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July 2015

CRI Announces Course Fee Increases for 2016

July 9, 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.


June 2015

Coral Springs Animal Hospital: Board-Certified Surgeon Needed

Coral Springs Animal Hospital job postingJune 10, 2015—Coral Springs Animal Hospital is seeking a Board Certified Surgeon. Coral 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 Assistants (3).

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 veterinarians.

To learn more, read the complete job posting.


"'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 Kaufmann, C-Ped, founder of OrthoPets, and Dallas veterinarian Dr. Douglas Stramel, who attended CRI's Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation class in 2013.


The segment shows the process involved in making Goody's prothestics, 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."

Read the full article and watch the interview …


May 2015

Case Study: Rufus

May 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."

Read the complete case study and see more photos of Rufus ...


CRI's Brazilian Program is Off to a Great Start!

Brazil class photoMay 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!

Brazil class photo


March 2015

"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

Dr. Bess PierceMarch 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!


December 2014

CRI Forms Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics with Other Veterinary Rehabilitation Companies

Partners in Veterinary TherapeuticsDecember 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

CSUDecember 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 rehabilitation.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae or resume to felix.duerr@colostate.edu 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.


October 2014

"Walpole Vet Specializes in Treating Neurological Problems in Pets," Boston Globe

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."

Read the full article …

Dr. Stephanie Kube, Boston Globe article
Dr. Stephanie Kube with Sophia, who is undergoing treatment for an open wound. Photo: Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe


September 2014

"It Takes a Village," VCA Veterinary Referral Associates newsletter

Logan, Figure 1September 3, 2014—CRI faculty member Steve Steinberg, VMD, Dip. ACVIM, Neurology, CCRT, recently shared this great article from the newsletter of VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

"It Takes a Village"

When Hillary 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 paced technology.

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.

Logan, Figures 1 and 2Let 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.

Logan, Figure 1Brain 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 neurosurgeon.

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.


Logan, Figure 1At 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 Logan's progress.

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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Congratulations to Our New Graduates

October 2015
Chiara Adorini, Med. Vet, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jessica Raye Burgess, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Barbara Butler, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Barry Cherno, DVM, CCRT
Mirjam Coert, DVM, MRCVS, CCRT
Sonni Gilbert, DVM, CCRT
Constanza B. Gomez Alvarez, DVM, PhD, MRCVS, CVA, CCRT
Joanne Goulet, PT, DPT, C/NDT, CCRT
Jeff Ladd, DVM, CCRT
Christopher Lewis, MS, DVM, CCRT
Sarah McFarlane, VT, CCRA
Balpal Sandhu, DVM, CCRT
Curtis Stonecipher, DVM, CCRT
Nicolas Vecchio, DVM, DACVS, CCRT
Maggie Weston, DVM, CCRT

September 2015
Louren Carlino, DVM, CCRT
Brittany Carr, DVM, CCRT
Marcelle Cassar, BVSc, MRCVS, CCRT
Russell Howe-Smith, MS, VMD, CCRT
Kathryn Marles, LVT, VTS (Neurology), CCRA
Anne Risaliti, PT, CCRT
Tolina Tina Son, DVM, DACVECC, CVA, CCRT
Beth Tomasello, VT, CCRA

August 2015
Sofia Brickman, DVM, CCRT
Melloney Erwin, DVM, CCRT
Jessica Kyle Schumacher, DVM, CCRT
Anna B. Wolfe, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT

July 2015
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

June 2015
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

May 2015
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

April 2015
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

March 2015
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

February 2015
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

January 2015
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

December 2014
Laura Campbell, LVT, CCRA
Naomi Horita, VT, CCRA
Andrea Jones, DPT, PT, CCRT
Adrienne Kaster, PT, CCRT
Tanya Tkaczyk Lowrey, MSc, DVM, CCRT
Jennifer L. Palmer, DVM, CCRT
April Williams, VT, CCRA
Heidi Woog, DVM, CCRT

November 2014
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

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