Every regulated profession in Colorado has a practice act that establishes a regulatory body that oversees the process by which professionals are licensed or regulated. The Colorado Veterinary Practice Act can be changed two ways: 1. At any time during the regular annual legislative session by lawmakers. 2. Once every approximately 10-15 years during a scheduled sunset review process.
As a critical stakeholder in the review of the Colorado Veterinary Practice Act, CVMA has invested over 500 staff and volunteer hours analyzing the practice act and collaborating with other key stakeholders.
HB 22-1235 is the bill that addresses the renewal of the Colorado Veterinary Practice Act. The bill was introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives in January 2022 and has moved through the legislative process, where it now awaits to be signed by Govorner Polis. News about the bill can be viewed in the “Latest Updates” section listed below.
Current status: The 2022 Sunset Review of the Veterinary Practice Act moved passed its final milestone of being signed into law by Governor Polis! It will go into effect on August 10, 2022.