Veterinary technician regulation in Colorado…what does it mean for your team?

Veterinary technician regulation in Colorado…what does it mean for your team?

Governor Polis’ office signed into law House Bill 22-1235 this week, the revised Veterinary Practice Act that includes regulation of veterinary technicians. CVMA and the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians (CACVT) have worked jointly since late 2020 to provide for regulation of veterinary technicians as part of the Sunset Review of the veterinary practice act. To read a full summary of the changes included in the sunset review of the Veterinary Practice Act, click here.

What does this mean for technicians and veterinary practices?

The most important joint goal for regulation of veterinary technicians has been to retain everyone now working as a veterinary technician in Colorado and to provide inclusive opportunities for regulation. To read more about the goals of technician regulation in Colorado, please read this article.

First, veterinary technicians will have title protection. This means that only those who are registered with the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as a veterinary technician can use the title veterinary technician.

Second, technicians who are not interested in registration can certainly continue to do the job. There is no task restriction for anyone, so they will be able to continue working in their current roles but will not be able to use the title Veterinary Technician.

When does the new law take effect?

As of January 1, 2023, the State Board of Veterinary Medicine (SBVM) will begin governing the practice of veterinary technicians. The details of the registration process will be created by DORA during the rulemaking process in the fall of 2022. In addition, two registered veterinary technicians will be appointed by the governor to serve on the SBVM in 2023 along with the already-serving five veterinarians and two public members that comprise the board.

How do technicians become registered?

Details of the registration process will be defined by DORA during state board rulemaking in fall of 2022. The following broad requirements are now in law and are shown in the chart below. CVMA, together with CACVT, will continue to monitor the developments around veterinary technician regulation.

Why CVMA’s advocacy work is important

One of the most essential and impactful services that CVMA provides on behalf of members is advocating on behalf of Colorado’s veterinary profession in before various legislative and regulatory groups. This work is empowered by the strength of 2,600+ CVMA members standing alongside us, and it is funded exclusively by your annual membership dues. Your commitment to CVMA means that we can effectively work at many levels to protect you, your practice, and the veterinary profession in Colorado. We consistently ensure that legislators know how proposed bills can help or hurt your livelihood, veterinary medicine, and animal health and welfare. No one else will do this work for the Colorado veterinary profession. This effort requires continual attention and action and it can only be accomplished when we come together as a single, unified voice. Together, we protect veterinary medicine.

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