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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued Public Health Order 20-24 on March 22 defining essential businesses. The order was amended after Governor Polis's executive "stay at home" order on March 25 to direct all Colorado residents except for those engaged in essential businesses to stay at home. Read the full public health order. Are veterinary practices permitted to stay open under this order? Yes. This order defines veterinary practices and livestock services as "essential businesses." Do I have to keep my practice open if I feel unsafe...

Without a doubt, COVID-19 has impacted many veterinary businesses and their employees. Read more about what support is available to businesses and employees. For employers AND employees Tax Day is now July 15:  The IRS announced announced the federal income tax filing due date has been automatically extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15 to July 15 without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, corporations and other non-corporate tax...

Keeping your staff, clients, patients, and self safe during COVID-19 is crucial. Read below for best practices on how to minimize exposure in your practice. What recommendations does the state of Colorado have for minimizing exposure in my practice?  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is recommending veterinarians follow these guidelines (click here to read more). For all upcoming appointments, determine how you would classify pets as needing to be urgently seen, versus ones that need routine care or surgery that could possibly be delayed. If a client...

Get the latest information on telemedicine and how it can help you and your patients during COVID-19. Prior to COVID-19, what were the state requirements regarding telemedicine? Colorado's Veterinary Practice Act allows veterinarians to conduct telemedicine with patients they have an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with. In Colorado, a physical examination is required to establish a VCPR. Generally, this means that a veterinarian must first examine an animal in-person to establish a VCPR prior to conducting telemedicine. What are the Colorado requirements currently for telemedicine during COVID-19? In Executive Order D...

Many veterinarians may have received an email from DORA sent on behalf of Governor Polis asking about personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies throughout Colorado. This was directed by Governor Polis in his March 19 executive order (D 2020 009) ordering the cessation of non-essential surgeries and procedures. Click to read the message sent by DORA on behalf of Governor Polis. CVMA is supporting this effort by distributing this information to CVMA members. During this uncertain time, the veterinary profession will need to do its part. It is critical that veterinarians think strategically about...

The following are recommendations for re-use and conservation of personal protective equipment from the AVMA based on FDA and CDC information. Read the full information on the AVMA website. May disposable, single use PPE be re-used when supply levels are adequate (conventional capacity strategies)? Generally, no.  Most PPE is designed to be used only once by a single person prior to disposal. However, there are exceptions in limited situations identified by FDA, CDC, and OSHA which include gowns, surgical masks, N95 respirators, reusable face shields or goggles. Details for each are...

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. Additionally, veterinary practices will also be asked to complete an inventory of supplies including ventilators, PPE, and masks....

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...

The following message was shared with CVMA from Dr. Jennifer House, State Public Health Veterinarian: CDPHE Laboratory Services is temporarily diverting ALL rabies testing requests to the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (CSU VDL). All rabies laboratory staff are currently working on the COVID-19 response and are not available for rabies testing. At this time it is best to ship any specimens directly to CSU VDL to avoid unnecessary testing delays. Specimens that are misdirected to CDPHE or arrive on the courier will be forwarded to CSU VDL for testing...

Here at CVMA, we're dedicated to working on behalf of veterinary professionals in Colorado to protect and advance the practice of veterinary medicine. Part of that important mission is  translating current bills in the Colorado State Legislature to help veterinarians understand how legislation might impact veterinary medicine or animal welfare in Colorado. Check out our FAQs below on CO SB20-104 - Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents. FAQs: CO SB20-104 - Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents What is the background on this bill? This bill was introduced in the Colorado State...

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