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  • We’re Headed Back to the UK in 2017!
  • Register Now for Classes in Australia in October and January!
  • Join Us in Maryland for Our Business Class!
  • Our Next Online Clinical Research Course Starts in January!
  • We Have Opened Registration for More 2017 Classes!
  • Our Colorado Classes Are Moving! … and more!

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

0384fdbc-8290-499f-b45c-8dd515f3633bThe Canine Rehabilitation Institute is excited to be returning to the United Kingdom!

We will be presenting our Canine Sports Medicine course at the University of Surrey’s new School of Veterinary Medicine on April 21-23, 2017. This brand-new veterinary school has amazing state-of-the-art facilities all in a beautiful park-like setting with hotels nearby in Guildford.

We plan to continue with the two remaining courses in our certification program – Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist – assuming we have sufficient demand.

Online registration will open soon. For more details, please see the UK Program page on our website.


The April 21-23 Canine Sports Medicine course will be held at the University of Surrey’s brand-new School of Veterinary Medicine.


CRI graduates Javier Gil Marinez-Darve, DVM, MRCVS, CCRT (left), Amy Watson, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, CCRT (third from left), and Pete van Dongen, DVM, Cert VR, MRCVS, CCRT(with his wife, Carry) met with CRI founder and CEO Dr. Janet Van Dyke (second from left) earlier this month to work on logistics for the course.

 Register Now for Classes in Australia in October and January!

 We are looking forward to holding two more classes Down Under in the next few months!


The CRI and VetPrac team in Australia in February.

Registration is now open for:

Please note that the venue for the October 14-18 Introduction class has changed. The new course location is:

Albion Park Raceway
Administration building level 1.
Yulestar St, Albion QLD 4010

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

Our Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy (Therapist Module) course is open to veterinarians and physiotherapists. Participants must have completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation with CRI either in Australia, Europe or the USA to qualify for this level of training.

Our host will again be Dr. Ilana Mendels and VetPrac, which did a spectacular job of organizing our first course.

To register online or learn more, visit the VetPrac website or see the Australian Program page of our website. If you have questions, please email Dr. Ilana Mendels of VetPrac at we.help@vetprac.com.

In the Words of Our Students … 

“What an amazing class (The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist)! Thank you to all of the instructors, TAs, and supportive staff for making this experience so great! My brain is full, and I can’t wait to transition from human physical therapy to canine.”

– Sunny Rubin, MSPT, Seattle, Washington

Join Us in Maryland for Our Business in Canine Rehabilitation Class!


Dr. Steve Steinberg

There are still a few seats left for The Business of Canine Rehabilitation, coming up October 22-23 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The Business of Canine Rehabilitation will be held Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 from 8 a.m.-12 noon

at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland, approximately 1 hour from Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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

Note: The second class offered this weekend, Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation, is sold out. Please contact us to be added to our waiting list.

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!

Register Now! Our Next Online Clinical Research Course Starts in January.


Chris Zink, DVM PhD

We have opened registration for the second session of our online course, Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research. The course will begin January 10, 2017 and continue for 10 weeks, ending on March 20, 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.

Students who took the first session of this course commented:

“I feel empowered to do clinical research. I now know how to ask the right questions and get the data.”

“This course has opened my eyes to how easily we could conduct clinical research in our own practice. For years we have documented outcomes from different treatment formats, and now we have a way to evaluate them and hopefully help others.”

The online course 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.

This course is limited to 15 students, so register online now to reserve your seat in the class.

We Have Opened Registration for More 2017 Classes!

69bb9b2f-fba8-4e3d-8d94-8fed222b93bc.jpgWe have just opened registration for several more courses in 2017 – taking place in sunny Florida, online, and overseas. Classes are filling up. Register onlinenow to reserve your seat!

We also have just 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 pagefor 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!

Our Colorado Classes Are Moving to a New Location!

975f5a53-5be6-4e90-ae92-57c444b11b2f.gifWe are excited to announce that starting in June 2017, CRI will be holding its Colorado classes at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, located just west of Denver.

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, part of the Ethos Veterinary Health group, is in the midst of constructing an all-new hospital that will include a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center and conference facilities. Construction is planned to be complete by spring 2017.

We expect our first class at Wheat Ridge to be Introduction to Canine Rehabilitd20457fd-e059-494f-8d27-39c425771a38.jpgation from June 18-22, followed by Canine Sports Medicine from June 24-26.

Everyone at CRI is excited about this new opportunity to partner with the team at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital and the entire Ethos Veterinary Health group of practices.

To follow the progress on the new building, see the construction photos posted in the NEW Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital album on Facebook.

We’d also like to add our sincere thanks to Dr. Brian McKee and his crew at Aspen Arbor Animal Hospital and Lori Beuerle and her team at Canine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Group (CRCG) for being our hosts in Broomfield for the last 6+ years!

Save the Dates for Our 2017 Classes!

cef82afe-b126-481d-aa70-3b30428d6334.jpgCRI is excited to announce the dates for our January-May 2017 U.S. 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.

Demand Growing for Animal Rehabilitation Services

1c9fada9-8969-4e5c-b913-49fae13de254.jpgA recent article in Chicago’s Daily Herald newspaper spotlighted the increasing demand for animal rehabilitation services. The article, “Why demand for upscale animal rehabilitation facilities is growing in suburbs,” featured Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, which opened a new 8,600-square foot athletic center in August to meet the increasing demand for animal exercise and recovery services.

In the article, Michael San Filippo, spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association, said the main reason for the increase is the changed relationship between humans and pets.

