lots of news to share!
CRI Announces Course Fee Increases
2015—The Canine Rehabilitation Institute has
announced that some fees are increasing for
2016 courses. The new fees are:
We also are offering a larger discount
($150 instead of $125) for all students who register
for a 2-course package (either The Canine Rehabilitation
Therapist or The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant
plus Canine Sports Medicine).
Please see the Course
Schedule page of our website
for a complete list of upcoming courses.
Springs Animal Hospital: Board-Certified Surgeon Needed
Springs Animal Hospital is seeking a Board Certified
Springs Animal Hospital, established in 1977,
is a General, Specialty, and Emergency/Critical
Care Hospital open 24/7/365 located near Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. We moved into a brand new 38,000 square
foot building in November 2008. In 2015, we
were named the AAHA Referral Practice of the Year
as well as the PetPlan Practice of the Year.
We have Board Certified Specialists
in Internal Medicine (3), Oncology (1), Surgery (2),
Cardiology (1), Radiology (5), Ophthalmology (1),
and Behavior (1) and a Residency Trained Criticalist.
We also have an established comprehensive Canine
Rehabilitation Service with Certified Canine Rehabilitation
Therapists (2) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation
Experienced emergency clinicians and rotating interns
staff the hospital 24/7 to care for your patients
out of hours. We have an excellent support staff
of 120 individuals with very low turnover.
Our caseload continues to grow with over 600 referring
To learn more, read the complete
"'A little miracle occurs': Human technology provides prosthetic
limbs for pets," The Today Show
June 5, 2015—A
recent video segment on The Today Show featured Goody, an abused pit bull who was able to walk
naturally again after receiving two prosthetics made by OrthoPets.
The story also featured CRI faculty member Martin
founder of OrthoPets, and Dallas veterinarian Dr. Douglas
who attended CRI's Orthotics
and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation class in 2013.
The segment shows the process involved in making
from creating molds to assembling the finished prosthetic.
The video also shows Goody being able to walk naturally
as soon as the prosthetics are put on.
"Amazing... truly amazing, she's, she's a good dog
and what's she doing, I was not expecting this," Stramel said. "I
was hoping we would get them on, I was going to be thrilled if she
would stand, and she's standing there without issues going, 'OK mom,
let's walk.' She's a trooper."
the full article and watch the interview …
28, 2015—CRI graduate Dr. Pete van Dongen of
Kent, Great Britain, recently shared a case report
with us about his patient Rufus, who recovered from
severe brain damage after daily intensive rehabilitation.
"This is the story of Rufus, a lovely 8 year old, male neutered, Hungarian Viszla Crossbreed, who was hit by a car on Wednesday 15th April 2015 and subsequently seen by our vets at Pennard Vets Tonbridge for immediate veterinary care. After initial stabilisation and treatment Rufus seemed to be doing OK, but then, a day later, suddenly took a turn for the worse and became tetraplegic (paralysed on all four legs) which led him to be referred to North Downs Specialist Referrals, where he was admitted for a full neurological examination, including MRI scans of his brain. These scans showed that he was suffering from severe brain damage, characterised by multiple fluid accumulations, exactly like is seen in 'Shaken Baby Syndrome' in people."
After Rufus's daily rehabilitation
program, Dr. van Dongen reported on his progress:
"Within just over 2 weeks, Rufus
had gone from a totally paralysed dog to one that
was standing, walking, wagging and weeing and enjoying
a decent quality of life, due to the enormous efforts
of our nurses, vet and hydro-therapist, a well-designed
physiotherapy and hydrotherapy programme and a huge
effort on Rufus's part too! This case clearly shows
that with the best possible treatment, based on solid
science and knowledge, massive improvements can be
achieved, even if the outcome looks bleak at the
start. We are so proud to be able to offer all this
at our veterinary practice, to enhance and improve
the quality of life for our patients."
