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The rendering industry is asking for veterinarians' help in euthanization of livestock. The FDA has determined that pentobarbital is a hazard in ingredients fed to pets and other animals and that animals euthanized with pentobarbital cannot be rendered to make food for pets, poultry, and livestock. The FDA has a zero tolerance for pentobarbital in animal food. For euthanized livestock or other large animals to be rendered, non-chemical forms of euthanisia must be used per the FDA. Using pentobarbital for animal euthanasia is a problem because a renderer cannot distinguish animals...

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently shared this information with CVMA: On November 25, the FDA sent warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling various products containing cannabidiol. Violations cited in those letters include marketing unapproved new human and animal drugs, selling CBD products as dietary supplements, and adding CBD to human and animal foods. FDA has issued a press release describing their findings and concerns, available here. The letters may be accessed from that release and also directly from this page here. Of interest, is that one of the products included...

Do you know someone who has given unselfishly to the profession in Colorado? Someone who has made an impact in the field and deserves to be recognized? Nominate them for a CVMA Service Award for 2020! CVMA is seeking nominations in the following two categories: Veterinarian of the Year to recognize a distinguished member of the CVMA who has contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine in Colorado in the areas of organization, education, research, practice, or regulatory service (such service must be performed during the three calendar years immediately preceding...

Are you on Facebook? Join our members-only CVMA Facebook group! What is a closed Facebook group? A closed Facebook group is a private, invitation-only community on Facebook. Closed groups are designed to be used by communities of people with similar interests so they can share ideas, exchange information, and ask questions in a private setting. A closed group is different from a regular Facebook page as it is not open to the public and other members of Facebook; only members of the group can post in the group and see what is...

The veterinary community in Colorado would not be what it is without the commitment and service of veterinary professionals who go above and beyond to advance the profession and give back to the veterinary community. CVMA leadership and convention attendees were pleased to recognize the accomplishments and service of three notable veterinarians during CVMA Convention 2019 in Keystone, Colorado. Jon Geller, DVM 2019 Veterinarian of the Year  While it’s often easier to see clients within the comfort of an exam room, Dr. Jon Geller takes his veterinary practice to the streets. Dr. Geller...

AVMA representative Dr. Melanie Marsden installed the 2020 CVMA Board of Directors during the Member Appreciation Luncheon at CVMA Convention 2019. The 2020 board of directors includes: Dr. Stacee Santi, President Dr. Jackie Christakos, President-elect Dr. Ashley Ackley, Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Steven Dick, Secretary/Treasurer-elect Dr. Will French, Immediate Past President Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, AVMA Delegate Dr. Curtis Crawford, AVMA Alternate Delegate   See photos and contact information for the CVMA Board of Directors. The CVMA membership also welcomed Dr. Steven Dick as a new director to the Board of Directors. Dr. Dick presently serves as...

For eight years, CVMA has supported a very exciting initiative, the Power of 10 | Doctors Leadership Academy and for two years the Power of 10 | Practice Managers Leadership Academy, which have helped aspiring veterinary doctors and practice managers enrich their competency in leadership, communications, and business. CVMA Convention 2019 marked the culmination of the Power of 10 journey for both the 2019 doctor and practice manager groups. Congratulations, distinguished Power of 10 participants! Power of 10 | Doctors Class of 2019: Justine Barone, DVM, MBA Karen Chandler, DVM, MPH ...

In a unanimous move, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Board of Directors approved a position statement supporting the socially conscious animal community movement and opposing the no-kill movement in animal welfare. Read the full position statement below. CVMA Position Statement on the Socially Conscious Animal Community and No-Kill Movements in Animal Welfare Adopted by the CVMA Board of Directors April 7, 2019 The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) strongly supports the socially conscious animal sheltering movement and opposes the no-kill movement in animal welfare. The socially conscious animal community movement strives to create the...

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