In Our August 2016 Issue … 

  • 4e17ddaa-703e-4c12-993c-2bcd0b3ef3cbRegister Now for Canine Sports Medicine in Germany!
  • Five Seats Are Available for Our Introduction Course in Australia … and We’re Planning to Return in January!
  • Register Now for Our Business Class – Only a Few Seats Remain!
  • Registration Is Open for January 2017 Classes!
    Save the Dates for Our 2017 Classes!
    Interested in Our New Online Clinical Research Course?
  • Be Careful With Protected Terms … and more!


Last Chance! Register Now for Canine Sports Medicine in Germany!  

unnamed-3CRI is headed to Frankfurt, Germany in a few weeks, and we have a few spots open! Join us September 4-6 forCanine Sports Medicine, taught by expert faculty member Dr. Chris Zink. Recent students have given the class high marks, saying:

“This class (Canine Sports Medicine) really made learning fun. Dr. Zink is a great instructor.” – Mandy Brody, RVT, CCRA, Atlanta, Georgia  

“I thought the sport class was one of the best I’ve been to for years and am so looking forward to the future classes. Thanks again and thanks, Chris, for your patience with all my questions.” – David Hirsch, DVM, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

The course will be hosted by Dr. Alexandra Keller of Praxis für Tiermedizin & Chiropraktik in its newly renovated practice and teaching facility.

To register online or learn more, please visit the Praxis für Tiermedizin & Chiropraktik website or see the German Program page on our website.


Join Us in Australia! Five Seats Are Now Available for Our Introduction Course in October … and We’re Planning to Return in January for Our Therapist Course! 


The CRI and VetPrac team in Australia in February.

We are now able to offer 5 additional seats in our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course, to be held October 14-18, 2016, in Brisbane, Australia. Contact us now before this opportunity disappears!

Our Introduction course is open to all veterinarians and physiotherapists as well as any veterinary nurses who attended the Canine Sports Medicine course.

Our host will again be Dr. Ilana Mendels and VetPrac, which did a spectacular job of organizing our first course. Faculty will include Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRTLaurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVC, CCRT,  Judy Coates, MSPT, MEd, CCRT, and Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR.

The course venue will be Hockey QLD (Brisbane) 420 Lytton Rd, Morningside, Queensland.

We are also excited to announce that we are planning to offer The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in Australia in January! Please email Dr. Ilana Mendels of VetPrac at we.help@vetprac.com for more details.

To register online or learn more, visit the VetPrac website or see the Australian Program page of our website.


Register Now for Our Business in Canine Rehabilitation Class – Only a Few Seats Remain! 


Dr. Steve Steinberg

We had a great response to our News Flash sent earlier this month, and we now have only a handful of seats left in The Business of Canine Rehabilitation.

To join us, register now for The Business of Canine Rehabilitation, being held October 22-23 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Note: Our Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation class is sold out. Pleasecontact us to be added to our waiting list.

The course schedule is:

Both classes will be held at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland, approximately 1 hour from Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Faculty for the courses will include Steve Steinberg, VMD, Dip. ACVIM, Neurology, CCRT, Chief of Staff at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates.

The Business of Canine Rehabilitation is open to all veterinary and physical therapy professionals as well as practice managers and rehab practice investors. For both classes, veterinary technicians, including CCRPs and CCRAs, must submit an Employer Agreement Letter indicating that there is a veterinarian or physical therapist either certified in canine rehabilitation working in their practice or registered for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

Practice managers and rehab practice investors: If you are interested in taking the Business class and do not have a veterinary or physical therapy degree, please contact CRI and request instructions about how to register.

Please visit the Business and Aquatic Therapy course pages for more details about each course.

To plan transportation and hotel accommodations, please visit our Travel Arrangements page for Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Don’t wait – register today to reserve your seat!


Registration Is Open for January 2017 Classes!

b831d935-a599-4793-9059-a860478190ffOur January 2017 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Sports Medicine classes in Coral Springs, Florida are filling up quickly! This is a great time to head to Florida, and soak up the sun!

We also have a few spaces left in our December 2016 Canine Rehabilitation Therapist class. Tuition increases in 2017, so join us in December to take advantage of the lower fee!

Registration is currently open for:

Please check our website for the most up-to-date course schedule.

Remember that we also offer discounted 2-course packages for either (1) The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist plus Canine Sports Medicine or (2) The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant plus Canine Sports Medicine. Please see the 2-Course Packages section at the bottom of the Online 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 2016 or 2017 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.

Don’t wait – register today to reserve your seat!


In the Words of Our Students … 

“Excellent anatomy review. Much better taught than in vet school! The clay models, repetition, and testing were very effective. Well balanced between lectures and hands-on.”

– Seth Bleakley, MVB, MRCVS, CCRT, Fort Collins, Colorado


42dbfd56-f11f-4cb3-ba51-0b6814f0c322CRI Faculty Members Lecture at ECVS Conference in Portugal.  

CRI faculty members Dr. Chris Zink (left) and Dr. Patsy Mich enjoy a break from their lecturing responsibilities at the European College of Veterinary Surgeons conference in Lisbon, Portugal in July.

Save the Dates for Our 2017 Classes!cef82afe-b126-481d-aa70-3b30428d6334

CRI is excited to announce the dates for our January-May 2017 classes! If you are ready to move forward with certification, mark these dates on your calendar and plan to join us!

Our CCRT program is offered to veterinarians and physical therapists. Our CCRA program is offered to veterinary technicians. Please see our CCRT page and CCRA page for more information about each program and the sequence in which courses may be taken.