Dr. van Dongen also received this update from Rufus's
owner: "Rufus's progress has been absolutely astounding. He is now almost fully back to normal. He is happy to walk on the tiled and wooden floors again; he is nudging me constantly for attention; he is putting his front paws up on me while he balances on his back legs etc."
the complete case study and see more photos of
Brazilian Program is Off to a Great Start!
28, 2015—In early May, CRI held its first
course in Brazil, Introduction to Canine Sports Medicine
and Rehabilitation, taught by Dr. M. Christine Zink.
We had a great group of students,
and their energy was contagious!
Our Brazilian program includes
three hands-on courses and an internship at a practice
with a certified canine rehabilitation therapist.
We are planning to hold the second and third certification
classes in 2016.
Please see the Brazilian
Program page for more details about upcoming
courses. We are excited to bring CRI's courses to our colleagues in South America!
"Better Paws for Brutus: CSU Partners to Help Quadruple-Amputee Dog," Source, Colorado State University
March 26, 2015—A team of veterinary rehabilitation professionals, including CRI faculty members Dr. Felix Duerr and Sasha Foster, MS PT, CCRT, of Colorado State University and Martin Kaufmann, ABC, BSBA, c-PED, of OrthoPets, recently partnered to help Brutus, a quadruple amputee dog.
Their story, "Better Paws for Brutus: CSU Partners to Help Quadruple-Amputee Dog," by Ashley Manweiler, was recently featured in Source, the CSU news website.
"When Brutus was just a puppy, his breeder left the young Rottweiler outside in freezing temperatures," the article states. "The pup suffered frostbite in all four paws. The breeder tried to salvage the puppy's paws with an at-home amputation, but Brutus was maimed and couldn't walk without pain."
"Now 2 years old, Brutus is living with a dedicated foster owner in Loveland and has become the second dog ever known to receive four prosthetic limbs. He is learning to walk again with help from OrthoPets, an animal prosthetics developer in Denver, and pet orthopedics experts at Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital."
"I believe prosthetics will play a big role in the future of veterinary orthopedics," said Dr. Felix Duerr, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences who practices small animal orthopedics and sports medicine at the university's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. "Brutus shows how we can explore new technologies to find solutions, and how our partnerships with companies like OrthoPets really help."
Read the full article ...
Congratulations to CRI Graduate Dr. Bess Pierce
March 26, 2015—CRI graduate Dr. Bess Pierce, DVM, MZS, DABVP, DACVIM, DACVSMR, CCRT, received the 2015 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award on January 9 during the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago.
According to the JAVMA report on this award, the award is co-sponsored by the AVMA, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and Pet Partners. It is named in honor of Dr. Leo Bustad, a pioneer in the field of human-animal interactions, and recognizes the outstanding work of veterinarians in preserving and protecting human-animal relationships.
Dr. Pierce serves as the director for the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Center of Animal Human Relationships. She has served more than 20 years on active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and is currently a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, assigned to the Public Health Command Region-Europe. She also serves as associate secretary/treasurer of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
All of us at CRI congratulate Dr. Pierce on this well-deserved award!
CRI Forms Partners
in Veterinary Therapeutics with Other Veterinary Rehabilitation
19, 2014—The Canine Rehabilitation Institute
has joined with other companies to form Partners
in Veterinary Therapeutics, a group of five companies
providing products and services to professionals
practicing veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation.
Though officially established in 2014, this group
has collaborated since 2010 in supporting veterinary
sports medicine and rehabilitation around the globe.
The partner companies are: Canine Rehabilitation
Institute, GameReady, OrthoPets, PulseVet Technologies,
and Respond Systems
Visit the Partners
in Veterinary Therapeutics website for more details and links to
each company's website.
CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Offers Small Animal Sports Medicine Research Internship
19, 2014— The James L. Voss Colorado State
University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is offering
a one-year research internship for veterinarians
with a strong interest in small animal sports medicine,
orthopedics and rehabilitation. The program is designed
for applicants with an interest in pursuing ACVS
or ACVSMR specialty training following the CSU internship
year. The goal of the position is to provide the
successful applicant with a fundamental research
background in the area of small animal sports medicine,
primarily with participation in ongoing clinical
studies. Anticipated clinical duties will approximate
one week per month in the areas of small animal surgery
(soft tissue and orthopedics), sports medicine and
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a
cover letter and a curriculum vitae or resume to
firstname.lastname@example.org even if they are currently
applying for a residency position through VIRMP.
All applications will be reviewed immediately upon
receipt; the position will be filled on or shortly
after February 9th (VIRMP match results date).
To learn more, read
the complete announcement.
"Walpole Vet Specializes in Treating Neurological Problems in Pets," Boston
October 1, 2014—The Boston
Globe recently featured CRI faculty member Stephanie
Kube, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CVPP, CCRT, and
her new practice Veterinary
Neurology and Pain Management Center of New England, located in Walpole, Massachusetts.
"I had this cat with really bad
arthritis who was limping on all four legs," Dr.
Kube stated in the article. "We started
doing laser and [physical therapy], and within two
weeks the owner called me back, crying. The cat had
jumped up on the counter and was playing with a toy.
It's so rewarding to make a difference in an animal's
life — and touch the whole family."
the full article …
Dr. Stephanie Kube with Sophia, who is undergoing treatment for an open wound. Photo: Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe
Takes a Village," VCA Veterinary Referral Associates newsletter
3, 2014—CRI faculty
Steinberg, VMD, Dip. ACVIM, Neurology, CCRT,
recently shared this great article from the newsletter
Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg,
"It Takes a Village"
Rodham Clinton wrote "It
Takes A Village" more than a decade ago, she was
describing the efforts needed to help our planet's
children. The concept of a multifaceted program to
treat our animal friends has become especially relevant
for the veterinary community in the face of our fast
At VCA VRA we have always stayed
ahead of the curve technologically and when this
is enhanced with vast amounts of experience, winning
treatment approaches occur every single day.
Let us examine a case in point.
Logan is an eight year old, neutered male Cane Corso.
Logan presented to us for the first-time with generalized
seizures. Although Idiopathic Epilepsy (seizures
of no known cause) was possible, other more serious
abnormalities were discussed. An MRI was performed
the same day and a large right-sided brain tumor
was discovered. Figures 1 looking down on the brain
and 2 looking straight down the nose. In both views
the tumor has a ring of contrast surrounding it.
From the MRI, a Glioma was suspected.
Gliomas are one of the more aggressive brain tumors
that we recognize.
Let's look at OUR village. Dr.
Steve Steinberg, our neurologist, has probably taken
out more brain tumors than anyone, having taken out
the first one in 1984. Dr. Steinberg has lectured
all over the world on this topic and has been flown
by owners to Germany and Hawaii to remove brain tumors
from their animals. As an instructor at the famed
Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Wellington, Florida,
he has recently added what we know about rehabilitation
after brain surgery to his lecture series. Dr. Steinberg
just presented these lectures in Bologna, Italy and
Seattle, Washington at International conferences.
Although most surgeons would
consider Logan's tumor
inoperable, Dr. Steinberg and his team have vast
experience so that counseling owners about what to
expect and about the potential complications is based
on lots of first-hand knowledge. Many of these dogs
can have a very stormy recovery but we have been
testing the waters for several years with post-operative
rehabilitation and are making important strides at
shortening the recovery time.
Logan's owners had plenty to think
about and while they were considering brain tumor
treatments, Logan unfortunately presented to our
emergency service with an acutely ruptured right
cranial cruciate ligament. This occurred just days
after his MRI. This tear makes the stifle (knee)
unstable. We have extensive experience at VCA VRA
in the surgical (led by our wonderful surgeon Dr.
