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Registration Is Open for March 2017 Classes!

Our Next Online Clinical Research Course Starts in January

We Had a Great Time in Australia … and We’re Going Back in January!

We’re Headed Back to the UK and Germany in 2017!

New Construction Pics from Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital

Pawsitive Changes: Project V.E.T.S. … and more!

Registration Is Open for March 2017 Classes!

d1241660-fed6-42c9-8317-2df1d4c5c87f.jpgPlan a spring get-away in warm, sunny Florida! We have just opened registration for our March 2017 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Sports Medicine classes, both being held in Coral Springs, Florida.

Don’t wait to register – classes fill up quickly! Register online now to reserve your seat!

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 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!

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


Chris Zink, DVM, PhD

Registration is open 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.

Note: Members of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society are eligible for a 10% discount on this course. Select the “discounted rate for VOS members” registration button on the CRI website to receive the discount. Not a VOS member? Join VOS today to receive the discounted rate. VOS member status will be verified by CRI after registration is submitted.

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

We Had a Great Time at Our Introduction Class in Australia …

Our inaugural Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course in Brisbane, Australia was a great success. We had 26 students from all around Australia as well as from New Zealand, Singapore, and the Czech Republic. The teaching facility, Albion Park Raceway, was wonderful, and our volunteer dogs were amazing, as were their owners who spent their days with us.

85a587ec-6508-4e77-b616-59e73bebb7a4The VetPrac team was highly organized as usual, providing amazing meals and great service (including massage therapists!). We enjoyed two wonderful group dinners with faculty and students, allowing us all to get to know one another beyond our teaching hours.


Top photo: CRI team members at the Introduction class. From left, Elena Saltis, MPT; Jennifer Pultz, DVM, MBA; Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR; Judy Coates, MPT; Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR; Mamie Whitman, MPT; Joyce Rudzitis; and Amber Kenney, MPT. Bottom photos: Students get hands-on experience during the Introduction class.

Our students also had very positive feedback about the course:

“Fantastic course. Great location. Wonderful lecturers and TAs. I can’t wait for the next course! Great food, organization, etc.”

“Thank you for a very worthwhile and valuable course. Five days is a long time, but I feel confident I can take this info back to my practice and use it daily.” – Genevieve Payne, BVSc, BPhty

“Thank you very much for all of the instructors’ and lecturers’ enthusiasm and passion for canine rehab. Your generosity in sharing your knowledge was astounding and most warmly appreciated.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Excited to get started! Thank you to the entire CRI team!”

We also want to say a BIG thank-you to our course sponsors – Medical Plus, Orthomed, PulseVet, and Respond Systems – for all of their support!

… And We’ve Opened Registration for Our Next Course in Australia – The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in January!

At the end of our week in Australia, we announced that our next module, Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy, will take place at the same facility, Albion Park Raceway outside Brisbane (not in Canberra as previously announced), on January 28-February 1, 2017. The entire CRI Introduction team was delighted to work with this amazing group of students, and the Therapist team is excited to advance their education in 2017!

Registration is now open for:

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.

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.85a587ec-6508-4e77-b616-59e73bebb7a4

Interested in attending further courses with CRI in Australia?  Please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com.


CRI Introduction faculty members (from left) Mamie Whitman, Amber Kenney, Judy Coates, Janet Van Dyke, and Jennifer Pultz, along with COO Joyce Rudzitis, enjoyed three days touring Sydney prior to flying to Brisbane to teach. This photo was taken just after the team completed the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Opera House tour, and tour of the Botanical Gardens. We are looking forward to more classes Down Under in the next few months!

We’re Headed Back to the UK in 2017!

0384fdbc-8290-499f-b45c-8dd515f3633b.jpgThe 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. This brand-new veterinary school has amazing state-of-the-art facilities all in a beautiful park-like setting with hotels nearby in Guildford.

Dates for this course are still being finalized. Please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com if you are interested in attending this course, and watch our future newsletters for more announcements.

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.

We expect to open online registration soon. For more details, please see the UK Program page on our website.


The 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.

In the Words of Our Students … 

“The best CE course (Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation) I have ever taken. All instructors were amazing, easy to approach, and they answered the questions well. I have been trying to decide how I want to proceed in my career, and this course has helped fuel my passion for veterinary medicine in general, but now I’ve found a field I can see myself loving for years to come.”

– Amy, DVM

Interested in Our Business and Geriatrics Continuing Education Classes?

Our recent weekend combination of The Business of Canine Rehabilitation and Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation was such a great success that we are thinking of offering another weekend combination in the spring of 2017, again at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland, approximately 1 hour from Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Final plans are still in the works, but we are considering pairing The Business of Canine Rehabilitation with The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.

If you are interested in this class, please let us know by emailing us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com. We will look at the responses before making final plans.

If you would like to attend these upcoming CE courses, please be sure to read future newsletters for the announcement of course openings.


Dr. Steve Steinberg lectures during The Business of Canine Rehabilitation class.


Students get wet at the Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation class.

