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June 2019

Kristin Kirkby Shaw's article in Blackmores' pet magazineCheck Out This Great Educational Resource Written by CRI Faculty Member Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw!

Congratulations to CRI faculty member Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, who recently had a 2-page article published in Blackmores' pet magazine about the importance of canine rehabilitation after surgery.

This article would make a great educational tool to educate pet parents and referring veterinarians!

Click here to read and download the article.


May 2019

Blue Dog Designs logoBlue Dog Designs and Canine Rehabilitation Institute Announce the 2019 Winner of the Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Technicians / Nurses Pursuing a Career in Canine Rehabilitation

Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help 'Em Up® Harness, in partnership with Canine Rehabilitation Institute, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Help 'Em Out Contest: Carly Arbitman from New York City.

Carly ArbitmanCarly is a lead veterinary technician at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners of New York. Previously, Carly practiced for nearly five years with Dr. Bonnie Brown, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist at Gotham Veterinary Center/Canine Rehab of New York. Carly will receive free tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, a $2,900 course, one of the three courses required for certification by Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

"Ever since I became a licensed veterinary technician, it has been my mission to help pets and their owners live their best lives together," said Carly. "Being in the field of canine rehabilitation has allowed me to work towards that goal every day. When an owner tells me that their beloved pet can jump on the bed again, or go for a long walk in the park, it warms my heart. By winning this contest I can continue on the path to helping as many pets as I can. I am truly grateful for everyone that has supported me along the way and am excited about the future."

"Thanks to the support of Blue Dog Designs, we are thrilled to be able to provide this educational opportunity to Carly to help progress her career in canine rehabilitation," said 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 hands-on experience that distinguishes our program back to her practice and patients."

The national Help 'Em Out competition was launched in February 2019 and ran through April 15. The goal was to encourage veterinary technicians/nurses to pursue education in rehabilitation to help meet growing demand in the field. Entrants were required to meet the prerequisites for CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course, and write an essay explaining their interest in canine rehabilitation and what they hoped to accomplish in their career. Carly will attend the course this September in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

"This contest is a way for us to provide support to a veterinary technician/nurse passionate about canine rehabilitation while at the same time calling attention to the need for more certified professionals in this field," said Cary Zimmerman, co-founder of Blue Dog Designs and creator of the Help 'Em Up® Harness - the first full-body lifting device for dogs with impaired mobility and strength.

Congratulations to Carly, and thank you to Blue Dog Designs for their support!


March 2019

CRI Graduate Dr. Leilani Alvarez Published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association

Congratulations to CRI graduate Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, on her recent publication "Effect of Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy on Canine Postoperative Hemilaminectomy: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial" in the March/April 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Read the abstract and more about the article.


February 2019

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

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 2019 “Help ‘Em Out” contest 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!

Blue Dog Designs and CRI Help 'Em Out 2019 contest flierCRI and Blue Dog Designs created the competition to help more veterinary technicians and nurses become certified in canine rehabilitation to meet the growing demand in the field. Due to the positive response to last year’s competition and strong interest in the field, the two are running the contest again.

The “Help ‘Em Out” contest is open now through April 15, 2019. Entrants will need to meet the prerequisites for CRI’s Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, and write a 400-500-word essay explaining why they are interested in canine rehabilitation and what they hope to accomplish in their career.

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.


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

May 2019
Kim Barrett, PT, CCRT
Erin Bukofsky, PT, DPT, CCRT
Bridget Dermott, DVM, CCRT
Nandita Fernandes, DVM, MPH, cVMA, CCRT
Karen Gregor, CVT, CCRVN
Jenna Hauck, DVM, CVA, CVMMP, CCRT
Jessica Inskeep, CVT, CCRVN
Laura Kupers, DVM, CCRT
Leah Murphy, RVT, CCRVN

April 2019
Annie Bartlett, CCRA
Patricia Laforte, DVM, CCRT
Sarah Leavell, DVM, CCRT
Brandy Madeiros, CVT, CCRVN
Emily Pong, CCRA
Kimi Ross, DVM, CCRT
Jennifer Rudnick, DVM, CCRT
Brenda Salinadi, DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRT
Hanlin Song, DVM, CCRT
Tasha Wilson, DVM, cVMA, CCRT

