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November 2021

Updates on CRI Courses Due to COVID-19

COVID vaccine graphicCOVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Required for In-Person Class Participants. As of November 1, 2021, Canine Rehabilitation Institute requires all individuals attending in-person classes to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, except for individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from being eligible for vaccination. If you have a medical exemption, you must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48-72 hours before the start of class. Negative results must be sent to us electronically at least 24 hours before the start of the first day of class. If you have registered for an in-person class, CRI will contact you and provide a link so you may submit your proof of COVID vaccination or negative test. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

We appreciate the patience and flexibility our students have shown as we work to provide the best education in rehabilitation and acupuncture during this challenging time. We have converted our core curriculum courses to hybrid versions so students can continue to learn and complete their certification even with all of the restrictions posed by the pandemic. For more information on each module, please visit their respective pages here: Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, Clinical Skills, Clinical Applications, Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. Please know we are available by email at [email protected] should you have questions or concerns, or want to know more about our classes in the future. Please continue to check our Newsletters and this News page for the latest updates.


August 2021

Get a Preview of CRI's Public TV Segments — On Air Starting September 1!

CRI is excited to announce that our first Public Television segment will begin airing September 1st. There will be a 1-minute promotional piece appearing on Fox Business News during prime time. The Public TV segment will then be featured on Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid and shown on public television stations over the next 12 months. Be sure to check your local Public TV channel for listings. We created this programming to help pet owners better understand the benefits of canine rehabilitation and know how to find a qualified rehabilitation therapist. Be sure to share this with your friends, colleagues and pet owners!

What Is Canine Rehabilitation? (1:01)

Learn More About Canine Rehabilitation (8:34)


April 2021

ANZCVS Science Week emailSasha Foster Named Keynote Speaker for ANZCVS Science Week

Sasha Foster will be the Keynote Speaker for the Virtual ANZCVS Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Science Week lecture series, being held July 9-11, 2021. Read the announcement, and learn more about Science Week.


November 2020

Veterinary Practice News Interviews CRI Founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke

Veterinary Practice News interviewed Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI's founder and CEO, for its recent article "Rehabilitation Therapy: A Client-Driven Field."

Animal rehabilitation is a client-driven field, according to Janet Van Dyke, DVM, Dipl. ACVSMR, founder and CEO of Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) and affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“As dog owners have become increasingly aware of the benefits of rehabilitation, they have driven veterinarians to become more involved in this field,” Dr. Van Dyke says. “Dog owners/handlers no longer accept that a dog who has had a major stifle surgery should be kept confined for several weeks. Now they call the practice where the surgery is to be performed to ask about post-op rehabilitation options. If the practice does not offer these, they will find another place to have the surgery and the rehabilitation done.”

Read the complete article.


June 2020

Congratulations to Francisco Maia, President of the APTA Animal Physical Therapy SIG!

Congratulations to CRI faculty member Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT, for becoming the president of the Animal Physical Therapy Special Interest Group (APT-SIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association!

Francisco has been serving as vice president and will now serve as president of the SIG until 2022.


ANZCVS Expressions of Interest Survey letterTake the ANZCVS Expressions of Interest Survey for a Chapter of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

ANZCVS NEW CHAPTER: Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (VSMR)

Expressions of Interest

The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) seeks to serve the veterinary profession and reward excellence. Membership of the College is an official recognition of a veterinarian's knowledge and experience in a designated field of veterinary science. To become a member of the College a candidate must have at least three and a half years post-graduate experience as a veterinarian and have successfully completed both written and oral/practical examinations in one of the diverse range of subjects on offer.

College Fellowship is associated with scholarly and technical excellence in a particular subject. Standards required for training and examination in Fellowship subjects meet or exceed the prerequisites for registration as a Veterinary Specialist in Australia and/or New Zealand.

In response to feedback from veterinarians, the College is seeking to establish a new Chapter of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (VSMR). The field of VSMR has been developed to address the requirements of athletic and working animals as well as those that need rehabilitation. Rehabilitation not only addresses return to function post-surgery but also includes therapy to improve patient health when limitations exist due to age, chronic disease or other injuries.

VSMR is a rapidly growing field with European and American Colleges already in existence. The ANZCVS is seeking expressions of interest from veterinarians (Members and non-Members) into their interest in participating in a new VSMR Chapter and/or undertaking Membership examinations in this field. If you could please complete the survey via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated. The estimated time to complete the survey is 4 minutes.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/anzcvs_vsmr


Official CARE Sponsor logoCRI Sponsors Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE)

CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE), a free resource to help dog owners navigate osteoarthritis (OA) with their veterinarian and learn evidence-guided techniques to improve their dog's quality of life. Veterinary professionals can sign up for free memberships to access tools, forms, and videos for use in their practice and that they can share with clients.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions, with at least 1 in 5 dogs developing the disease in their lifetime. As the leading cause of chronic pain, OA can have a significant impact on the quality of life for your patients, and for your clients who are caring for dogs in pain. While OA isn't curable, the earlier you can identify and manage it, the better impact you can have on your patients' quality of life. With CARE, you'll find tools, resources, and evidence-based information to help aid you in your practice.