Eileen Snakard) and non-surgical management of cranial
cruciate ligament tears. Since the brain surgery
was more likely to have complications and we have
rehabilitated even heavier dogs (Logan was about
100 lbs) non-surgically, we decided to order Logan
a custom made brace from Canada and proceed with
the surgical removal of the brain tumor. Our fantastic
rehabilitation team led by Ms. Renee Mills, CCRP,
was involved in every part of the decision making
process and Dr. Snakard helped determine the best
course considering the ligament rupture.
surgery of this kind is very different than what
is experienced under the same circumstances in man.
Dr. Steinberg's goal is to make a wide excision
and leave no tumor behind. Having hundreds of brain
surgeries behind him, Dr. Steinberg knows where the
pitfalls are and what compromises can be made. Having
rotated with a Sacramento Human Neurosurgical Group
in California and recently spending time with the
Northwest Neurosurgical Group in Chicago, he has
experienced first-hand the variations in choices
that face the veterinary neurosurgeon vs the human
Logan's surgery was uneventful
for VCA VRA. Figure 3. Although he was weak on the
left side of his body and his head turned towards
the right constantly, our experience told us these
changes would go away. We also believe that getting
our rehabilitation team involved immediately hastens
the recovery and may make the recovery more complete.
What does that all mean … Logan goes in the pool.
the same time we were working with Logan's brain
tumor recovery, we started rehabilitation for his
ruptured right cruciate ligament. Here is a picture
of his custom-made knee brace. Figure 4. With continued
rehab, his right hindlimb is working better, his
strength is improved and he is getting used to having
the brace on for longer periods of time.
Logan's brain surgery was July 15th of 2014. The
owners believe he is back to completely normal and
we had time to experience this first-hand as Logan
stayed at VRA for several days.
Logan's biopsy came back as an
Oligodendroglioma, a generally "nasty" neoplasm.
We have followed a large number of these dogs and
have seen many of them go for years without recurrence.
There are no guarantees and we are discussing additional
treatment options as well as future MRIs to follow
At VCA VRA we have the teamwork
and compassion and experience that will determine
the best treatment options for your precious pet.
We have the village!
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Sofia Brickman, DVM, CCRT
Melloney Erwin, DVM, CCRT
Jessica Kyle Schumacher, DVM, CCRT
Anna B. Wolfe, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT
Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CVSMT, CVA, CCRT
Leslie M. Griffith, DVM, DACVIM, CVA, CAC, CCRT
Nina R. Kieves, DVM, DACVS, CCRT
Les McCurdy, DVM, CCRT
James Miele, DVM, CCRT
Michelle Morgan, DVM, CCRT
Laura Parsley, DVM, CCRT
Nancy Peterson, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT
Lynne Rooks, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Lisa Woolf, DVM, CCRT
Sarah Conrad Blachett, DVM, CCRT
Jennifer Blake, DVM, CCRT
Jessica A. Marziani, DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRT
Katherine J. McCall, PT, CCRT
Stacy McVicker, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Amanda Louise Moon, DVM, CCRT
Danae Thanopoulou, PT, MT, CCRT
Eliana M. Cely C., DVM, CCRT
Julie A. Cull, DVM, CCRT
Ann Chapleau Edmonds, DVM, CCRT
Atsuko Ishikawa, DVM, CCRT
Elisa Katz, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CCRT
Kelli Rei Koga, PT, CCRT
