16 Mar CVMA COVID-19 Resource Center
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
- This page was last updated at 9:06 p.m. MDT on April 2.
- Click here to see the latest count of COVID-19 cases in Colorado on the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) website.
Timeline: Legal and regulatory updates
See the latest executive orders and public health orders relating to COVID-19 in Colorado.
- 4/1 — Executive order temporarily suspending state VCPR requirements (D 2020 020): 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). This executive order is in effect for 30 days from April 1. Click here to read our telemedicine FAQs.
- 3/25 — Statewide stay at home executive order (D 2020 017): Governor Polis issued a statewide stay at home order that orders Coloradans to stay at home. Some exceptions are permitted, including for employees of essential businesses such as veterinary care or livestock services. The order went into effect March 26. Click here to read the order.
- 3/24 — DORA request for PPE and critical supply inventory: DORA sent an email request to veterinary practices asking them to complete an inventory of available PPE and ventilators in the event of a shortage at human hospitals. Practices are asked to keep only the bare minimum amount of supply to conduct essential or life-saving functions, and to contribute the remainder to the state’s COVID-19 response. Small quantities (1-25 boxes of PPE on average) are to be donated directly to local public health departments or hospitals; practices with more than 25 boxes of PPE or large pieces of equipment such as anesthesia machines or ventilators are asked to complete an online inventory survey. Click here to read more about how you should respond to this request.
- 3/23 — Shelter in place order for city and county of Denver: Denver Mayor Hancock issued a shelter in place order for city and county of Denver. This order exempts veterinary professionals as critical businesses. Click here to read the order.
- 3/22 — CDPHE public health order (PHO 20-24): Defines “veterinary care and livestock services” as “critical businesses” that are exempt from a mandate to reduce in-person workforce by 50%. For veterinary professionals, this means veterinary care can continue as-is with the addition of social distancing and no non-essential surgeries and procedures. Click here to read the order.
- 3/19 — Executive order (D 2020 009) prohibiting non-essential surgeries and procedures: Temporarily suspends elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment like personal protective equipment and ventilators. Click here to read our FAQs on non-essential surgeries and elective procedures.
Non-essential surgeries and elective procedures (Executive Order D 2020 009)
Governor Polis signed executive order D 2020 009 on March 19 temporarily suspending elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment, like personal protective equipment, ventilators, and respirators needed to combat COVID-19. This includes all voluntary or elective surgeries or procedures, whether medical, dental, or veterinary. A voluntary or elective surgery or procedure means the surgery can be delayed without risk to the current or future health of the patient. Read our FAQs on non-essential surgeries and elective procedures.
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.
Veterinary practices as essential businesses (Public Health Order 20-24)
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order on March 22 defining essential businesses. The order was amended after Governor Polis’s executive “stay at home” order on March 25 to direct everyone except for those engaged in essential businesses to stay at home. Veterinary practices and livestock services are designated as essential businesses and are permitted to continue operating. Read our FAQs about this public health order to see what businesses are permitted to continue operating during the stay at home order.
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.
Telemedicine (Executive Order D 2020 020)
In Executive Order D 2020 020 issued on April 1 (click here to read), Governor Polis temporarily suspended 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 executive order is in effect through April 30. The FDA and DEA have also relaxed certain requirements during COVID-19. Visit our telemedicine FAQs page for more information.
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.
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
- X-ray machine certification: The CDPHE announced March 17 it would exercise regulatory flexibility and provide an extension to the requirements for select radiation machine and facility certification evaluations as a measure to help prevent transmission of COVID-19. For those radiation machines and facilities that require an initial certification evaluation within 90 days of use as per Section 126.96.36.199 the department is providing an additional 90 days for the completion of the initial evaluation. Please note, the requirements of 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 still remain in force and an evaluation of those machines prior to being used to perform any human examination is still required. Radiation machines and facilities that are due for a certification evaluation, as per Section 2.5 of the Regulations, during the months of March, April, May and June of 2020 shall be granted a 6 month extension to complete that evaluation. Contact the X-ray Certification Unit with questions at 303.692.3448 or via email at [email protected].
- Rabies testing: The CDPHE is asking veterinarians to send all rabies tests to the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing instead of to CDPHE.
- Additional resources
- For animal shelters
- For mobile and house call veterinarians
- For pet owners
CVMA resources for members
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. For the month of April only, CVMA is offering employers a 90-day listing for the price of a 30-day job posting. 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.
- 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.
CVMA office status
- 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: [email protected]
- 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)
CVMA events status
- CVMA Chapter 6 West Area Luncheon on April 10 — Cancelled
- CVMA Power of 10 Communications Workshop on April 17 — This event will be postponed until July 2020.
- CVMA Professional Development Series on cannabis on April 29 — We’re going digital! This event will be presented digitally and will offer 4 hours of CE to veterinary professionals. Learn more and register at colovma.org/pds.