CARE was founded by CRI faculty member Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, as a central resource to answer the most common questions about OA that she encounters from colleagues around the world. The website covers everything from diagnosing developmental orthopedic diseases to nutrition and weight loss, rehabilitation, pain management, lifestyle modifications, and more. There are resources to share with clients, as well as extensive, evidence-based content for dog owners to help them manage their dog's OA at home. Visit the CARE website to learn more.


May 2020

Interested in an ANZCVS Chapter for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine?

CRI graduate Dr. Yoko Clinch is asking veterinary professionals in Australia and New Zealand for support in creating a recognized specialty for rehabilitation and sports medicine. Dr. Clinch writes:

Dear veterinarians who are students and graduates of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute,

I am writing to ask for your help in establishing a new chapter in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

The ANZCVS oversees Membership and Fellowship examinations for people with an interest in an area of veterinary science, and then the desire to become a recognised specialist (respectively) www.anzcvs.org.au/about-the-college/. The ANZCVS Fellowship qualifications receive equivalent recognition in this country as people who have American or European Board Certifications.

The Board of the ANZCVS have asked me to contact veterinarians interested in sitting this subject area as a Membership exam so that they have a tangible number that they can work with in determining the feasibility of establishing this chapter. I feel very strongly that veterinarians in Australia and New Zealand will benefit from the establishment of a chapter in Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine because it will serve to not only promote the work that we do and the science behind it, but also allow further research into this area, thereby improving the standards of veterinary patient care in collaboration with other fields of veterinary science.

In order to get this chapter established, the Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Membership level exam is proposed to be applicable to small animal and equine practitioners, with the eventual goal of establishing a Fellowship level of qualification in either Small Animal OR Equine Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

To this end if you are a veterinarian who is interested in sitting a Membership level ANZCVS exam in the short-medium term, please email your expression of interest to Robyn Pettigrew, Examinations Officer at: [email protected], with a CC to me at: [email protected].

We are also looking for existing Diplomates of the American or European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation who are working in Australia or New Zealand to become founding members for this chapter in the ANZCVS. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected].

Thank you very much for your time. Kind regards,

Dr Yoko Clinch BSc BVMS (Hons) MANZCVS CCRT

Veterinary Rehabilitation Services
8 Fancote Street
Kelmscott WA 6148


April 2020

Blue Dog Designs logoCongratulations to Brittany Weicht, the 2020 Help 'Em Out Contest Winner!

Canine Rehabilitation Institute and Blue Dog Designs Announce the 2020 Winner of the Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students

CRI is happy to announce Brittany Weicht as the winner of our 2020 Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students sponsored by Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help 'Em Up® Harness.

Brittany Weicht
Brittany Weicht and her dog, Jericho

Entrants were asked to submit an essay explaining their interest in rehabilitation and what they hoped to accomplish in their career with the winner getting free tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module.

Brittany, a third-year student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, said winning the contest was a humbling and exciting experience.

"I have had a special interest in physical rehabilitation since my first day in veterinary school, and now I have the opportunity to study with some of the best rehabilitation therapists in the world," she explained. "I cannot wait to start this journey and put my new skills into practice for the benefit of all my canine patients. I am very thankful to Blue Dog Designs for giving me this great opportunity."

CRI would like to thank Cary and Lindsey Zimmerman, owners of Blue Dog Designs, for their generosity in sponsoring this contest each year. They have helped several deserving veterinary professionals start their careers in canine rehabilitation.



January 2020

Veterinary Students: Enter the Help 'Em Out Contest to Win Free Tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation – a $2,900 Value!

Blue Dog Designs Help 'Em Up logo Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help'Em Up Harness®, in partnership with Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), has announced the 2020 "Help 'Em Out" contest to encourage veterinary students to pursue education in canine rehabilitation. The winner of the "Help 'Em Out" contest will receive free tuition for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, one of the three courses required for certification by Canine Rehabilitation Institute – a $2,900 value!

The contest is open from January 15 through March 1, 2020. Entrants will be asked to submit a 400-500-word essay explaining their interest in canine rehabilitation and what they hope to accomplish in their career. The winner will be selected by March 30 and would be eligible to attend Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation June 5-9, 2020, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

The Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students is now closed. Please check back later this spring for an announcement about the winner.


October 2019

Introducing The Tayla Fund

The Tayla Fund

CRI is pleased to announce the creation of The Tayla Fund, in memory of Tayla, a long-time favorite demo dog and the beloved companion of Janessa Shine, an O.R. nurse at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.

Donations to The Tayla Fund are tax-deductible and will be used to pay for rehabilitation at Coral Springs Animal Hospital for clients who cannot afford it.

Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI's founder and CEO, made the first donation to launch The Tayla Fund.

