lots of news to share!
In Memoriam: Carol Helfer, DVM, CCRT
19, 2014—The staff at
CRI was saddened to learn that Carol Helfer,
DVM, CCRT, of Portland, Oregon, passed away in January.
Carol earned her CCRT from CRI in 2005 and brought
her beloved dog Spam to several CRI courses. She
was passionate about sports medicine
and rehabilitation and founded Canine Peak
Performance to offer those services to her clients.
Carol served as president
of the Portland Veterinary Association in 1990-91
and president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
in 2002. She also was an avid agility
and flyball competitor.
For more information,
please read Carol's
obituary. Donations in her memory
may be made to the Morris
Animal Foundation or your
local humane society.
In Memoriam: Lois Sargent, DVM, CCRT
May 31, 2014—Our sympathies
go out to the family and friends of CRI graduate
Dr. Lois Sargent, who passed away in January. Lois
was a professor at Miami Dade College in Florida
and program coordinator of the Veterinary Technology
program there. She also practiced part-time at two
animal hospitals and owned a mobile, holistic practice.
She earned her CCRT from CRI in 2012 and was a friend
to many on the CRI staff.
Lois was known for her compassionate attitude toward
people and animals. "I hope that her positivity
and free-spirited approach to keeping everyone confident
and happy throughout the program continues," said
veterinary technology student Alyssa Alvarez in an
article in the Miami Dade college newspaper. Read "Heart
of the Vet-Tech Program Passes Away" to learn
more about Lois and her influence on students.
We encourage anyone who attended classes with Lois
to join with CRI in making a donation to the Lois
Sargent Veterinary Technology Scholarship through
the Miami Dade College Foundation. Visit
the Miami Dade alumni website to donate online.
Faculty Member Dr. Laurie McCauley to Present at
March 26, 2014—CRI faculty
DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRT, will be lecturing about
rehabilitation April 1 at the Connecticut
Veterinary Medical Association's annual meeting and convention
in Hartford. Dr. Laurie McCauley also will be speaking October 1-2 at the District
of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine.
Faculty Member Dr. Steve Steinberg Co-authors PLOS
Genetics Article About the Genetic Link Between Degenerative Cerebellar Diseases in Old English
Sheepdogs and Gordon Setters
February 21, 2014—CRI faculty member Dr.
Steve Steinberg recently co-authored a journal article about
the genetic link between degenerative cerebellar
diseases in Old English Sheepdogs and Gordon Setters — the
result of work he started more than 30 years ago.
"Canine Hereditary Ataxia in Old English Sheepdogs and Gordon
Setters Is Associated with a Defect in the Autophagy Gene Encoding RAB24," was
published in the February 6, 2014 issue of PLOS Genetics.
In 1980, Steve was the first to report on
a cerebellar degenerative disease in Gordon Setters. [Steinberg
HS, Troncoso JC, Cork LC, Price DL (1981) Clinical features of inherited
cerebellar degeneration in Gordon Setters. J Am Vet Med Assoc 179:
886–890.] At this time, he
was an Associate in comparative medicine in Johns Hopkins Department
of Comparative Medicine, and this was a very exciting discovery. Steve
did this research while running one of the largest veterinary referral-only
clinics in the United States.
In 2000, Steve was the first to report a naturally
occurring cerebellar degeneration in Old English Sheepdogs. [Steinberg
HS, Van Winkle T, Bell JS, de Lahunta A (2000) Cerebellar degeneration
in Old English Sheepdogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 217: 1162–1165.] This
group of dogs showed a high level of genetic relationship, and it was
recognized to be a disease that, with careful breeding, could readily be
Since that time and through the support of many
wonderful Old English Sheepdog breeders, the genetics of this disease
have been pursued aggressively. Through the hard work of lead author
Dr. Natasha Olby at North Carolina State and a group of tireless colleagues,
it has recently been shown that these two degenerative cerebellar
diseases have a genetic link for which a genetic test has now been
Steve is excited for all of the breeders who have
invested in this research, hoping one day to have a definitive test
that can eliminate this terrible disease from their lines.
the full article ...
"Physical Therapy On the Rise for Pets," Albuquerque Journal
February 21, 2014—A
recent Associated Press story that appeared on ABC News also was published
in the Albuquerque Journal. The article quoted CRI faculty
Peck, PT, PhD, CSCS, CCRT, and Sasha
Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT, about the growing popularity
of animal rehabilitation.