“Over the last few generations we have brought our pets into our houses, into our beds in some cases, and included them as a part of our families,” he said. “Along with that comes a demand or expectation that they can get the same kinds of treatments that we get as humans. … If people have a dog that is sick or injured, they are willing to go the extra mile to see what treatments are out there and give it a try.”

The article also noted that in 2010 the American Veterinary Medical Association established board certification for sports medicine and rehabilitation because of increased interest. CRI founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke and faculty members Drs. Felix Duerr, Laurie McCauley, Patrice Mich, Kristin Kirkby Shaw, Joe Spoo, and Chris Zink all have earned board certification through the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

germanyCRI Travels to Germany!

CRI traveled to Frankfurt, Germany earlier in September to hold its Canine Sports Medicine class at Praxis für Tiermedizin & Chiropraktik in its newly renovated practice and teaching facility.

Students take part in a gait analysis lab outdoors at Praxis für Tiermedizin & Chiropraktik in Frankfurt, Germany.


Students work on patient assessment labs indoors.

Our thanks to Dr. Alexandra Keller of Praxis für Tiermedizin & Chiropraktik for hosting this course.

CRI looks forward to returning to this beautiful practice in May/June 2017 to bring the Canine Sports Medicine module back and to offer the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module. Watch this newsletter for more details.

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!

b70dc548-619a-4188-b367-181b51d3bf4cCRI 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?

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: Casey

We’ve asked our colleagues at OrthoPets to share case studies with us as a way of providing more education about orthotics and prosthetics.


Casey is an English Pointer who is her owner’s hunting companion. A few months ago, Casey returned from the field lame in the hind end, so her owner thought it would be best to take her to the veterinarian. On gait evaluation, Casey showed a mild lameness worse in the left hind limb. While there was no evidence of increased tarsal flexion (“dropped hock” or “crab-claw” appearance), palpation of the common calcanean tendons revealed thickening bilaterally especially at the insertion of the calcaneus. Radiographs showed areas of dystrophic calcification at the insertion of the tendon. The rest of the exam was within normal limits. Casey was diagnosed with bilateral (Type 3, which is a tendinosis only with no increased hock flexion) Achilles tendonopathy, with the left being more symptomatic that the right. While Type 3 injuries can progress to more severe injuries (frequently Type 2c), surgery is generally not recommended for these injuries since the tendon is intact. Casey was placed on restricted activity and referred to a rehabilitation therapist to discuss options for this patient, specifically custom orthotic devices to reduce the stress on the Achilles tendons while they heal.

The OrthoPets tarsal orthosis creates an external moment to stabilize the tarsus when the soft tissues are not capable of stabilizing it. For cases like Casey, the first stage is generally a tarsus paw configuration with a locked-out motion limiter. This device does all the work for the Achilles mechanism allowing the early healing stages to proceed by removing tension on the impaired tendon. By doing so, the device provides an optimal environment to allow the body to heal.

Once early healing has been accomplished, the orthosis can be adjusted to allow additional flexion as the patient is able to handle some, or all, of the forces acting on the tarsus via the Achilles mechanism. Commonly used assessments to determine integrity of the Achilles tendon are palpation, clinical symptoms, goniometry, measurement of the standing angle and ideally ultrasound. When the veterinarian decides to begin additional loading of the Achilles tendon, destabilization of the device is warranted.

Casey’s owners opted to move forward with bilateral tarsal orthotics in the hopes that the tendons will heal on their own, so that she can get back to hunting activities. Casey received bilateral articulating tarsal devices with articulating paw segments. Initially, Casey was placed in 165 degrees of tarsal extension with very limited movement allowed. As the tendon heals, Casey will gradually be allowed increased range of motion at the tarsus in increments of 10 degrees. If Casey shows signs of a full recovery, the goal is to remove the paw segment and to use the devices at times of high activity (such as hunting) to prevent further injury to her Achilles complex.

When dogs are able to demonstrate a standing tarsal angle when challenged (i.e. holding up the contralateral limb) of >135 degrees, they generally are able to transition into a sports brace. The sports brace conversion consists of grinding down the distal metatarsal shell removing the hinge attachment for the paw segment and adding a foam edge band to aid in device suspension. If this option is chosen, we will also replace the metal motion limiting component with a Dacron motion limiting strap allowing flexion to 120 degrees. Please note that due to these changes, this conversion is irreversible and therefore has to be considered carefully (if recurrence is observed a new device has to be manufactured).

If a dog does not start to show signs of recovery, the goals and device requirements need to change to match the fact that the tendon is not healing to the degree desired. This is particularly common in dogs that have more severe disease with an increased tarsal flexion angle. If this is observed, despite the environment being provided via the orthosis and the required owner compliance, it may mean that a patient will be fully reliant on the orthosis. In these cases, further or other treatment options such as regenerative medicine or surgical treatment in combination with the orthosis may be considered. Of course, tendon healing is slow and sometimes just giving it more time allows progression through the phases.

CRI Offers Sponsorship Opportunities.   e37f3f32-5502-41a9-9758-70ef2b788082

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 atemily.selbe@att.net.

efafd40a-b8e3-4335-ad9c-4be7fa228be4Thank You, Purina, for Your Support!

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


Sign Up for a New Email Newsletter from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

0fe78a9c-ad5d-43b4-9d05-18b64d8a5c9cThe American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation now has a monthly newsletter edited by Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI founder and CEO. If you are interested in receiving regular updates from the college, sign up for this newsletter by going to the ACVSMR website.

Looking for Relevant Publications?  

ac072ca4-7eab-4425-939f-187793b5c04aWant 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.

ac072ca4-7eab-4425-939f-187793b5c04aCRI 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!


87ba7ab1-7abc-47c3-b237-46f85cc1efe6CRI 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!