This page was last updated on November 20, 2020. During this unprecedented public health crisis, CVMA is working hard to fulfill our organizational mission of protecting animal and human health and welfare. Our goal is to keep you updated with the information you need to protect your health, the health of your families and practice team, and the health of your patients and clients. Check this page to see how COVID-19 is impacting veterinary professionals in Colorado.

To do our part in helping to protect public health, CVMA staff will be working remotely until further notice. We’d love to hear from you and stay connected during this challenging time. Email: | Text/call: 303-318-0447

Timeline: Legal and regulatory updates

Listed below are the latest active executive orders and public health orders relating to COVID-19 and veterinary practices in Colorado.

Guidance for elective veterinary surgeries

What kinds of surgeries are currently permitted by the state and local public health authorities? What should you keep in mind when assessing whether you can or should do a certain surgery? Read our FAQs on what Public Health Order 20-29 means for veterinarians.

Veterinary practices as essential businesses

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has defined veterinary care and livestock services as an essential or critical business. Read our FAQs to see what constitutes an “essential business.” 


Can you use telemedicine to see new or existing patients? Do you need to have an in-person VCPR established first prior to using virtual or digital appointment methods? Visit our telemedicine FAQs page for more information.

SARS-CoV-2 in animals

On April 22, the CDC announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York. At this time, there is no information available to suggest that pets might infect people with coronavirus. Read our FAQs about SARS-Co-V2 in animals.

Transfer of prescription drugs

Under Executive Order D 2020 029, veterinarians are permitted to donate or sell to the State of Colorado or any licensed healthcare facility in Colorado any currently unneeded prescription drugs that the licensed veterinarian has in the practice. Click here to read our FAQs about prescription drugs.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

While it is not always advisable to reuse most personal protective equipment (PPE), under extreme circumstances in limited circumstances, some PPE may be reused as a strategy for conservation. Read recommendations from the AVMA based on information from the FDA and CDC. 

COVID-19 exposure: What to do if your practice is exposed

Keeping your staff, clients, patients, and self safe during COVID-19 is crucial. CVMA has gathered a robust collection of tips and resources for minimizing exposure in your practice. Click to read our tips and FAQs for minimizing COVID-19 exposure.

Economic support for veterinary businesses and employees

Without a doubt, COVID-19 has impacted many veterinary businesses and their employees. Read more about what support is available to businesses and employees.

CVMA member benefits and resources

Many of CVMA’s regular offerings to members can help ease some of the stress and pain associated with COVID-19. Click here to read more about how CVMA’s resources can help you and your practice.

Wellbeing resources

It’s important to take care of your physical wellbeing during a crisis…but it’s also equally important to focus on mental health. The wellbeing of Colorado’s veterinary professionals is crucial to our veterinary community. Make sure you are taking care of yourself during this difficult time. Get more tips on how to maintain your mental health.

Other updates and resources

See below for additional updates on COVID-19 and available resources.