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The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on August 12, 2022.  A three year old gelding residing in Weld County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) and is now recovering. The horse developed neurological symptoms in late July, including weakness, stumbling and poor muscle control. The gelding’s vaccine status is unknown. This is Colorado’s first confirmed equine WNV case in 2022. The first human case of WNV this year was confirmed in Delta County on July 29, 2022 with four additional human cases confirmed, one in...

By Curtis Crawford, DVM | Colorado Delegate AVMA House of Delegates and Pete Hellyer, DVM, MS, DACVA | Colorado Alternate Delegate AVMA House of Delegates The summer 2022 AVMA House of Delegates met in person at Philadelphia this past week just prior to the start of the 2022 AVMA Convention. The past two summer meetings had been virtual (2020) and a hybrid virtual/in person conference last year because of COVID.  It was great to be back together in person and the enthusiasm was palpable! I’m sure our upcoming CVMA Convention in...

By Curtis Crawford, DVM | CVMA Past President  Times have changed since I was a teenager. The innocence of my upbringing was brought to light this past spring when I went out to one of my favorite ranches to fertility test their bull battery. As I pulled into the corral, I was greeted by the regular group of hands as they ambled over to check out the fresh pastries I often bring whenever I come out for herd work. These guys were 60 miles from the nearest donut shop and appreciated a...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on July 1, 2022.  The Colorado State Veterinarian’s office has confirmed a case of anthrax in a beef cattle herd in Sedgwick County. The case was confirmed at the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on July 23, 2022 after the producer had seven acute deaths in the herd. A second positive case in a nearby beef herd was confirmed positive on Tuesday July 26, 2022. These are the first confirmed cases of anthrax in cattle in Colorado since 2012. Anthrax can occur...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on July 1, 2022.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian’s Office was recently notified of an equine neurologic case in Weld county. The State Veterinarian’s Office has been collaborating with the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Colorado Horse Park, and private practicing veterinarians involved in the case. The horse was on site for an event at the Colorado Horse Park from June 22 until June 25, 2022 before returning to its home in Weld County. Two...

In our Profiles in Veterinary Medicine column, CVMA President Ashley Ackley, DVM profiles a well-loved CVMA member who has made a lasting impact on countless veterinarians in Colorado.  By Ashley Ackley, DVM (CVMA President 2021-2022) Do you ever think about who inspires you in your veterinary career? Is there someone out there that reminds you of the “why” behind your professional choices? If you’ve ever met Dr. Randa Macmillan, you remember her infectious smile and her laugh, which carries through any room. Randa is one of the most enthusiastic people you will ever meet, especially...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on June 21, 2022.  The Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office has received confirmation that a horse in Pueblo County tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Samples from the horse initially tested positive at the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on June 2, 2022. A second sample was collected and the EIA-positive results were confirmed by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory on June 14, 2022. The horse had been moved to the Pueblo county premises two weeks prior and was...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on June 24, 2022.  On June 22, 2022, the Colorado Agricultural Commission met to discuss an Emergency Rule on poultry shows that is set to expire on June 30, 2022. The Commission approved the recommendation of the Commissioner of Agriculture and State Veterinarian to let the current rule expire without promulgating a follow-up emergency rule. On March 30, 2022, the Commissioner of Agriculture adopted the rule, which suspends all poultry shows, including meets, sales, swaps, and competitions, as a result...

Governor Polis’ office signed into law House Bill 22-1235 this week, the revised Veterinary Practice Act that includes regulation of veterinary technicians. CVMA and the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians (CACVT) have worked jointly since late 2020 to provide for regulation of veterinary technicians as part of the Sunset Review of the veterinary practice act. To read a full summary of the changes included in the sunset review of the Veterinary Practice Act, click here. What does this mean for technicians and veterinary practices? The most important joint goal for regulation...

Updated August 10, 2022 The 2022 Colorado Veterinary Practice Act (HB22-1235) was signed by Governor Polis on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. The updated Veterinary Practice Act went into effect on Wednesday, August 10 at 12:01 am. Read the full bill summary here. What are the changes to the Veterinary Practice Act? Colorado's new Veterinary Practice Act went into effect on August 10, 2022. There are portions of the act that will go into effect at a later date -- these portions are noted below. Continues the veterinary practice act for 11 more years...

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