To make a tax-deductible donation, use the button below to donate to Coral Springs Animal Hospital's charitable fund through the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund. Please be sure to select Coral Springs Animal Hospital as the recipient and specify "The Tayla Fund" in the Donor Name(s) for Public Recognition section of the donation form.

Donate to The Tayla Fund

Tayla was the December 2018 recipient of the Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Award. During her long career with CRI, she helped train hundreds of veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary nurses/technicians.


May 2018

Second Edition of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Now Available!

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation book coverCRI faculty member Dr. Chris Zink and founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke are excited to announce that the second edition of their book Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is now available!

This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. New chapters cover biological therapies, working dogs, and business management, and every chapter has been extensively revised and expanded with state-of-the-art information - providing an even greater wealth of evidence, expertise, and experience to this complex discipline. This gold standard reference for all aspects of sports medicine and rehabilitation is a must have!

Special offer! The first 100 orders will get a personalized copy autographed by Chris Zink and free shipping (when shipped to a U.S. address).

To learn more and place an order, visit the Canine Sports Productions website.

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Congratulations to Our New Graduates

October 2021
Christy Cary, MSPT, CCRT
Sara Davis, PT, DPT, CCRT
Amber Dequaine, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT
Emily Falk, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Sarah Graham, MS, PT, CCRT
Joshua Hall, DPT, OCS, CertDN, CertMST, CCRT
Sarah Hanley, DVM, CVAT, CCRT
Tiffany Herbert, CCRA
Megan Kelley, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, CCRT
Fiona Little, VMD, DACVS, CCRT
Cris Macke, PT, DPT, CLT, CCRT

September 2021
Joan Giddings, PT, CCRT
Kelly Collier Hansen, DPT, CCRT
Jacob Quin, DVM, CVAT, CCRT
Christina Richards, DVM, CCRT

August 2021
Jennifer Bellis, PT, CCRT
Sarah Hammond, RVT, CCRVN
Lisa Lancaster, DVM, CVA, CERPM, CCRT
Elizabeth McCalley, DVM, CCRT
Katie McKenzie, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Susanne Parks, CCRA
Samantha Peters, PT, DPT, CSCS, CCRT
Holden Sakala, PT, DPT, CCRT
Sharryn Jones Smith, DPT, COMT, CCRT
Chris Warner, CVT, CCRVN

July 2021
Bonnie Cunningham, PT, MA, MPA, HPCS, CCRT
Shannon Frisch, PT, CCRT
Alexandra Kingston-Kerr, BVSc, CCRT
Lynn Low, PT, CCRT
Catherine Newman, DVM, CCRT
Justin Pittman, DPT, CCRT
Kristen Tinlin, PT, DPT, CCRT

June 2021
Allison Cotter, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Cheryl Cullion, DVM, CCRT
Lynne Marshall, PT, CEEAA, CCRT
Hayley Robinson, DVM, CCRT
Leah Stapelman, DPT, CCRT
Brittany Weicht, DVM, CCRT

May 2021
Jennifer Bentz, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Kyle Daniel, DVM, ACVA, CCRT
Jessica Goh, BVSc, MANZVS(Surgery), CCRT
Debbie Goode, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, CCRT
Marisa Harris, CVT, CCRVN
Dana Reid, DPT, CCRT
Katie Siu, DPT, CCRT
Heather Smyrski, DPT, Cert. MDT, C2 Cert. SST, CCRT

April 2021
Lisa Chase, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Rebecca Dao, DPT, CSCS, CCRT
Cara Depontes, CVT, CCRVN
Elizabeth Kelly, DVM, CCRT
Julia Peairs, PT, DPT, CCRT
Sarah Taubenberger, DVM, CCRT
Alan Zidek, PT, CCRT

March 2021
Lauren Ashenbrener, PT, DPT, CCRT
Natasha Bui, DPT, CCRT
Amy Bruno Melendy, DVM, MPH, CAC, CCRT
Dana Novara, DVM, CCRT
Tiffany Strawn, PT, DPT, SCS, CCRT
Jennifer Vitucci, DVM, CCRT

February 2021
Colleen Barton, DPT, CCRT
Ashley Beard, DVM, CCRT
Megan Cain, CCRA
Jenna Dockweiler, MS, DVM, DACT, CCRT, CVAT
Victoria Schwertner, VMD, CCRT

January 2021

December 2020
Eileen Gillen, DVM, CCRT
Courtney White, DPT, CCMFT, CCRT
Molly Whitlow, DVM, CCRT
Kelley Zupanek, DPT, OMPT, OCS, CCRT

November 2020
Katelyn Applegate, PT, DPT, CCRT
Meghan Barrett, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Michelle Erney, VMD, BS, MLAS, CCRT
Rebecca Hall, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Deb Lytle, DVM, CCRT
Cassie Swafford, PT, CCRT

October 2020
Amanda Webb, DVM, CCRT
Kristy Pilkerton Whitis, DVM, CCRT

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