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The following was released by the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office on July 31, 2020. The 2020 VSV outbreak began on April 13, 2020, when the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa confirmed the first VSV-positive premises in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas subsequently broke with VSV cases which were confirmed by NVSL on April 22, 2020 (Cochise County, Arizona), April 23, 2020 (Starr County, Texas), June 16, 2020 (Butler County, Kansas), June 24, 2020 (Buffalo County, Nebraska), July 7, 2020 (Washington...

This is a paid sponsored article from GVL. When it comes to traveling out of the U.S. with pets, veterinarians are challenged with helping their clients understand the various requirements for the destination country. Each country has its own unique rules and regulations around animals, and it’s time consuming to research what those include. “There are unique risks with international pet movement that present challenges for veterinarians,” says Dr. Brenda Flaming, practicing veterinarian in Ames, Iowa. “The last thing we want is for our clients to get stuck in customs with their...

Did you know CVMA members can score discounts on GVL products? As a Member Discount Provider, GVL offers CVMA members exclusive discounts that help practices keep money where it belongs: In the practice. GVL provides an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform for easy digital animal health records for all species, including Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs or health certificates), Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) “Coggins” Tests, Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs) and more. Veterinarians can save time, reduce errors and compliance issues, retain client information and records in a searchable account, and can provide clients...

Get the latest information on telemedicine and how it can help you and your patients during COVID-19. What are the Colorado requirements currently for telemedicine during COVID-19? 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). When does this order expire? This executive order has been extended through July 27 (click...

On April 6, Governor Polis issued Executive Order 2020 029 to amend and extend the temporary suspension of certain regulatory statues due to COVID-19. Click here to read the governor's full order. How does this order impact veterinarians? The order temporarily suspends a provision in C.R.S. § 12-315-112(1)(y) that creates a basis for discipline against a licensed veterinarian for distributing a prescription drug outside of a VCPR. This permits a licensed veterinarian to donate or sell to the State of Colorado or any licensed healthcare facility in Colorado any currently unneeded...

With stay-at-home orders being relaxed and businesses starting to reopen, veterinarians may wonder how the changes will affect them. Here’s what veterinarians need to know about this stage of Colorado's COVID-19 response. What does the “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors” period mean? The “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors” period in Colorado means that Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses (including veterinary practices) are permitted to remain open and non-critical businesses...

[caption id="attachment_2143" align="alignright" width="207"] Clay Farrell, president of CVMA preferred provider TMGvets.[/caption] As veterinary practices explore ways to decrease contact and keep clients and staff safe, companies like CVMA preferred provider TMGvets are stepping in to help practices minimize contact in the practice by leveraging technological solutions. We sat down with Clay Farrell, president of TMGvets, and asked him how technology is helping practices thrive during COVID-19. What is the biggest change you’ve seen in veterinary practice since COVID-19 started? The biggest change we are seeing with veterinary practices is the interest in...

As summer temperatures continue to rise across the state, some veterinary practices are wondering how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission inside the practice while also keeping clients and patients out of hot cars in the parking lot. With the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment continuing to recommend veterinary practices maintain curbside services to minimize risk of virus transmission indoors, it's up to practices to get creative with other solutions that keep pets and people safe amid rising temperatures. Here are some tips CVMA has gathered to help...

Veterinary license renewals are coming fall 2020, and CVMA is here to help you prepare! Take the stress out of your 2020 license renewal; check out our tips below for what you can do NOW to prepare for your upcoming renewal.   1. Make plans to receive the newly required CE on substance use training. This is a brand new, important requirement for your 2020 Colorado license renewal. Based on legislation passed in 2019, the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine is now requiring all opioid-prescribing veterinarians in Colorado to complete CE...

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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