March 2019
Mary Adkins, CCRA
Nina Duflo, DVM, CCRT
Christiane Fischbach, DVM, CCRT
Katie Jones, DVM, CCRT
Katie Murphy, PT, DPT, CCRT
Abby Snyder, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Rachel Stephensen, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, CCRT
Martha Ussler, PT, CCRT
Jane Vilar, MSPT, DPT, OCS, CCRT
Kristin Zajaczkowski, DVM, CCRT

February 2019
Jennifer Bouthilet, DVM, MBA, CCRT
Michelle Congelosi, DVM, CCRT
Susan Cushing, CCRVN
Kelsey Drenker, CVT, CCRVN
Tracy Gebhard, DVM, CCRT
Kady Gowen, CVT, CCRVN
Amber Hopkins, DVM, cVMA, DACVAA, CCRT
Michael Hornberger, DVM, CCRT
Ashley Larter, RVT, CCRVN
Meghan Morales, PT, DPT, Cert DN, CEAS, CCRT
Jamie Novak, RVT, CCRVN
Erica Ronhovde, DVM, CCRT
Alicia Smith, VN, CCRVN
Jennifer Zaharek, PT, DPT, CCRT

January 2019
Faith Banks, DVM, CHPV, CCRT
Hyejeong Choi, CCRA
Allie Dunlop, DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRT
Maureen Hollinshead, DVM, CCRT
Jayne Howell, CCRA
Ah Young Kim, DVM, MS, CVA, CCRT
Katherine Patrick, DPT, CCRT
Estefania Romo, MZV, CCRT

December 2018
Twyla Angelos, DVM, CCRT
Chen Berger, DVM, CCRT
Ailien Britt, DVM, CCRT
Brittney Huntimer, DPT, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT, CCRT
Mathias Kuhn, DVM, CCRT
Kourtney McCarthy, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Stephanie Sheen, DVM, CCRT
Rebecca Waller, RVN, CCRVN

November 2018
Shawna Carmo, RVT, CCRVN
Tracie East, PT, DPT, WCC, CCRT
Hannah Gallagher, PT, DPT, CCRT
Valerie Gielen, DVM, CCRT
Sara Lam, BVSc, CCRT
Cara McNamee, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Nicole Vogel, DVM, CCRT

October 2018
Harry Brar, DVM, CCRT
Julie Cauwenberg, PT, CCRT
Yuko Eguchi-Coe, DVM, CVA, CVMMP, CCRT
Marc Geysen, DVM, CCRT
Sehaj Grewal, DVM, CCRT
Chandra Heider, DVM, CCRT
Raceeta MacKenzie, BSc, DVM, CAC, CVA, CCRT
Hannah Manderson, LVT, CCRVN
Tuomo Nyyssonon, DVM, CCRT
Senka Piri, BVSc, CCRT
Amanda Price, PT, DPT, MTC, CCRT

September 2018
Carmella Britt, DVM, CCRT
Wendy Byrd, DVM, CCRT
Nancy Frieze, DPT, CCRT
Leesa Gillies, DVM, MSc, CCRT
Kim Holzman, DVM, CVPP, CCRT
John Humbert, DC, CCRA
Andrea Klepzig, DVM, CCRT
Megan LeFave, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Ann Rubright, PT, CCRT
Pieter Vanacker, DVM, CCRT

August 2018
Hilke Braeckmans, PT, CCRT
Wolfgang Brolley, PT, CCRT
Jessica Dahlberg DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, CCRT
Clare Ellis, BVSc (Hons), CVA (IVAS), CCRT
Yuval Fishelson, DVM, CCRT
Yuet Foong, BVSc, BVMS, CVA, CCRT
Sommer Hall, MPT, CCRT
Ashley Holtz, CVT, CCRVN
Denise Kaufman, BS, CCRA
Stephanie Loomis, DVM, CCRT
Maryam Jajouei Moghaddam, DVM, CCRT
Samantha Scholten, MRCVS, CCRT
Tanya Sparling, DVM, CCRT
Nicola Steele, VN, CCRA

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

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