In Coral Springs, Florida:
Registration for each class will open approximately 6-8 months in advance. We will announce our Continuing Education courses planned for 2017 soon. Please visit the Course Schedule page on our website for the latest information.

Interested in Our New Online Clinical Research Course?


Chris Zink, DVM, PhD

We are getting ready to offer the second session of our online course,Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research, which will begin January 10, 2017.

This online course, taught by CRI faculty member Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, is intended to help demystify clinical research for practicing rehabilitation therapists, interns and residents. Dr. Zink has spent more than 30 years conducting clinical research and is passionate about sports medicine and rehabilitation.

The online course lasts for 10 weeks and is open to all veterinarians and physical therapists. Each week there will be a 1-hour lecture to view on your own time, 2-4 hours for assignment preparation, and a 1-hour live discussion. This course also is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 15 credit hours.

If you are interested in registering for the next session, email us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com to be placed on our waiting list.


We’re Headed Back to the UK in April 2017! 

unnamed-6We are excited to announce that we will be presenting the Canine Sports Medicine course at the University of Surrey’s new College of Veterinary Medicine on April 21-23, 2017.

More details will be posted soon on our website.


Be 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.

CRI Students: Remember to Back Up Your Files!

unnamed-4CRI students, be sure to take a few minutes to back up all the electronic files from your CRI courses. We have heard from a few students recently who have experienced hard drive crashes and lost their CRI materials. Our faculty members frequently update their electronic files, so we are not able to provide copies of previous course materials. Please back up your CRI files and all other important files so you will be protected in the event of a computer malfunction.

CRI Graduates: Is Your Contact Information Still Correct?unnamed

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: Fynn

82b2c64a-6968-4885-89a0-94eac3b1a45aWe’ve asked our colleagues at OrthoPets to share case studies with us as a way of providing more education about orthotics and prosthetics.
Fynn is a 6-year-old Australian Cattle Dog with a love for life! He has plenty of energy but unfortunately, his body did not want to cooperate. In October 2015, he presented with progressive carpal hyperextension. At OrthoPets, we receive many inquiries for dogs with progressive palmi-/plantigrade stance. While traumatic injuries generally affect at the most two (front) legs, dogs with underlying reasons (such as immune-mediated polyarthritis, endocrine disease or chronic steroid administration) may present with all four legs affected. Regardless of the diagnosis, treatment is challenging but generally consists of treating the underlying disease to avoid progression and arthrodesis/-es of the affected joints. Of course, this treatment choice is rarely elected by owners if multiple legs are affected because of the invasiveness, morbidity and cost associated with multiple limb arthrodeses. At OrthoPets we offer custom-made orthoses to support these patients.
In Fynn, there was no history of a traumatic injury, and he presented “dropped” in all four legs. In addition to the carpal hyperextension, frontal plane instability was also present. Due to the degree of carpal hyperextension and multi-plane instability, OrthoPets fabricated bilateral non-articulating carpal devices with articulating paw segments. If he continues to deteriorate, his veterinarian will have the option to immobilize the paw segment as well to assist with propulsion and add additional control.
Fynn did great with the support and stability the carpal orthoses provided. He was able to begin increasing his activities. In March 2016, his disease progressed and he was diagnosed with progressive tarsal hyperflexion. Since he did well with his carpal devices, his owner decided to pursue bilateral tarsal devices.
OrthoPets fabricated bilateral non-articulating tarsal devices with articulating paw segments. The tarsal orthoses are similar to his carpal orthoses by providing the greatest amount of support and stability by not allowing articulation. The dynamic articulating paw segments on the tarsal devices can also be immobilized if he continues to deteriorate.
Fynn adjusted to having 4 orthoses quickly and has begun to return to the life he deserves. Great job, Fynn! You’re a rock star!

CRI Offers Sponsorship Opportunities.   unnamed-9

CRI is now offering the following opportunities for sponsorship.

  • Place a Banner Ad in the CRI e-Newsletter
  • Sponsor a Lunch & Learn
  • Sponsor a Lunch
  • Sponsor a Dinner Presentation
  • Sponsor a Continuing Education Course

For complete details, download the Sponsorship Opportunities flier.

To become a sponsor, please contact Emily Selbe at emily.selbe@att.net.


unnamedThank You, Purina, for Your Support!    

Our sincere thanks to Purina for supporting our Canine Sports Medicine courses through Lunch & Learns throughout 2016.


Looking for Relevant Publications?  unnamed-1

Want more current publications? Want more evidence? Join the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and receive access to the monthly Articles of Interest – a curated document listing published articles relevant to veterinary rehabilitation. In addition, members can browse the AARV archives for articles compiled over the past several years.


AARV Adds Membership Category for Allied Health Professionals.unnamed-1

CRI applauds the recent decision by the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) to add a new membership category for Allied Health Professionals. The annual dues are $40, and this gives members access to the members-only pages of the AARV website, including the archived Monthly Articles of Interest (recent publications on research related to rehabilitation), and discounts offered by AARV sponsor companies. We encourage our PT and PTA colleagues to take advantage of this opportunity.

Visit the AARV website to learn more about membership benefits and how to become a member.

Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI founder and CEO, is an AARV past president. CRI graduate Dr. Carolina Medina currently serves as AARV president.


Thank You to the Following Sponsors for Their Support!





unnamedCRI courses are held year-round in locations across the country. Visit our website at www.caninerehabinstitute.com for more information including a complete course calendar.

Don’t forget that CCRTs and CCRAs are eligible for a 10% discount on most CRI Continuing Education Courses!