The Albuquerque Journal story included
photos showing Foster (pictured at right) and Dr. Felix Duerr of Colorado
State engaged in
canine rehabilitation with Zach, a golden retriever, and Claire, a
the full article ...
Photo: Joe A. Mendoza/Colorado State University/AP Photo
Service Preserves Hope for Budding Canine Athlete," Today@Colorado
17, 2014—A recent story on Today@Colorado State
featured Flex, short for "Flexibility,"
a 3-year-old Border collie and elite canine athlete from the Spokane,
Washington, area. Flex came to CSU's James L. Voss Veterinary
Teaching Hospital for surgery and physical therapy after rupturing
two digital flexor tendors in a hind leg during a
recent agility competition.
His surgery team is headed by Dr. Felix Duerr,
a veterinary orthopaedist and director of CSU's Small Animal Sports
Medicine service. CRI faculty member Sasha
Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT, will work with Flex at the
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
and collaborate with veterinarians in Washington.
"I took a lot of time to research who had the best knowledge on the injury and who could best help him heal," said Barb Davis, the dog's owner and a trainer who competes in world agility championships. "The
facility is super, and I'm completely impressed with the team's knowledge and
sincerity. You can tell everyone really wants this surgery and rehab to work."
the full article ...
CRI Faculty Members Win Book Awards
17, 2014—The Dog Writers Association
of America presented CRI faculty members Sasha
Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT, (at left in photo) and Dr.
Chris Zink (at right)
with awards for their books at a banquet February 9 in New York
The reference book Canine Sports Medicine
and Rehabilitation, edited by CRI faculty members Dr. M. Christine
Zink and CRI founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke, won the award for "Best
Book on Health and General Care." This 480-page book is a gold-standard,
comprehensive reference on all aspects of sports medicine and rehabilitation
for all dogs. It contains 23 chapters written by experts
in the field, including many CRI faculty members. It covers biomechanics,
exercise physiology, nutrition, common orthopedic conditions of the
canine athlete, and in-depth rehabilitation and integrative therapies
for all dogs. Each chapter includes case studies and numerous color
images to demonstrate the concepts discussed. Click
here to learn more or purchase the book.
The book Canine Cross Training,
Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog by Sasha
A. Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT, won the Eukanuba Canine Health
Award. This book applies the four conditioning components of top athletes —
balance, strength, endurance and flexibility —
to canine athletes. When the four
conditioning components are executed in a systematic approach using the key
exercise principles of frequency, intensity and duration, dogs can be trained
to reach their fullest potential in any canine sport or activity and also
kept fitter and more injury-free over a longer period of time. Click
here to learn more or purchase the book.
Who Have Undergone Digit Amputation Needed for Study
February 17, 2014—Researchers from Washington
State University, North Carolina State University, and Massachusetts
Veterinary Referral Hospital are looking
for agility dogs who have undergone digit amputation for a
study evaluating the performance of competition agility dogs before
and after digit amputation. As it is difficult
to recruit sufficient numbers of qualifying cases in a traditional
retrospective format that reviews case records from a single or a
small number of veterinary practices, researchers are attempting
to recruit cases directly from owners and veterinarians.
qualify for inclusion, dogs should be between 2 and 8 years of age
and competing in the Excellent/Masters level of American Kennel Club
(AKC) agility or the equivalent Championship Masters level within
the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) prior to the injury
or disease necessitating digit amputation. Depending on case numbers,
researchers may also include agility dogs that primarily compete in
other venues such as the Agility Association of Canada (AAC). The
amputation should have occurred between 2010 and 2014. The dog’s
injury or disease need not be directly related to agility training
or competition. It is not a requirement that the dog returned to competition
after the amputation procedure.
Researchers will use a combination of web-based survey and structured
telephone interviews to collect information from owners. Owners will
provide consent for researchers to review relevant medical records
from the veterinarian who performed the digit amputation. Additional
information is available through our study web site at http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/researchVCS/agilityToes.aspx .
If you have questions, contact the study researchers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clients may inquire about the eligibility of their dog for this study
by submitting an on-line form that is accessed through the web site
referenced above. Owners are encouraged to consider submitting a
form even if their dog does not exactly meet all the inclusion criteria
"PT for Pets? Vets Prescribing Physical Therapy," Associated
Press / ABC News
February 4, 2014—A n Associated Press story
about the growing popularity of animal rehabilitation
interviewed CRI faculty members Kirk
Peck, PT, PhD, CSCS, CCRT, and
Sasha Foster, MS
Physical Therapy, CCRT. The article, which appeared on ABC News,
also mentioned CRI's certification program and its partnership with
Colorado State University.
