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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.


April 2018

Congratulations to the Winner of the Blue Dog Designs and Canine Rehabilitation Institute "Help 'Em Out" Contest!

Blue Dog Designs and Help 'Em Up™ Harness logoBlue Dog Designs, makers of the Help 'Em Up® Harness, in partnership with Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), is pleased to announce the winner of the Help 'Em Out Contest: Kim Barrier, a lead veterinary technician from New Braunfels who works with Texas Specialty Veterinary Services (TSVS). Ms. Barrier will receive free tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation - a $2,900 value.

Cary Zimmerman, president of Blue Dog Designs and inventor of the Help 'Em Up® Harness, said he was very impressed by the response to the competition. "It certainly showed us how strong interest in the field of canine rehabilitation is," he said.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide this educational opportunity to Ms. Barrier to help launch her career in canine rehabilitation," added Dr. Janet Van Dyke, founder and CEO of Canine Rehabilitation Institute. "After she completes CRI certification, she will be able to take her new skills and the hand-on experience that distinguishes our program back to her practice and patients."

Due to the strong interest shown by this group of professionals in pursing education in canine rehabilitation, Blue Dog Designs has announced plans to sponsor the Help 'Em Out Contest with CRI again next year! All entries submitted to this year's Help 'Em Out Contest will be kept on file for consideration next year. Applicants will be asked ahead of time for permission to be re-entered into the contest.

The Help 'Em Out competition was designed to encourage veterinary technicians/nurses to pursue education in rehabilitation to meet growing demand in the field. Contestants needed to meet CRI's prerequisites and write an essay explaining why they were interested in canine rehabilitation and what they hoped to accomplish in their career. The contest ran from February 1 to March 15, 2018.


January 2018

Blue Dog Designs and Canine Rehabilitation Institute Announce the "Help 'Em Out" Contest for Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Blue Dog Designs and Help 'Em Up™ Harness logoThank you to the veterinary technicians/nurses who entered the "Help 'Em Out" contest. The contest is now closed. Please check back in April 2018 for an announcement of the contest winner.

Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help 'Em Up™ Harness, is partnering with CRI to encourage veterinary technicians/nurses 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 "Help 'Em Out" contest is open February 1 through March 15, 2018. Entrants will need to meet the prerequisites for CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, and write 400-500 words explaining why they are interested in canine rehabilitation and what they hope to accomplish in their career. The winner will be selected by representatives from Blue Dog Designs and CRI by April 1, 2018, and would be eligible to attend Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation as early as June 9-13 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Information about the contest and an entry form can be found on the Blue Dog Designs and CRI "Help 'Em Out" Contest for Veterinary Technicians/Nurses page on the CRI website.


March 2017

Congratulations to CRI's 1,000th Graduate ... David Costanza!

David CostanzaThe faculty and staff members of CRI are thrilled to announce that we have certified our 1,000th graduate - David N. Costanza, VT, BA, CCRA!

David completed his CCRA certification in January. His dog Dobby also attended all three courses with David.

"We were so excited when we realized that David is our 1,000th graduate as he's been one of our all-time favorite students, and Dobby is one of our all-time favorite demo dogs," said Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CEO and founder of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

David works with Randy Aronson, VMD, CCRT, (CVA Pending), at PAWS Veterinary Center in Tucson, Arizona. The team at PAWS had the highest praise for David and shared more about his exceptional skills with their patients and clients.

"David received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona in 2002 and graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute in early 2013. With his long history as a marathon runner and great passion for rehabilitation and integrative medicine, David decided to attend the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to better serve the clients and patients of PAWS and is now a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. His health-conscious nature, compassion, and knowledge ensure that the patients at PAWS are in great hands.

"David has been a beloved team member at PAWS Veterinary Center since 2013. Foremost, he is an exceptional person. His genuine warmth, concern and compassion for people and animals alike are inspiring. He handles nervous pets with a gentle, unhurried and reassuring touch. We call him the 'dog whisperer.' Our clients and patients love his kind and patient demeanor and his commitment to helping them achieve their recovery goals. He has a great sense of humor and a consistently positive attitude. The team loves him because he is the go-to person for words of encouragement and a shoulder massage after a long and trying day. He is always willing to listen and offer support; he is the kind of coworker that will help you move on a Sunday. He reminds all of us why we love what we do. He keeps us laughing and even inspires team 5K fitness events. We are so proud of his achievements through his CRI certification, and we are truly grateful for the contributions he has made to our practice, our team, clients and patients."

Left: Dr. Randy Aronson and David Costanza. Right: David with Dobby.

Left: Dr. Randy Aronson and David Costanza. Right: David with superstar demo dog Dobby.

PAWS Veterinary Center is Southern Arizona's destination for companion animal healing and wellness. Integrative veterinary care unifies the science of conventional medicine with the benefits of complementary therapies to create health, promoting wellness, longevity and quality of life for its clients' best friends. To learn more about its award-winning facility, visit PawsTucson.com.

To celebrate our 1,000th graduate, CRI is giving David free tuition to any CRI continuing education course for which he is eligible and has sent Dobby a BarkBox with toys and treats.

Congratulations again to David!


