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  • 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! 008744ee-8faf-4c7a-bd9c-b3313bae87e2.jpg

If you are thinking about taking classes in winter or spring 2017, this is the time to register! Don’t wait until after the holidays – make your plans for a trip to sunny Florida now while courses are open!

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:

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!

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We’re excited to return to Frankfurt, Germany for two courses this spring! We have scheduled Canine Sports Medicine for May 26-28, 2017, and Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation for May 30-June 3, 2017.

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

In the Words of Our Students … 

“The CRI curriculum, taught by highly qualified instructors, has laid down a very valuable foundation for us. It is a great beginning, and we all realize that there’s a lot more to be learned. It has injected a unexpected level of enthusiasm into my veterinary practice already. I can see it in my staff and my clients, as well as those of my patients that have already benefitted from their improved care. I look forward to more advanced training in more specific areas such as aquatics, orthotics, and advanced specific protocols, just to name a few.”

– Bob Marquis, DVM, CCRT, Grand Junction, Colorado

Don’t Miss Out! Our Next Online Clinical Research Course Starts in January.


Chris Zink, DVM, PhD

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:

“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.”

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!

We are looking forward to heading back to Australia in January! 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 CRI Therapist team is excited to continue working with this great group of students!

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 85a587ec-6508-4e77-b616-59e73bebb7a4.gifpage of our website. If you have questions, please email Dr. Ilana Mendels of VetPrac at we.help@vetprac.com.

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


CRI faculty members (from left) Mamie Whitman, Amber Kenney, Judy Coates, Janet Van Dyke, and Jennifer Pultz, along with COO Joyce Rudzitis, in Sydney after completing the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Opera House tour, and tour of the Botanical Gardens. We are looking forward to our next class Down Under in January!

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:

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:

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 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.



Left: Dr. Steve Steinberg lectures during The Business of Canine Rehabilitation class. Right: Students participate in the Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation class.


We’re Headed Back to the UK in September 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 September 2-4, 2017, 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.

Online registration for this course will open soon. Please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.comif 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.


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) 


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Thirty top sports medicine and rehabilitation veterinarians from across the country came together for the Purina Canine Sports Medicine Symposium, held September 30-October 1 at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri.

CRI faculty member Dr. Chris Zink was one of the presenters at the symposium, and several other CRI faculty members and graduates attended.

The goal of the symposium was to share ideas, present the latest research, and brainstorm innovative ways to work together. The group also shared ideas with Purina veterinarian and research scientists, and took part in panel discussions with competitors of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals and AKC Master National Retriever event, which coincided with the symposium. They offered competitors tips on nutrition, training and conditioning, and rehabbing from injuries.

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.”

Continue reading about the Purina Canine Sports Medicine Symposium …

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?

Plans are in the works to offer a practice-consulting service to CRI students and graduates, led by CRI founder and CEO Dr. Janet Van Dyke and CRI faculty member Dr. Steve Steinberg who teaches The Business of Canine Rehabilitation. More details will be available in the months ahead. If you are interested, please email us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com.

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

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 posted the photos below on Facebook showing more construction progress.


Left: Looking east at the hospital entrance. Right: Surgery treatment area under construction. Rooms on the left are surgery suites, and the area to the right is for pack prep and a separate laundry from the rest of the hospital. Photos: Steve Hostetler Photography

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.

d418ed30-7d48-4d09-b27b-49ebe167334cCRI 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: Finley96ea1fc7-a5cc-4ada-bd0c-736f7d91a4f3.jpg

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! 

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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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0fe78a9c-ad5d-43b4-9d05-18b64d8a5c9cThe 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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