Salinadi, DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRT
Hanlin Song, DVM, CCRT
Tasha Wilson, DVM, cVMA, CCRT

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