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Congratulations to Our New Graduates

July 2018
Karyna Blake, CCRVN
Jessie Borgmeyer, DVM, CCRT
Elisabeth Cameron, BVetMed, BSc, MRCVS, CCRT
Kelly Fishman, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Natalie Helm, LVT, CCRVN
David Hirsch, DVM, CVA, CVC, MS, CCRT
Yueh-Lun Hus, DVM, CCRT
Melissa Jennings, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRT
Nancy Mitrano, MS, PT, CMP, DPT, CCRT
Katrina Olson, BSc, CCRA
Rena Singer, BS, DVM, CAC, CCRT
Jennifer Taylor, MS, DVM, CCRT
Trinity Taylor, CVT, CCRVN

June 2018
Javier Beneroso, DVM, CCRT
Bonnie Brown, VMD, CCRP, CCRT
Candice Brueck, MPT, CCRT
Jodi Croce, BS, CVT, CCRVN
Steven De Wit, PT, CCRT
Ana Equivel, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Edriana Bougrat Fermin, DPT, CCRT
Merry Gibson, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Michael Jewell, DVM, CCRT
Woosung Jung, DVM, CCRT
Lisa Kelly, CCRA
Hyeong-Mok Kim, DVM, CCRT
Amy Panning, DVM, CCRT
Shannon Patton, CCRA
Billie Jean Schanen, MSPT, CCRT

May 2018
Erika Gennusa, DVM, CCRT
Hillary Greatting, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRT
Christy McCratic, DVM, CCRT
Heather McEvoy, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Michelle Murray, CCRA
Jacqueline Olson, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Kelsey Schroeder, DVM, CCRT
Chris Stezik, RVT, CCRA/CCRVN

April 2018
Katelyn Bakewell, DVM, CCRT
Haley Brabant, DVM, CCRT
Joanna Cronquist, VMD, CCRT
Bethany Frank, DVM, MS, cVMA, CCRT
Dana Hoyt, DVM, CCRT
Kristie Hughes, BPhty, CCRT
Nancy Levin, CCRA
Samantha Nowak, LVT, CCRVN
Beverly Osteen, DVM, CCRT
Radica Rajagopal, DVM, CVA, CAC, CCRT
Wendy Ying, DVM, CVA, CAC, CCRT
Byung-Gook Yoon, DVM, CCRT

March 2018
Corey Brashinger, CCRA
Kelly Brooks, DVM, CCRT
Manami Hosokawa, CCRA
Jennifer Patton, DVM, CCRT
Viviana Restrepo, CCRA
Andrea Robertson, DVM, CCRT
Anna Shoya, DVM, CCRT
Rebecca Staple, DVM, CCRT
Andrea Storch, BSc, DVM, CCRT
Zachary Wermers, PT, ATC, CCRT

February 2018
Marie Bartling, DVM, cVMA, CVC, CCRT
Brenda Hinderliter, CVT, CCRA
Soo Hyun (Suzy) Kim, DVM, MS, CVA, CCRT
Patricia McAdams, CCRA
Tracy Morel, DPT, CCRT
Christina Shepherd, DVM, CCRT
Stephanie Stenschke-Großmann, DVM, CCRT

January 2018
Brianne Bellwood, RVT, VTS, CCRA
Candy Bramley, PT, DPT, CCRT
Jessica Dreyfuss, DVM, CCRT
Alissa Edoff, BVMS, cVMA, CCRT
Rachel Long, CVT, CCRA
Scott Makower, PT, PES, FMS-C, CCRT
Tiffany Matthis, CVT, CCRA
Teresa Nativadad, RVT, CCRA
Angela Pace, PT, DPT, MTC, CCRT
Renee Scholz, PT, CCRT
Kristina Shish, DVM, CCRT
Ray Spragley, DVM, CCRT
Laura Surovi, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dawn Taks, CVT, CCRA
Lina Vaca, DVM, CVA, CCRT

December 2017
Taylor Anderson, LMT, CCRA
Jennifer Freeman, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CCRT
Kelly Hopper, DVM, MS, DACLAM, CCRT
TaeHoon Kim, DVM, CCRT
Megan Luebke, CVT, CCRA
Alanna Mondiello, LVT, CCRA
PJ Rocheleau, DVM, CCRT

November 2017
Lora Abbott, DVM, CCRT
Karen Barnes, DVM, CCRT
Felicity Harradine, BVSc, MVS, MANZCVS, CVA (IVAS), CCRT
Toru Ishii, DVM, MS, CCRT
Britta Johnsson, PT, CCRT
Brandy Miller, CCRA
Heather Roloff, DPT, CCRT
Shawn Thompson, CVT, CCRA
Krista Welsh, DVM, CCRT

October 2017
Omer Coskun, DVM, CCRT
Jennifer Eckenrode, DVM, CCRT
Lorie Ehler, PT, DPT, MAEd, ATC, CCRT
Andrea Ford, CCRA
Lindsey Gavel, CCRA
Angela Rawlings, DVM, CCRT
Christian Vazquez, CCRA

September 2017
Jess Bale, BSc, LVT, RVT, CCRA
Jamison Lewis, RVT, CCRA
Tisha Posey, DVM, CCRT
Teresa Richards, CCRA
Taylor Sobchuk, DVM, CCRT
Geof Zann, DVM, CCRT

August 2017
Chun GI Choi, DVM, CCRT
Gab-Chol Choi, DVM, CCRT
Blair Cornman, VMD, CCRT
Suyoung Heo, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT
Roxanna Khorzad, DVM, CCRT
Seok-Jung Kim, DVM, CCRT
David Menard, DVM, CCRT
Anna Sim, BSc, BVMS, CCRT
Lisa St. Aubin, DVM, MPVM, CVSMT, CCRT

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