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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 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 of...

The 2022 Colorado Veterinary Practice Act (HB22-1235) was signed by Governor Polis on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. This means the updated Veterinary Practice Act will go 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? (Note: these will go into effect on August 10, 2022) Continues the veterinary practice act for 11 more years until 2033. Establishes title protection regulation of veterinary technicians (this amendment was proposed jointly by CVMA and CACVT), which goes into effect January...

Congratulations to the following CVMA members for their new positions on the CVMA Board of Directors for 2022-2023! The nominees were put forth by the CVMA Nominating Committee in late April; no other candidates were put forth by CVMA members during the petition period, and the candidates are now declared winners of the election. The nominees will be formally installed and officially transition into their new roles at the CVMA Convention Awards Ceremony on September 30, 2022. Kelly Walsh, DVM | President-elect  A true Colorado native, Dr. Kelly Walsh earned her Bachelor of...

CVMA member and Power of 10 alumni, Debbie Bodmer, DVM, passed away on May 2, 2022. Obituary We are heartbroken to announce the death of Deborah Donohue Bodmer on May 2, 2022, at age 59, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Debbie was an exceptional soul, who was an inexhaustible fount of much of the family knowledge and stories, which she’d gladly share over a coffee after baking all night for company. She held every relationship as important, making sure that all felt a deep sense of belonging. She was a beacon...

On to the Governor! On Thursday, May 5, the Veterinary Practice Act (HB 22-1235) Sunset Continue Regulation of Veterinary Practice, passed the third reading in the Colorado Senate, and began the last leg of its journey by moving to the Governor for signature. Three highly respected, thoughtful, and dedicated legislators have been working with CVMA to guide HB22-1235 through the 2022 legislative session. We invite Colorado veterinarians to extend warm thanks to these elected leaders. CVMA is very appreciative for the House of Representatives leadership of our prime sponsors Rep. Karen McCormick,...

CVMA and CACVT have been working on the Sunset Review of the veterinary practice act and the Sunrise Review for veterinary technicians since mid-2019. For roughly two years, meetings, briefings, conversations, coordination, testimony, and follow-up work on the veterinary practice act have occupied the leaders, members, and staff of both organizations. The end of the legislative session is near -- where do things stand now? Colorado’s 2022 Legislative Session began on January 12, 2022 and will end on May 11, 2022 – 120 days! The session is 93% complete — just 7%...

The CVMA Nominating Committee has nominated the candidates below for roles on the CVMA Board of Directors for 2022-2023. In accordance with the CVMA Bylaws, the CVMA membership may put forth a candidate by petition with the signature of 2.5% of the voting DVM membership (or 40 members) within 14 days of this notice. If no alternative candidates are advanced by the petition process, CVMA Bylaws call for the CVMA secretary/treasurer to declare as winners the candidates identified by the Nominating Committee, and no election will be held. To put forth...

Compounding drugs is a critical tool for veterinarians, including compounding from bulk drug substances. While drugs compounded from bulk substances are considered to be unapproved, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine recognizes that veterinarians need these compounded drugs. On April 13, 2022, the agency published final guidance describing the conditions or situations under which the FDA does not intend to take enforcement action against entities compounding animal drugs from bulk drug substances. FDA has indicated that it will focus on education and stakeholder engagement before shifting resources...

When it comes to growing the next generation of veterinary leaders in Colorado, CVMA's Power of 10 Leadership Academy program is working hard to help Colorado veterinarians become impactful leaders. CVMA has supported the Power of 10 Leadership Academy for 10 years. The academy spans a full year, running from September of each year until the September of the following year. The program selects 10 veterinarians who join a network of peers in a series of year-long learning experiences. Participants develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. Interested in joining Power...

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