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.
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),
"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."
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 2013 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.
Canine Sports Medicine and
online from Wiley, the publisher.
"Animal Rehabilitation at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates," Fox
September 17, 2013—Channel
5 Fox News reporter Holly Morris spent a morning visiting VCA Veterinary
Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland, to report on animal rehabilitation.
"Physical therapy helps man's best friend," The
Washington Post 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,
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!
"Pet Owners Opting for Alternative Treatments," CBS
May 2, 2013—CRI
graduate Leilani Alvarez, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM, spoke to CBS News
for a story about alternative treatments for animals, including aquatic
therapy and acupuncture.
"When you insert this little stainless steel needle,
there's a variety of functions inside the body — release of natural hormones
and neurotransmitters that have a healing effect," Dr. Alravez said.
Dr. Alvarez is head of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness
Service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Watch
the video ...
"Naki'o, First 'Bionic' Dog To Receive Four
Prosthetics After Losing Paws To Frostbite," MedicalDaily.com
April 30, 2013—A dog who lost his four paws to frostbite has been
given a new life with prosthetic paws. Naki'o was rescued as
a pup after his owners abandoned him in a foreclosed house in Nebraska.
Veterinary assistant Christie Pace from Colorado
Springs adopted Naki'o at 8 weeks and organized a fundraiser with
the help of OrthoPets, a Denver-based company that specializes in veterinary
orthotics and prosthetics.
"Pet Acupuncture: Treating Animals With Human Therapies," ABC
February 7, 2013—ABC
News interviewed CRI
graduate Leilani Alvarez, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM, for its story about
acupuncture treatment for animals. "Acupuncture
works primarily with the central nervous system, so there really isn't
an equivalent conventional medicine to stimulate the nerves that had
been damaged in the way that acupuncture can," said
Dr. Alvarez, who is head of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness
Service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Watch
the video ...
Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation
Class Poses for Group Photo
January 2013—The CRI team poses with students from
the January Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class. Thank you
to classmate Dr. Gaby Mateos-Trigos of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico for the
"At work with ... Jenna Steinkamp," Quincy Herald-Whig
January 30, 2013—CRI graduate
Jenna Steinkamp, CVT, CCRA, was featured in the January 20 issue of
In the article, Jenna explained her work as an
animal rehabilitation therapist at the Klingele Veterinary Clinic in
"The ability to aid in the relief of an animal's
pain and encouraging earlier return to independent function is the best
part of my job," Jenna said.
Klingele Vet Clinic owner Joanne
Klingele, DVM, RN, CVLF, CCRT, is also a graduate of CRI.
January 30, 2013—Kudos
to 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.
"Working Like Dogs," the cover story of the January/February issue of The
Pennsylvania Gazette, featured the new Penn Vet Working Dog Center and Otto's vision of breeding and training the country's top detection dogs. Once trained, detection dogs perform tasks such as searching for missing people, hunting for bombs, and checking for drugs.
"This place is truly one-of-a-kind," Cindy said. "It will be the flagship of knowledge - knowledge about the dogs, knowledge for the dogs, knowledge that feeds back to the dogs. The information we can generate is going to be invaluable not only to our program, but for any other program."
"Treatment Options for Canine Cruciate Ligament Disease
(CCLD)," Veterinary Practice News
January 28, 2013—Five Colorado State University colleagues, including
CRI faculty member
Foster, MSPT, CCRT, co-authored an article for Veterinary
Practice News to respond to a large volume of questions that arose
from an earlier article about canine
cruciate ligament surgery.
"The goal of this follow-up article is to address some of the questions
raised and to provide the reader with an outline of the decision process
that is currently utilized at Colorado State University when evaluating
available treatment options for CCLD," the article stated.
The article's authors were Felix Duerr, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, DECVS, DACVSMR
(and a CRI graduate); Foster; Clara Goh, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA; Ross Palmer,
DVM, MS, DACVS; and Narda Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA.
Colorado State University Announces World's First Long-term
Study of Golden Retrievers Likely to Tell Scientists More about Cancer
and Health in People
15, 2013—Dr. Rodney Page (at right, with Winston), director of the Flint
Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, and a team at the Denver-based
Morris Animal Foundation are embarking on a groundbreaking long-term study
of golden retrievers to help prevent cancers and other diseases in dogs, and
hopefully people as well.
The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will span 10 to 15 years.
According to Colorado State Unversity, this is the largest and
longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs,
and is the most significant project ever conducted in veterinary
To join the study, golden retrievers must be healthy, younger than 2
years old and have a proven three-generation pedigree. Pet owners must
agree to regular visits with their veterinarian and to complete online
questionnaires about lifestyle, diet, reproductive history, environment,
exercise, medications and other health concerns throughout the dog’s
The goal is to enroll 3,000 dogs over the next two years. About 500 dogs
are currently enrolled or in the process of completing enrollment requirements.
CRI Class Brings Together Students from 10 Countries
December 2012—In addition to sessions on treatment
plans and biomechanics, our December Canine Rehabilitation Therapist course
included a brief lesson on how to say "good morning" in eight
languages. The class included students from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the
Czech Republic, India, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the
United States, who all posted greetings in their home languages on a white
board in the classroom.
CRI also recently
enrolled its 1,300th student! We are thrilled to reach this milestone
and have our students sharing their canine rehabilitation knowledge around
Jobs: Dog acupuncture and massages," CNNMoney.com
November 29, 2012—As part
of its series on "Best
interviews CRI graduate Leilani Alvarez, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM. Dr. Alravez
is head of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness
Service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.