"In the past, we didn't know what to do with
them [injured or post-operative animal patients] and put them in a
crate for six weeks," says
Peck, a physical therapy professor at Creighton University in Omaha,
Neb., and president of the American Physical Therapy Association's
animal rehabilitation group.
Now, he says, the veterinary community knows better: "The faster you mobilize
them, the faster their recovery is."
"People really look at their pets as part of the
Foster, a physical therapist who runs the Colorado State rehab program
with Dr. Felix Duerr. "What we get to do now is improve the quality
of life for a family member, which improves the quality of life of
Read the full article ...
CRI Faculty Member Dr. Christine Zink publishes landmark study
in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
January 20, 2014—CRI congratulates Canine
Sports Medicine faculty member M.
Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVP, Dipl. American College of Veterinary
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, on
the publication of her landmark study, "Evaluation of the risk and
age of onset of cancer and behavioral disorders in gonadectomized
Vizslas" in the February
1, 2014 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical
Association. This thought-provoking paper is certain to lead
to many discussions regarding the current practices related to spaying
and neutering dogs.
Mark Your Calendar for the 5th Annual Symposium on Therapeutic
Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (STAAR)
November 13, 2013—The 5th Annual Symposium on Therapeutic
Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (STAAR) promises to be a great
CE experience once again. The symposium will be held April 25-27,
2014, in beautiful Florham Park, New Jersey.
In addition to the pre-symposium labs and workshops that
have made this symposium so popular, this year the symposium will
have a half-day lecture track on Saturday, April 26, entitled, "What's
On the Horizon? Cutting-Edge Topics in Veterinary Rehabilitation That
Impact Your Practice Today." This lecture track, sponsored
by the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV),
features four great presenters: Joan Coates, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neuro);
our own Kristin
Kirkby Shaw, DVM, DACVS, PhD, Dipl. American College of Veterinary
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation; Pedro Rivera, DVM, Fellow
American College of Functional Neurology; and Gina Bertocci, PhD,
PE, Endowed Chair Biomechanics, University of Louisville.
To learn more, download
the symposium flyer and registration form or visit www.staarconference.com.
Mark your calendar for this great event!
Finding Love in CRI's Introduction Class!
October 17, 2013—Congratulations to Dr. Joe
Spoo and Dr. Krista Hardy,
who were married October 12 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony - complete with
a very special groom's cake!
Joe and Krista met during CRI's Introduction to Canine
Rehabilitation course in January 2012. Both completed their CCRTs, and they
will now run Best Care Pet
Hospital, a sports medicine and rehabilitation
practice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Joe also serves as a faculty member
Please join us in wishing them a long, healthy and prosperous
Class Photos: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation (UK),
October 17, 2013—We were thrilled to have a great
group of students from 12 countries attend our sold-out Introduction to
Canine Rehabilitation (UK) class. The faculty team for this course included Dr.
Patsy Mich, physical therapist Judy
Coates, CRI Chief Operating Officer Joyce Rudzitis, Dr.
Laurie McCauley, CRI founder Dr.
Janet Van Dyke, and Dr.
"Center Graduates First Class of Search Dogs," Philadelphia
Photo: David M. Warren, Staff Photographer, Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2013—The
Philadelphia Inquirer recently
interviewed CRI student Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, the founder
and director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
"There are only about 180 of these dogs nationwide," she
said, giving a tour of the facility she now directs. Traditionally,
most of the dogs came from other countries, primarily in Eastern Europe."
the full article ...
|"School for Dogs," Time
for Kids magazine
The Penn Vet Working Dog
Center also was featured as the cover story of the September 20, 2013
issue of Time for Kids magazine.
To accompany the story, Time for Kids posted a 3-minute interview
with Dr. Otto on its website.
the video ...
Laurie McCauley Named to AHVMA Board of Directors, September 2013
September 27, 2013—CRI faculty member Laurie
McCauley, DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRT, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American
Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
In August 2013, Dr. McCauley spoke at the AHVMA conference in Kansas
City about lasers, the musculoskeletal exam, neurological rehabilitation,
and exercise for all stages of life.
Class Photo: Canine Sports Medicine (UK), September 2013
September 17, 2013—Students attending the Canine
Sports Medicine (UK) class pose with the CRI team, including CRI faculty
member Dr. Chris Zink (top
row, sixth from left), Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick (top row, seventh from left),
managing director of Fitzpatrick
Referrals, and Dr.
