Advocacy & Legislation Center

Learn about the latest updates in advocacy and legislative affairs. One of the most vital and impactful things CVMA does is advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession in Colorado. Without the strength of our 2,300+ members behind us, and without your annual membership dues, we cannot effectively work under the golden dome to protect you, your practice, and the veterinary profession in Colorado. We fight to make sure legislators know how proposed bills can help or hurt your livelihood, veterinary medicine, and animal health and welfare. This is no easy task and no one person alone could hope to achieve what we can accomplish when we come together as a single voice. Together, we can protect medically sound veterinary care. Read on to see how we have been working to advance veterinary medicine in Colorado.

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CVMA’s Advocacy Goal

Ensure that laws affecting veterinary medicine honor and protect the health of animals as well as the interests of their owners, and that the laws advance the competence, professional integrity, judgment, and wellbeing of the veterinary workforce into the future.

Active Legislation

The 2024 Colorado Legislative session opened January 10, 2024 and closed May 9, 2024. CVMA pledges to keep members updated on the latest news and changes through eVOICE, our app, and on the blog. As always, CVMA will actively monitor and engage with legislation that have the potential to impact the veterinary or animal welfare communities.

For full bill descriptions, actions, and status of all legislation CVMA follows, click the initiative or bill name below.

  • Proponents are gathering [120,000+] signatures needed for this initiative to appear on November’s ballot.
  • April 18, 2024: Supreme court has approved ballot initiative for circulation. Actions of the Title Board have been affirmed.
  • March 12, 2024: Petition format approved. Pending Supreme Court action.
  • February 21, 2024: Re-hearing by the Ballot Title Setting Board will be held at 9:00am.
  • February 14, 2024: A motion for re-hearing by the Ballot Title Setting Board has been submitted.
  • February 7, 2024: Hearing by the Ballot Title Setting Board was held. Single subject approved; staff draft amended; titles set.
  • January 11, 2024: Initiative #144: Veterinary Telehealth was filed by a coalition of animal welfare groups, including the Dumb Friends League and the ASPCA. The CVMA Board of Directors and Advocacy Commission is closely monitoring this ballot initiative. 
  • Proponents are gathering [120,000+] signatures needed for this initiative to appear on November’s ballot.
  • April 18, 2024: Supreme court has approved ballot initiative for circulation. Actions of the Title Board have been affirmed.
  • March 12, 2024: Petition format approved. Pending Supreme Court action, approved for circulation.
  • February 21, 2024: Re-hearing by the Ballot Title Setting Board will be held at 9:00am.
  • February 14, 2024: A motion for re-hearing by the Ballot Title Setting Board has been submitted.
  • February 7, 2024: Hearing by the Ballot Title Setting Board was held. Single subject approved; staff draft amended; titles set.
  • January 11, 2024: Initiative #145: Establish Qualifications and Registration for Veterinary Professional Associate was filed by a coalition of animal welfare groups, including the Dumb Friends League and the ASPCA. The CVMA Board of Directors and Advocacy Commission is closely monitoring this ballot initiative. 

Passed Legislation

  • May 6, 2024: House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments, and Senate Considered House Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass
  • May 5, 2024: House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor
  • May 2, 2024: House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
  • April 29, 2024: House Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
  • April 24, 2024: Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments, Introduced In House – Assigned to Health & Human Services
  • April 23, 2024: Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor
  • April 19, 2024: Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
  • February 27, 2024: SB24-047 Prevention of Substance Use Disorders will be reviewed by the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Finances.
  • February 8, 2024: SB24-047 Prevention of Substance Use Disorders amended was referred finance for the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.
  • January 12, 2024: SB24-047 Prevention of Substance Use Disorders was introduced to the Senate – Assigned to Health & Human Services Committee.
  • April 26, 2024: Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments. Signed by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. Sent to the Governor
  • March 18, 2024: House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
  • February 28, 2024: HB24-1231 State Funding for Higher Education Project scheduled to be heard by the House – Health & Human Services Committee
  • February 12, 2024: HB24-1231 State Funding for Higher Education Projects was introduced to the House – Assigned to Health & Human Services + Finance.

Inactive Legislation

CVMA Bill Tracker

The 2024 Colorado legislative session kicked off on January 10, 2024. As always, CVMA will actively monitor and engage with bills that have the potential to impact the veterinary or animal welfare communities.

For full bill descriptions, actions, and status of all the bills CVMA follows, see the information posted above.

This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Regulatory and Legislative Resources

Here is a list of additional regulatory and legislative resources related to veterinary medicine in Colorado. Note: CVMA does not have regulatory authority in Colorado, and does not manage veterinary licensure.

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