In Our November 2016 Issue …
- Register Now for 2017 Classes!
- Join Us in Germany!
- Don’t Miss Out! Our Next Online Clinical Research Course Starts in January
- Registration Is Open for Our January Course in Australia!
- Give Us Your Feedback About CE Classes
- Purina Collaborates with Veterinarians to Help Canine Athletes … and more!
Register Now for 2017 Classes!
Veterinary technicians: we plan to open The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant course, scheduled for May 18-22, 2017, in Coral Springs, Florida, before the end of the year. Watch this newsletter to find out when online registration is available. You may also register now for a “Future” Assistant class and then contact us when the course opens to let us know that you would like to take the course in May. Select the “Future” button on the course page to get started.
Registration is currently open for:
- January 10-March 20, 2017: Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research, Online Course
- January 28-February 1, 2017: Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy (Canine Rehabilitation Therapist Module), Albion (Brisbane), Australia (note location change)
- February 25-March 1, 2017: The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Coral Springs, Florida
- March 25-29, 2017: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Coral Springs, Florida
- March 31-April 2, 2017: Canine Sports Medicine, Coral Springs, Florida
- September 2-4, 2017: Canine Sports Medicine, Surrey, UK. Watch here for updates! (Registration will open soon.)
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 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!
Join Us in Germany!
Both courses will once again be held at Tierärztliches Orthopädie Team Frankfurt (formerly known as Praxis für Tiermedizin & Chiropraktik) at its newly renovated facility in Frankfurt.
See our German Program page for more details about both courses.
Interested parties should contact us email@example.com as seats will sell out quickly! Registration will open soon. Please watch future newsletters for details.
In the Words of Our Students …
– Bob Marquis, DVM, CCRT, Grand Junction, Colorado
Don’t Miss Out! Our Next Online Clinical Research Course Starts in January.
Time is running out to sign up 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 is limited to 15 students – don’t miss your chance to participate in the next session!
Students who took the first session of this course commented:
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 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.
Register online now to reserve your seat in the class!
We’ve Opened Registration for Our Next Course in Australia – The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in January!
Registration is now open for:
- Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy (Canine Rehabilitation Therapist Module): January 28-February 1, 2017 in Albion, a suburb of Brisbane (not Canberra, ACT as previously announced)
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.
Interested in attending further courses with CRI in Australia? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give Us Your Feedback About Continuing Education Classes!
Our recent continuing education combination of The Business of Canine Rehabilitation and Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation was such a hit that we are making plans for more CE courses. We’d like to get your feedback on these possibilities to help us with our planning.
In Spring 2017:
- The Business of Canine Rehabilitation at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland, approximately 1 hour from Baltimore and Washington, DC
In mid-August 2017 (dates TBD soon):
A CE weekend at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, just west of Denver, with two or more of the following courses:
- The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient
- Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation
- Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management
In the next 12-18 months:
Two new courses that we’ve had a lot of inquiries about:
- Canine Massage
- Advanced Canine Sports Medicine
Which classes are you most interested in, and which dates and locations do you prefer?Please let us know by emailing us at email@example.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.
We’re Headed Back to the UK in September 2017!
Online registration for this course will open soon. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For more details, please see the UK Program page on our website.
Purina Collaborates with Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Veterinarians to Help Canine Athletes.
CRI faculty member Dr. Chris Zink was one of the presenters at the symposium, and several other CRI faculty members and graduates attended.
Event coordinator RuthAnn Lobos, DVM, CCRT, Purina Senior Veterinary Communications Manager, says, “Purina has been a proud partner of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation since its inception. It’s exciting to witness new relationships being formed as a result of the symposium, with great discussions and provocative questions being asked and a laser focus on increasing the level of care of canine athletes and active pet dogs.”
To learn more about the symposium and see video interviews, visit the Purina Canine Sports Medicine Symposium website.
Our thanks to Purina for their ongoing support of the canine sports medicine and rehabilitation field!
Interested in Some Expert Advice for Your Practice?
Our Colorado Classes Are Moving to Wheat Ridge!
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 posted the photos below on Facebook showing more construction progress.
Be Careful With Protected Terms Such as “Physical Therapy” and “Veterinary Medicine.”
OrthoPets Case Study: Finley
We’ve asked our colleagues at OrthoPets to share case studies with us as a way of providing more education about orthotics and prosthetics.
Finley is a 5-year-old Golden Retriever who received a custom tarsus paw orthosis from OrthoPets in February 2016.
Finley was hit by a car in 2015 and suffered massive tissue loss. After several unsuccessful attempts to accomplish bone union, Finley was diagnosed with a malunion of all metatarsals. At this point further options (including bone morphogenetic proteins and other reconstructive procedures) were considered, however the owners did not want to pursue further surgical options.
Orthoses as a treatment for non-unions are challenging since an orthosis cannot completely prevent the patient from loading through the fractures while vertical forces are applied. Furthermore, due to the instability in the lower limb due to the fractures, the device has to be worn 24/7. This can be associated with soft tissue complications including sores and dermatologic issues. In Finley’s case, the veterinarian discussed these concerns with the owner, but since Finley seemed very comfortable when walking around in a splint it was decided to pursue treatment with an orthotic device.
An impression of Finley’s limb was made as well as required length measurements for fabrication. A non-articulating tarsus/paw orthosis with the addition of a “clamshell” piece along the cranial aspect was designed to control the applied forces. A removable foam liner was fabricated to increase intimacy to the limb for additional support. The paw shell design featured a rockered bottom to ease her gait and help with propulsion.
Finley was fitted with her device in March 2016 and the owner reported immediately that Finley was very comfortable in the device! In fact, the owners felt that she was moving better than she did for a long time and she even started running on one of their walks! Finley is still using her device full-time so that she has the support she needs when she is allowed out in the yard for exercise and in the house even if she is lounging around. It is very important that Finley gets several air breaks throughout the day when resting. This device will continue to be something that she uses for life. Every 12-24 months, we will need to assess the foam liner to see if it needs to be replaced as it will become compressed over time. The tread on her device will be replaced as well as it wears down, similar to needing new shoes. When you receive an orthosis from OrthoPets, you not only receive a custom-made device, but you receive our services for the life of your or your client’s pet!
CRI Offers Sponsorship Opportunities.
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 email@example.com.
Thank You, Purina, for Your Support!
Sign Up for an Email Newsletter from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
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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