Janet Van Dyke (top row, eighth from left), CRI founder and CEO. This
terrific group of students came from six different countries and thoroughly
enjoyed their time at Fitzpatrick Referrals, which served as a great
host facility for this class.
Great UK Visit,
September 17, 2013—Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick,
managing director of Fitzpatrick
Referrals, posed for
a photo with CRI faculty members Drs. M.
Christine Zink (left) and Janet
Van Dyke, editors of the new reference volume Canine Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Referrals, located in Surrey, has served as a wonderful host facility
for CRI's classes
in the United Kingdom.
here to learn more or purchase the book.
"Physical therapy helps man's best friend," The
July 1, 2013—A recent article in the Kids
Post section of the Washington
Post explained the field of canine rehabilitation and featured the
work of VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
CRI faculty member H. Steven Steinberg, VMD, Dip.
ACVIM, Neurology, CCRT, is chief of staff of the
"Physical therapy (PT) isn't just for people. Animals also sometimes
need help strengthening muscles or regaining their ability to walk, run
or climb stairs after surgery or an injury. And as animals get older, they
may find it hard to move easily. Physical therapy helps improve their quality
of life," the article states.
"About 12 years ago, some PT specialists realized that many of the
same techniques and equipment used to help humans could benefit animals
— especially dogs. Since then, a new career field, called canine rehabilitation,
the full article ...
CRI Announces 2014 Course Schedule
June 17, 2013— To help
CRI students and prospective students plan ahead, we are publishing a list
of all of our 2014 core courses. Please see the Course
Schedule page for
dates and locations.
We will open registration for
courses approximately eight months in advance and make the announcement in
our monthly Constant Contact e-newsletter. (Sign up for our e-newsletter at the upper right corner of this page.) Please note that
even though we are publishing course dates for the entire year, we will not
accept advance registrations or hold seats for upcoming courses that are not
open for registration.
encourage you to register promptly after you receive the e-newsletter announcement
and to also consider registering for all three courses in your certification
program. For CCRTs these are Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, The Canine
Rehabilitation Therapist, and Canine Neurological Rehabilitation. For CCRAs
these are Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, The Canine Rehabilitation
Assistant, and Canine Sports Medicine.
If a course that you wish to attend
is sold out, please register for the next offering and contact us to have
your name put on the waiting list for your desired course. You must register
for an available course in order to join a waiting list, and you may join
only one waiting list at a time. Note that there is a limited number of names
we can have on any one waiting list.
One more reminder ... please wait to
make travel arrangements until your registration is confirmed by a CRI staff
If you have any questions about these changes, please feel free to
contact us. Thank you!
to Our New
Joy Alleman, DVM, CCRT
Jonathan S. Block, DVM, CCRT
Cynthia Ann Burdick, CCRA
Molly M. Esper, LVT, CCRA
Aimee Katherine Green, DVM, CCRT
Anna Rosalind Hollis, BVetMed, MRCVS, CCRT
Ann S. Hutchison, BVMS, MRCVS, MBAcC, CCRT
Marian Meyers, PT, CCRT
DJ "Pin" Needham, BVSc, DDA, CCRT
Bradley Pietila, DVM, CCRT
Robin Ryan, PT, CCRT
Susanne Teufel, DVM, CCRT
Philipp Winkels, DVM, Dipl. ECVS, Fachtierarzt Fur Kleintiere, CCRT
