COVID-19

CVMA is here for you. During this unprecented public health crisis, we are 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, as well as a status listing of upcoming CVMA events and how to get in touch with us.

The latest updates

See below for the latest updates.

  • This page was last updated at 10:30 a.m. MST on July 1.
  • Click here to see the latest count of COVID-19 cases in Colorado on the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) website.
  • Click here to read all of the statewide executive orders on the governor’s website.
  • Click here to read all of the statewide public health orders on the CDPHE website.
  • To do our part in helping to protect public health, CVMA staff will be working remotely until further notice.
    • There are lots of ways to get in touch with us! We’d love to hear from you and stay connected during this time.
      • Email: info@colovma.org
      • Text: 303-318-0447
      • Call: 303-318-0447 (we have limited ability to answer calls but please leave a voicemail and we will return your call if we miss you)

Timeline: Legal and regulatory updates

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

    • 6/30 — Extension of public health order regarding “Safer at Home” phase (Public Health Order 20-28): Outlines guidelines for “Safer at Home” COVID-19 response phase in Colorado; also defines veterinary services as critical businesses. Expires July 30. Click here to read the full order on the State of Colorado COVID-19 website.
    • 6/30 — Extension of public health order stating that workers in critical businesses wear masks (Public Health Order 20-31): Orders workers at critical businesses (veterinary practices are considered critical businesses) to wear medical or non-medical face coverings. Expires July 20. Click here to read the full order on the State of Colorado COVID-19 website.
    • 6/27 — Extension of executive order temporarily suspending state VCPR requirements (D 2020 116): Governor Polis issued an executive order temporarily suspending C.R.S. § 12-315-104(19)(b) that requires a VCPR be established by physically seeing and examining an animal. This means that a veterinarian can establish a VCPR using virtual or digital methods (telemedicine). Expires July 27. Click here to read our telemedicine FAQs.
    • 6/27 — Extension of executive order regarding transfer of prescription drugs (D 2020 118): This order temporarily suspends a provision that creates a basis for discipline against a licensed veterinarian for distributing a prescription drug outside of a VCPR. This permits a licensed veterinarian 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. Expires July 27. Click here to read our FAQs about prescription drugs.
    • 6/25 — Extension of public health order regarding veterinary facility operation and elective surgeries (Public Health Order 20-29): Outlines the criteria and guidelines for medical, dental, and veterinary procedures. Expires July 24. Click here to read our FAQs on Public Health Order 20-29.

Veterinary practices as essential businesses (Public Health Order 20-28)

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order defining essential or critical businesses. Veterinary practices and livestock services are designated as essential businesses. This order expires July 30. Read our FAQs to see what constitutes an “essential business.” 

Guidance for veterinary facilities and veterinary procedures under Public Health Order 20-29 and the Safer at Home phase

Businesses are reopening, and some practices may be getting some questions from clients about how “necessary” their COVID-related precautions are. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has extended Public Health Order 20-29 regarding veterinary facility operation and elective surgeries. This order includes requirements and recommendations designed to help veterinary practices protect their staff and clients and minimize COVID-19 transmission. This order expires July 24. Read our FAQs on what Public Health Order 20-29 means for veterinarians.

Telemedicine (Original order: Executive Order D 2020 020; Extended order: Executive Order D 2020 116)

This order temporarily suspends C.R.S. § 12-315-104(19)(b) that requires a VCPR be established by physically seeing and examining an animal. This means that a veterinarian can establish a VCPR using virtual or digital methods (telemedicine). This order expires July 27. The FDA and DEA have also relaxed certain requirements during COVID-19. Visit our telemedicine FAQs page for more information.

Transfer of prescription drugs (Original order: Executive Order D 2020 029; Extended order: Executive Order D 2020 118)

This order temporarily suspends a provision that creates a basis for discipline against a licensed veterinarian for distributing a prescription drug outside of a VCPR. This permits a licensed veterinarian 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. This order expires July 27. 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. 

Coronavirus in animals

On April 22, the CDC announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York. These are the first pets in the U.S. to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. 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.

Minimizing COVID-19 exposure in your practice

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.

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.

  • You’re not alone: Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential professional support 24/7. Call 1.844.493.8255 or text TALK to 38255.
  • How to deal with isolation and social distancing: Whether you consider yourself extraverted or introverted, humans are social beings, and the current social climate can be difficult for many of us. The good news is that humans are also inventive solution seekers. There are a variety of ways to stay connected to each other, such as live online exercise classes, FaceTime or Zoom calls, waving to neighbors on walks, and more. Many things are being offered online now, so you might have an opportunity to explore something that you might not have done otherwise. Get more ideas from the AVMA.
  • Managing uncertainty: Human beings like certainty. We are hard-wired to want to know what is happening when and to notice things that feel threatening to us.  When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed. Learn steps to respond to uncertain times.
  • Tips for managing anxiety and stress: Learning how to cope with stress will make you, your staff, patients, and clients stronger. Get tips from the CDC.

Other updates and resources

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

  • Many of CVMA’s regular offerings to members can help ease some of the stress and pain associated with COVID-19. Read below how CVMA’s resources can help you and your practice.
    • Career Center: Find a job, post a job all in the CVMA Career Center. Job-seekers can post their resume for free; employers enjoy members-only discounts on job postings. Learn more.
    • Relief listings: Looking to hire relief support? Looking to offer your services as a relief veterinarian? CVMA members receive FREE 30-day relief listings on the CVMA website. Learn more.
    • Discounts on services: Save money on credit card processing fees, scrubs and uniforms, and more with our Member Discount Program providers. Learn more.
    • Peer Assistance Services: Your wellbeing matters. Get confidential support for yourself, or for a colleague in the profession who may be experiencing physical, emotional, psychological, or substance use problems. Peer Assistance Services, Inc. (PAS) provides services to veterinarians who may be experiencing physical, emotional, psychological, or substance use problems. The Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine contracts with PAS and the program is funded by license fees. Learn more.
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