Blue Dog Designs and Canine Rehabilitation Institute Announce 2019 Winner of the Help ‘Em Out Contest

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The Contest Helps Veterinary Technicians/Nurses Pursuing a Career in Canine Rehabilitation

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Help Em Out 2019 Contest winner Carly Arbitman

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 Arbitman, winner of the 2019 Help Em Out contest

Denver-based Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help ‘Em Up® Harness, in partnership with Florida-based Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Help ‘Em Out Contest, Carly Arbitman from New York City. Arbitman is a lead veterinary technician at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners of New York. Previously, Arbitman practiced for nearly five years with Dr. Bonnie Brown, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist at Gotham Veterinary Center/Canine Rehab of New York. Arbitman will receive free tuition to CRI’s Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, a $2,900.00 course, one of the three 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 Arbitman. “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 who has supported me along the way, and I 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 Arbitman 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 May 1. 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. Arbitman will attend the course this September in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

“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.

About Canine Rehabilitation Institute
Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) is the premier provider of education in canine rehabilitation. Students learn state-of-the-art rehabilitation techniques and get valuable hands-on experience working with dogs in the classroom. CRI’s internationally recognized faculty members have extensive backgrounds in clinical practice, business management, and higher education. CRI has certified more than 1,400 students since it was founded in 2003, including veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians/nurses from over 30 countries. For more information on Canine Rehabilitation Institute visit

About Blue Dog Designs
Blue Dog Designs was launched in 2008 with the invention of the Help ‘Em Up™ Harness, the first full-body lifting device for dogs with impaired mobility and strength. When dogs have difficulty moving because of muscle weakness, neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions, injuries, or surgical repairs, the Help ‘Em Up® Harness provides them with the extra help up they need to live active and healthy lives. For more information on Blue Dog Designs and the Help ‘Em Up® Harness visit

Editor’s Note: Digital photo of Help ‘Em Out Contest Winner Carly Arbitman with dogs Lily and Sophie is attached.

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