We’re Working on a Return Trip to Germany!

e7002940-18ce-4b22-be42-e23b4863dee6We’re working on bringing our Canine Sports Medicine course and our Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course to Frankfurt, Germany. Canine Sports Medicine is scheduled for May 26-28, 2017, and Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation will be held May 30-June 3, 2017.

Courses will once again be held at Praxis für Tiermedizin & Chiropraktik‘s newly renovated facility in Frankfurt.

Interested parties should contact us atinfo@caninerehabinstitute.com as seats will sell out quickly! Registration will open soon. Please watch future newsletters for details.


Our Colorado Classes Are Moving to Wheat Ridge!975f5a53-5be6-4e90-ae92-57c444b11b2f.gif

Starting in June 2017, CRI will be holding its Colorado classes at the all-new Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, located just west of Denver. The new hospital 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 Rehabilitation from June 18-22, followed by Canine Sports Medicine from June 24-26.

The staff at CRI is excited about this new opportunity to partner with the team at Wheat Ridge and its parent company, Ethos Veterinary Health.

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

Wheat Ridge recently shared the photos below on Facebook showing the construction progress.



Left: The new front entrance will have separate entrances for emergencies and appointments. Right: Main treatment area under construction. Photos: Steve Hostetler Photography.

CRI is pleased to feature non-profit organizations doing good work in the veterinary community in its new Pawsitive Changes column. To recommend an organization, please send a brief description to info@caninerehabinstitute.com.

d2874705-e257-42c0-8d6f-2634db03f386.jpgProject V.E.T.S. – A Resource That Gives Back 

As you update equipment and clear inventory in your practices, here’s a tip.  Project V.E.T.S. is a non-profit organization that accepts used and outdated equipment and supplies from veterinary and medical offices and hospitals. These items are sent to 92 animal welfare organizations in 42 countries and help those organizations care for companion animals, wildlife and working animals in need. The items make diagnostic work, surgeries, rehabilitation and, sometimes, lifelong veterinary treatment possible for thousands of animals.

While supporting animal welfare and keeping your practice’s inventory in check, sending these items to Project V.E.T.S. also keeps them out of the landfill and promotes sustainability.

Examples of items accepted by Project V.E.T.S. can be found at www.projectvets.org. They can also be reached at info@projectvets.org or 303-819-2501.

Someone else’s “trash,” in this case, is an animal’s future.

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 Graduates: Is Your Contact Information Still Correct?d418ed30-7d48-4d09-b27b-49ebe167334c.jpg

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: Elliot

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


Initial delivery

Elliot, a 7.5 year old, neutered male, Bearded Collie, was presented to OrthoPets for fabrication of a custom orthosis to support a post-operative patellar tendon repair of the right hind limb. This patient was casted post-op to provide temporary stabilization. The goals for the orthosis were to rigidly stabilize the stifle in extension with the ability to allow motion over time for physical therapy and to encourage tendon healing while preserving the repair. The use of an orthosis was desired to facilitate daily range of motion exercises with the ability to immobilize the joint without having to re-cast on a daily basis.

An orthosis to support a patellar tendon repair is a complex design requiring additional componentry for stabilization, force distribution, suspension and eventual



dynamization. Device suspension is often challenging due to the limb being held in extension. The device design for this case included a cranial femoral shell segment, a cranial tibia and fibula shell segment and a caudal tarsus and paw segment. The stifle and tarsus joints are immobilized with metal bar stock. Dacron range of motion control straps were provided to the veterinarian in charge for the purpose of dynamization within the device system at a later time point. This componentry allows for both immobilization and restriction of joint range of motion at the stifle and tarsus. In addition, a neoprene tibial suspension sleeve was created for this patient, allowing for the recruitment of the calcaneus as an additional suspension location. The paw shell is an integral component as it resists gravitational forces to help unload the patellar tendon as well as assists in device suspension.

When a patient is taken out of a cast and introduced to an orthosis, swelling and skin
irritations are not uncommon. Bandages cause compression of soft tissues and


Sports brace configuration

can restrict blood and lymphatic flow. When the bandages are removed, the changes in blood and lymphatic flow in combination with gravity can result in swelling and limb edema. This in combination with the requirement to wear the device 24/7 creates challenges that require dedicated owners. This patient initially required frequent air breaks from the orthosis, soft tissue massage and other rehabilitation techniques to resolve the edema of the distal limb segment. Of course the owners need to be aware that no weight-bearing can occur during these air breaks. Telfa pads were also initially recommended to cover and protect skin irritations on this patient.

The patient’s physical rehabilitation regimen was continued and the patient was allowed gradual dynamization of the stifle and tarsus. With time, the device was transitioned into a sports brace configuration for long term use via removal of the paw segment, custom modifications to the strapping and the addition of foam and friction reducing materials to maintain device integrity and increase patient comfort and functionality.

The use of the orthosis for post-operative support along with the dedication of the client, medical and rehabilitation teams resulted in a very positive outcome for this patient. Today, this patient has fully recovered and is pursuing an active lifestyle with no lameness or other signs of injury.

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 at emily.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.

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The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation 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.

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