In Our February 2017 Issue …30c722bb-283c-4504-8145-c47be6575c9c.jpg

  • Register Now for Spring Courses in Germany!
  • We’ve Certified Our 1,000th Graduate!
  • Our April Therapist Course Has Seats Available … and Registration Is Open for June Courses in Colorado!
  • Discounted Hotel Rates Are Now Available for Courses in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • Thank You for Your Feedback on Our CE Courses … and more!



Register Now for Our Spring Courses in Germany! 6d6fe415-cf81-4ccb-b4d3-406167ac88ef.jpg

CRI is excited to return to Frankfurt, Germany this spring for two courses in our certification program. 

Our two courses will be:

  • May 26-28: Canine Sports Medicine
  • May 30-June 3: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
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, Germany. 
Visit our German Program page for more details about both courses and a link to register. Register now to reserve your space!

ed74b962-d6bf-466a-855d-37bb468dbccc.jpgTime to Celebrate! We’ve Certified Our 1,000th Graduate!

We knew this milestone was coming soon, and now it’s official! We certified our 1,000th graduate in January! To celebrate, we’re featuring our 1,000th graduate in an upcoming email and sending a few surprises his or her way. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Our April Therapist Course in Florida Has a Few Seats Available … and Registration Is Open for June Courses in Colorado!8a764119-01ab-4218-9d93-db8e1b52252b.jpg

A few seats have opened up in our April Canine Rehabilitation Therapist course, coming up in Coral Springs, Florida. If you have been meaning to complete your certification, this is a great opportunity to move forward and enjoy a spring getaway in Florida!

We also have opened registration for our June Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Sports Medicine courses at our brand-new facility in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Register today, and reserve your seat!

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!

Save the Dates for June-December Courses! 85704c66-3fc4-4e58-93bb-11664df995db

Planning to take CRI courses later this year? We’ve added June-December courses to the Course Schedule page on the CRI website, so you can get these dates on your calendar and reserve time to attend.

Our summer and fall courses will take place at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital‘s brand-new facility in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, just west of Denver (see article below). Construction is on track to wrap up in April, so we will be among the first to enjoy this beautiful new space!

Please check the Course Schedule page on our website, and save the dates for the courses you wish to take. Be sure to watch this newsletter for announcements of course openings.

Discounted Hotel Rates Are Now Available for Courses in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

975f5a53-5be6-4e90-ae92-57c444b11b2fCRI has arranged discounted group rates at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wheat Ridge-Denver West for students attending classes at the brand-new Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, located just west of Denver. The hotel is located just a half mile from the new hospital and offers a complimentary full breakfast buffet and free high-speed internet.

Please visit the Wheat Ridge Travel page on our website for more details and reservation codes. We were not able to reserve a block of rooms for our June courses because of a local sports tournament, so we encourage students attending those courses to book rooms individually ASAP.

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital’s new facility will include a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center and conference facilities. Construction is on schedule and expected to be complete by spring 2017. 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.


Left: A pop of color in our surgery prep area. Right: Patient wards now have cabinets. Photos: Steve Hostetler Photography

Thank You for Your Feedback on Our CE Courses!

3c886e91-52c4-4208-99a7-a1228baa8be3.jpgWow! We received a great response to our survey asking for input on our Geriatrics, Nutrition and Pain Management courses. Thank you! Your suggestions are extremely helpful.

Registration will open in March for these three courses, scheduled for August 11-13 at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. If you completed the survey and asked for advance notice about registering for these classes, please watch for an email coming soon.

Our plans for upcoming CE courses are:

August 11-13, 2017, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado (outside Denver)

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 our upcoming CE courses, please be sure to read future newsletters for the announcement of course openings.



Students and faculty from the January Therapist class in Australia gather for a group photo.

“You Will Show Others What is Possible for Animals Recovering from Injury or Operation or Degeneration.”

Our January Canine Rehabilitation Therapist course in Australia was a great success! At the end of the course, our Australian host, Dr. Ilana Mendels of VetPrac, asked us to read a note she had written to the students. We would like to share her heartfelt words with the wider CRI community.

Dear Friends,

It was so lovely to see you all last night at dinner. My apologies for not being able to speak to each of you individually. Over the years, of our meetings – I feel grateful to consider so many of you more than colleagues now. It was great to see everyone relaxed and laughing together last night.

I just wanted to say a quick word or two about what this course and you have meant to me and the veterinary community of Australia and to thank you for the investment you have made for a better future of it.

It’s not easy being a trailblazer. There are always challenges. But I truly believe that the greater the challenge the greater the reward. I think we can all agree that this 3 module course is easily the hardest, most intensive workshop VetPrac has every offered. Not everyone who started out in February last year is here now. It’s a tough slog. But you have almost done it. You have taken the fire of a new idea we had and lit for yourselves and this region new opportunities. Thank you.

You are almost qualified as leaders of a new field opening up in our country.
You are the people who will show others what is possible for animals recovering from injury or operation or degeneration.

Less than 5 other people in this country will have your certification.


Continue reading Dr. Mendels’ letter on the Australian Program page of our website.

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


CRI students Dr. Susan Hill, Dr. Yoko Clinch, and Dr. Jodie Low Choy tracked down and actual rabbit hole.

In the Words of Our Students … 

Our Aussie students loved CRI faculty member Sasha Foster’s use of the term “rabbit hole” when describing how one could get distracted while working up a patient. Several students tracked down an actual rabbit hole and sent us this wonderful photo and email:

“We found the rabbit hole!