Itzel del C. Moreno M., DVM, CCRT
Conor Murray, PT, CCRT
Kristin K. Obbink, DVM, MPH, CCRT
Lori Polkowski, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Katherine Book, MPT, CCRT
Denise Crumbaker, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Lisa George, PT, CCRT
Bettina Gottfried, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jane Elizabeth MacGregor, PT, CCRT
Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT
Ashley Manoogian, PT, DPT, CCRT
Jane Catherine McNae, BVSc, MACVSc (surg), PGCert (Med Ed), MRCVS, CCRT
Kelsey Moon, PT, CCRT
Susan M. Muench, DVM, CCRT
Denise O'Hagan, MSPT, ATC, CCRT
Lorene D. Rockwell, DVM, CCRT
Catherine (Cass) Rogers, DVM, DACVECC, CCRT
Kelly Rohn, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Michele J. Sabattini, PT, DPT, MPT, CCI, CCRT
Sarah Shull, DVM, CCRT
Maggie Acker Buck, DVM, CCRT
Jennifer DiMascio, DVM, CCRT
Michele D. Eckermann, DVM, CCRT
Beth Ellen McNamara, DVM, CCRT
Alice Baker Meuten, DVM, CVC, CAC, CCRT
Rebecca L. Pocock, BVetMEd, CCRT
Bonnie Wesley, DVM, BSc, CCRT
Nicholas Albano, DVM, CVA, CCRT
George Carleton, RVT, CCRA
Jennifer Conrad, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Tracie Grubb, DVM, CCRT
Chanita Lohakamolchai, DVM, CCRT
Leanne S. Richardson, LVT, CCRA
Haleh Siahpolo, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dianne E. Skorup, VMD, CCRT
Brad Twigg, DMV, CCRT
Alexa Allen, MS, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Rafael Estrada-Gonzalez, DVM, CCRT
Lynn Locatelli, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dusty A. Page Miller, CVT, CCRA
Miss Patcharin Priyavoravong, DVM, CCRT
Amy Reichert, RVT, CCRA
David R. Wohlstadter-Rocha, DVM, CCRT
Danyel Wynn, DVM, CVMA, CCRT
Laura Campbell, LVT, CCRA
Naomi Horita, VT, CCRA
Andrea Jones, DPT, PT, CCRT
Adrienne Kaster, PT, CCRT
Tanya Tkaczyk Lowrey, MSc, DVM, CCRT
Cynthia M. Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR, CCRT
Jennifer L. Palmer, DVM, CCRT
April Williams, VT, CCRA
Heidi Woog, DVM, CCRT
Kimberly A. Agnello, DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRT
Danielle Varan Becton, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Elizabeth L. Brown, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Amber Callaway, DVM, CCRT
Kevin Coleman, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT
Christian Finn, DVM, CVA, VSMT, CCRT
Jayme K.K. Michishima, CVT, CCRA
April Marie Milchak, VT, CCRA
Hal J. Mooney, DVM, CCRT
Ember Moreno, DVM, CCRT
Marty Parks, LPTA, CCRA
Caroline Louise Queen, BVSc, BSc, MRCVS, CCRT
Valerie Starr, CCRA
Alissa Wales, VT, CCRA
David Wohlstadter-Rocha, DVM, CCRT
Tomoko Yabuno, VT, CCRP, CCRA
Cara A. Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT
Ronald E. Carsten, DVM, PhD, CVA, CCRT
Emily J. Harkness, LVT, CCRA
Oliver Harms, Dr.med.vet., CCRT
Javier Gil Martinez-Darve, DVM, MRCVS, CCRT
Carmen Evelyne Miller, DVM, CCRT
Tammy Noren, PT, CCRT
Rachel Rowen, DVM, CCRT
Suzanne Shanahan, CVT, CCRA
Alison M. Trotta, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jessica Venable, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jane A. Wittstock, DVM, CCRT
Lesli A. Wyant, DVM, CCRT
Danielle V. Adams, MPT, CCRT
Elizabeth F. Baird, DVM, CVPP, CCRT
Michael C. Bassett, DVM, CCRT
Candace L. Burris, VT, CCRA
Catherine Hedden, DVM, CCRT
Lyn Johnson, DVM, CCRT
Mary Kelly, DVM, CCRT
Stephanie Badge Kindred, DVM, CCRT
Dennis Leon, DVM, CCRT
Kathleen Neforos-Dunbar, CVT, CCRA
Katherine Orcutt, PT, MA
Rebecca Lin Smaka, DVM, DACVS, CCRT
Abigail Smith, DVM, CCRT
Pete van Dongen, Drs (Utrecht), CertVR, MRCVS, CCRT