VIN Consultants and Editors

Focus: Rehab/Sports Med/Chronic Pain

Associate Editor

Kara Amstutz

Kara Amstutz

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) Physical Rehabilitation, 2023

Honors Awards and Fellowships

  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, 2019
  • International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, 2014
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) Physical Rehabilitation, 2013


  • Residency in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation , 2022
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science, Southwest Missouri State University, 1996

Current Professional Activities

  • CEO and Instructor at Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI)
  • CEO of Canine Arthritis Resources & Education (CARE)
  • Rehabilitation and Pain Practitioner at River Canine Rehabilitation
  • VIN consultant


  • Pain Management, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Biologic Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Neurology

Marital Status

  • Married to my high school sweetheart and partner in life, Dwight


  • Kayleigh, Kamryn, Dawson, Drew - all amazing and wonderful in their own unique way!
  • Nutmeg (best Frenchie in all the land) and Jasper (rock finder extraordinaire)


  • Being outdoors: on the river, hiking, camping, hanging out with friends around a fire
  • Traveling

Favorite Quote

  • "If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito."
    -- Betty Reese

What I Love Most About VIN

  • Learning new things and collaboration with others.

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