Thank you for the course, thank you for equipping us with skills we hope to grow and take to new heights in Australia. We have all enjoyed your teachings more than you can know.”

Kind regards, 

Susan, Yoko, and Jodie”


Registration Is Open for Canine Sports Medicine in the UK in September!0384fdbc-8290-499f-b45c-8dd515f3633b

The 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.

Visit our UK Program page for complete details and a registration link.

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.


We Had a Great Time at NAVC and APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting!


CRI was again very well received as an exhibitor at two conferences in February – the NAVC Conference in Orlando, Florida, and APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting has 12,000 attendees and hosts all of the APTA’s specialty groups, including the Orthopedics Section, which is the parent organization to the Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group (ARSIG). Our own Kirk Peck, DPT, CCRT, CERT, is the president of the ARSIG, and on February 16 hosted a full-day scientific session on canine rehabilitation that had well over 200 attendees. This sent many people to the exhibit hall to learn more about the opportunities for physical therapists to work with veterinarians.


Physical Therapists: We Need Your Input for the ARSIG Practice Analysis Survey.

5f74f594-6bae-4e18-abd4-dc39997fc289.jpg Are you a physical therapist working with animals or a veterinarian who has a PT available for consultations? If so, CRI is asking you to help the Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group by completing its Practice Analysis survey. Thank you in advance!
Your Input Is Vital!

Welcome to the New Year! If resolutions actually do come true then 2017 looks bright for the Animal Rehabilitation SIG. As you know from past communications a key strategic goal for the SIG is to develop a comprehensive “Description of Practice” for PTs and PTAs who treat animals.  To accomplish this goal the SIG needs your input by completing the survey tool linked below.

Data will be analyzed in aggregate, and summarized into a comprehensive narrative describing PT practice on animals. The summary document may serve various purposes, including validation of animal rehabilitation by PTs and PTAs, legislative support to advance PT scope of practice, and development of curriculum content for educational programs.

The practice analysis survey was developed over a two-year period by an ARSIG Task Force consisting of elected officers and past SIG leaders. Task Force members included: Kirk Peck, Stevan Allen, Amie Hesbach, Carrie Adrian, Cheryl Riegger-Krugh, Lisa Bedenbaugh, and Charlie Evans.

The survey requires approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. You may leave and return to the list of questions at any point in time, but after you click the submit button all responses become final and no longer available for edits.

The goal for total number of completed surveys is at least 100! Please help contribute to making that goal a reality. Your support in growth of the ARSIG is invaluable.


President, Animal Rehabilitation SIG


CRI Graduates: Request Your Certificates!  

CRI 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.

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?

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: Gibson

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

4c0318c8-4bd3-4c56-9548-1a7b567ab3fa.jpgGibson is a 5-year-old MC Border Collie that lives in Mexico. His veterinarian is Dr. Gabriel Ramirez who has a long working relationship with OrthoPets. Dr. Ramirez frequently sees cases that have had complications elsewhere and is known to “think outside of the box” with the goal to his patients to gain their mobility back as quickly as possible. In Gibson’s case, he had a pancarpal arthrodesis. Unfortunately, the post-operative bandage was placed too tightly and caused tissue necrosis. The medical team tried to save the limb but eventually the “only” established option for him was a full-limb amputation. However, since the affected area was distal on the limb, the owner elected a sub-total amputation and prosthetic.

OrthoPets is currently gathering retrospective and prospective data on canine prosthetics, however, based on our current experience a few things are important when considering a prosthetic device: Prosthetic candidates should be amenable to handling of the residual limb and a long enough limb to allow appropriate suspension of the device and proprioception to properly use the device in a functional manner is necessary.

The combination of these two factors will translate into the functionality of the device and ultimately serve as a predictor for the success of the case. The total length of residuum is currently unknown, and it varies depending on the anatomy of the remaining limb. For example, we have some cases that show appropriate suspension with a mid-radius amputation while others don’t have prominent enough humeral epicondyles to allow successful suspension. In general, the more distal the better the chances to have a successful outcome. As such, Gibson is a perfect case for this treatment.

Regarding the surgical approach to a sub-total amputation with the goal of utilizing a prosthesis, it is important to consider the following:

  • Skin suture line location to avoid scar tissue formation on the weight bearing surface of the limb
  • Remaining soft tissue placement to encourage comfortable weight bearing
  • Identification of nerves to avoid placement over the residuum

Gibson’s amputation was performed so that the accessory carpal bone remained which created a bulbous distal end aiding with the suspension. The device was fabricated with a removable liner for replacements to be sent as needed rather than requiring the device to be sent to us. A traditional style prosthesis has a “fixed” liner that is connected to the shell requiring the entire device and additional steps to replace or change the liner. The removable liner approach allows us to replace, duplicate and adjust the foam liner without needing the entire device.

Gibson was fit with his prosthesis and immediately took very well to it! So far, Gibson’s device has not needed any adjustments aside from tread replacement which can easily be done by his owner. The entire team at OrthoPets as well as his medical team was pleased with the fit of the device and how quickly Gibson adapted to his old activities such as playing with a Frisbee. Gibson will need regular rechecks to ensure that the device is not only fitting well but that the device is still providing appropriate function to his affected limb.

For additional information: Colorado State University is conducting an ongoing study evaluating partial amputation in dogs. Read more here.

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 emily@caninerehabinstitute.com.

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 2017.

0fe78a9c-ad5d-43b4-9d05-18b64d8a5c9cSign 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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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.

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