Polly S. Yamamoto, VMD, CCRT
Jennifer Andreae, MS, PT, DPT
Michelle Arnold, DVM, CCRT
Shir-Raz Har-Nir Ben-Amotz, DVM, CCRT
Judith B. Hall, PT, DPT, CCRT
Rebecca L. Hubert, DVM, CCRT
Stephanie G. Monk, DVM, CCRT
Elizabeth Nonnemacher, DVM, CCRT
Suzanne Sutton, DVM, CCRT
Alison Traylor, DVM, CCRT
Katherine Vagliano, DVM, CCRT
Dr. med. Vet Gereon Viefhues, CCRT
Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Nicole Gaich, RVT, CCRA
Ann M. Hahn-Marchand, DVM, CCRT
Elena Glenna Lee, DVM, CCRT
Dawn Piper, PT, MPT, CCRT
Rob Santos, DVM, CCRT
Jessika Strauss, PT, DPT, CCRT
Ilana Strubel, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT
Stephanie Bonner, BVSc, PGCertSc, CCRT
Susan L. Dannis, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Erika Elmore, DVM, CCRT
Erika Gebhard, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jennifer L. Howard, CCRA
Amanda S. Hummel, DVM, CCRT
Kim Krueger, DVM, CCRT
Sheradan Campos Pate, DVM, CVA, CCRT
H. Bruce Sullivan, DVM, CCRT
Brian Waldo, DVM, CCRT
Elizabeth (Graham) Williams, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jackie Bariletto, PT, DPT, CCRT
R. Meredith Binder, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Wendy L. Harley, DVM, CCRT
Lisa Mason, DVM, CCRT
Carey A. Mayo, LVT, CCRA
Suzanne Plamondon, DVM, MBA, CVA, DABVP, CCRT
Annette "Bo" Bergeron, MPT, CCRT
Lisa Cosentino, BSc Zoology, RVT, CCRA
Joan Peters, RVT, CCRA
Leah Guesnon Smith, DVM, CCRT
Dana A. Vamvakias, DVM, CCRT
Joan Brocklebank, DVM, CCRT
Kimberly Hosking, DVM, CCRT
Idalia Padilla, LVT, CCRA
Jamie Lynn Peyton, DVM, DACVECC, CCRT
Amy Rapplean, VT, CCRA
Danielle Samuelson, VT, CCRA
Laura Toeller, PT, CCRT
Nancy Zimmerman, DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRT
Jessica Archuletta, VT, CCRA
Karen Shaw Becker, DVM, CCRT
Rachel Blackmer, DVM, DABVP, CCRT
Deborah Boyd, DVM, CCRT
Terri L. Broyles, CVT, CCRA
Karyn Fein, DVM, CCRT
Katherine J. Haldeman, DVM, CCRT
Shannon Hartfiel, CVT, CCRA
Cat Hefley, DVM, CCRT
Blake Harter Polett, CCRA
Kayla Sivertsen, RVT, CCRA
Masayuki Takase, DVM, CCRT
Betty Waalk, CVT, CCRA
Stacie Atria, DVM, CCRT
Kimberly Jeannine Caruso, DVM, DACVP, CCRT
Debra Collazo, VMD, CVC, CCRT
Christine Aveiro Cox, BSc, RVT, CCRA
Amber Jensen, PTA, CCRA
Charoul Lekx, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Judy K. Lethbridge, CVT, CCRA
Jason Z. Levinsohn, BS, CCRA
Gabriela Mateos-Trigos, DVM, MSc, PhD, CVA, CAQ, CCRT
Amy McFarlin, DVM, CCRT
Regan Morris, BSc, DVM,
Susan M. Pitts, LVT, CCRA
Heather S. York, DVM, CCRT
Erin L. Bequette, DVM, CCRT
Carrie Cardascia, LVT, CCRA
Roberta K. Grange, DVM, CCRT
Linda Ann Heaton, DVM, CCRT
Karen Holmes, BVSc, CCRT
Chadwick Hunt, DVM, CCRT
Debbie Husband, DVM, CCRT
Adriana Islas, MVZ, CCRT
Scott Kelley, PT, DPT, MBS, CCRT
Suzanne Mullings, DVM, CCRT
Megan Madeline Prinkey, CVT, CCRA
Jennifer Pultz, DVM, MBA, cVMA, CCRT
Ivana Ruzickova, PT, CCRT
Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT
Sherry Appel, JD, DVM, DVSc, DACVS, CCRT
Anitra Balchan, RVT, CCRA
Nina Field, BVSc, CCRT
William Grishkin, DVM, CCRT
Marilyn Koski, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Rachael Lozanoff, DVM, CCRT
Jessy Raets, PT, CCRT
Annie Standiford, DPT, CCRT
Ashley Welch, DVM, CCRT
Jessica Bunch, DVM, CCRT
Gina Chambers, DVM, CCRT
Ann Janssens, PT, CCRT
Elizabeth E. Jordan, DVM, CCRT
Christopher J. Keeley, DVM, CCRT
Charla Moore, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Amanda Pianga, LVT, CCRA
Terri Rosado, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Mitzi Levine Schepps, DVM, CCRT
Jennifer Jones Shults, DVM, CCRT
Jan Steele, PT, DPT, CCRT
Brian Strobel, DVM, CCRT
Elizabeth J. Wade, VMD, CCRT
Tiffani L. Witten, MS, DVM, CCRT