In Our December 2016 Issue …

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  • Registration Opens January 1 for Our Brand-New Advanced Therapist Class!
  • Register Now for Our January Course in Australia!
  • Registration Opens January 1 for the Canine Rehabilitation Assistant!
  • Registration Is Open for Our Spring Courses in Germany!
  • See Us in February at NAVC and APTA’s CSM!
  • We Want Your Feedback About Our 2017 CE Classes … and more!

Yes, You Can Conduct Clinical Research! Get Started in January With Our Online Course.


Chris Zink, DVM, PhD

Intimidated by the thought of conducting clinical research? Register for our next online course, Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research, and learn how to get started.

Our online course – limited to only 15 students – begins January 10 and continues for 10 weeks, ending on March 20. The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to clinical research in the veterinary setting. The entire process from concept to publication will be covered. Each participant will begin by developing a research hypothesis that matches his or her interests and clinical case loads, and then will design, carry out and analyze the data for a pilot study.

Student comments from the first session of the course have been overwhelmingly positive:

“Super happy with the course!”

“This course got me [from] having an interest in clinical research to actually writing my first grant proposal in a few short weeks! Amazing to have the knowledge, confidence and tools to move forward in research.”

“I found that through taking the course I will understand reading papers that have been published better [as well as] the methods the researcher goes through to get the paper published.”

“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.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in this course! Register online now to reserve your seat!

Registration Opens January 1 for Our Brand-New Advanced Therapist Class!


Ellen Martens, PT

At last! The course that you have all been asking for is here! Registration will open January 1 for the Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, which will take place March 3-5, 2017, at our Coral Springs, Florida location.

The primary faculty member is Ellen Martens, PT, MT, CCRT, who has worked with our Canine Rehabilitation Therapist team for several years to create this course, which will be the first in a series of Advanced Therapist modules.

Ellen is known to many of our graduates who have been fortunate enough to intern at her canine rehabilitation facility in Velm, Belgium. Ellen has more than 15 years of experience in human physical therapy with extensive training in manual therapy, as well as canine rehabilitation and canine and equine osteopathy. Ellen has lectured around the globe and is a guest lecturer at prestigious universities throughout Europe on the topics of canine and equine manual therapies, canine sports conditioning, gait analysis, and injury prevention. We are honored to have her teaching our Advanced Therapist module!

This 2.5-day course is open to veterinarians and physical therapists who have successfully completed their CCRT and have at least one year of experience in canine rehabilitation. Veterinarians and physical therapists certified as Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP) who have completed CRI’s Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module and have at least one year of experience in canine rehabilitation are also welcome. Good basic manual skills are expected.

Visit the Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist course page to learn more, and register online on January 1 to reserve your seat in the class!

In the Words of Our Students … 

“This was such a fabulous course, and I learned a great deal in such a short time. Rosemary, Judy and Laurie were excellent speakers, and everyone was so helpful in the labs. Thank you, Elena, for understanding my pre-set PT brain! Joyce was also wonderful and very efficient. You are truly inspiring. Thank you all so very much!”
– Amy Egger, PT, Arlington, Virginia

Register Now for Our January Therapist Course in Australia!

85a587ec-6508-4e77-b616-59e73bebb7a4We’ll be back in Australia January 28-February 1 to hold Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy (Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module) at the Albion Park Raceway outside Brisbane.

If you have already completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation in Australia, Europe or the USA, but not yet taken the Therapist course, this is a great opportunity to join us and complete another course for certification! Veterinarians and physiotherapists who are CCRPs are also welcome.

To learn more or register online, 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.

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 Coastes, 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!


Registration Opens January 1 for the Canine Rehabilitation Assistant!

unnamed-3.jpgIf you are thinking about enrolling in CRI courses, take a few minutes to register now. Plan your trip to warm, sunny Florida while the classes you want to take are still available!
Veterinary technicians: registration will open January 1 for The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, scheduled for May 18-22 in Coral Springs, Florida.Registration is currently open for the following U.S. and international classes:

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!


Registration Is Open for Our Sports Medicine and Introduction Classes in Frankfurt, Germany!

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We are offering Canine Sports Medicine from May 26-28 and Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation from May 30-June 3.
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.

Visit our German Program page for more details about both courses and a link to register.


See Us in February at NAVC and at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting!

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Graduates, students, and all interested parties are encouraged to stop by and say hello!

We’re Planning Our 2017 Continuing Education Classes … and Want Your Feedback!

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. Here are the latest updates on our plans.
Spring/Summer 2017:

August 11-13, 2017, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

We have scheduled our Geriatrics/Nutrition/Pain Management courses for August 11-13 at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, just west of Denver. We are working on a survey for interested parties to complete, letting us know exactly what they want to hear in each of these three days.

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)

CRI Graduates: Request Your Certificates!

unnamed-8.jpgCRI graduates: If you have finished your CCRT or CCRA certification, we would like to send you your certificate! If you have not yet submitted a certificate application, please be sure to do so. We have sent emails to a number of students, but have not received some responses. To request your certificate, please email Kathy Coffman at kathy@caninerehabinstitute.com.

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

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.

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.

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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: Alley

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

unnamed-9.jpgIn October 2014, Alley was diagnosed with a grade II medially luxating patella and suspected cranial cruciate disease. Since the cranial cruciate ligament also controls internal rotation of the stifle, CCLD can result in MPL by allowing excessive internal rotation and cranial displacement of the tibia. Both of these contribute to the patella luxating medially. Alley was partial non-weight bearing for almost two weeks and unfortunately was also diagnosed with concurrent transitional cell carcinoma in her bladder. She had been a very active dog until then, however, due to the co-morbidities, surgery was not an option for the owner. They were looking for a palliative solution to keep Alley comfortable until her quality of life was no longer acceptable.

While the orthosis is able to provide global support to the stifle, we generally only recommend orthoses for the treatment of low grade (I-II) patellar luxations. With the addition of a tarsal cuff, we are able control rotation of the affected leg which may assist with controlling the luxation (by providing resistance to internal rotation that is usually controlled by the cranial cruciate ligament). However, with grade III-IV luxation and in dogs without cruciate disease, the orthosis cannot provide enough external rotation of the tibia to allow for appropriate tracking of the patella.

Alley received a stifle orthosis with a tarsal cuff. The stifle device needed a minor adjustment to increase the relief for her lateral saphenous vein as it was somewhat prominent and swelling was observed. Otherwise, the orthosis was an excellent fit and allowed Alley to eventually return to her normal activities. By November 2015, Alley’s stifle was fully stabilized with the luxation resolved. The owners began using of the orthosis as a sports device during periods of high-impact activities.

In March 2016, Alley suffered a similar problem on her contralateral leg. Since Alley had done well with the original stifle orthosis, the owners decided to pursue it again. Alley received a stifle orthosis with a tarsal cuff for her contralateral leg. She has been doing well with her new orthosis and has been able to return to her normal activities again.


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.

Thank 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 an 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 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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CRI 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.

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