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The Colorado Department of Agriculture will hold a public rulemaking hearing at 10:30 a.m. on March 17 regarding dairy tuberculosis accreditation rule changes. The purpose of the rulemaking is to remove the requirement that Colorado dairies be accredited tuberculosis-free and to allow for voluntary accreditation. Any interested party may file written comment with the commissioner’s office prior to the hearing, or present at the aforementioned hearing written data, views or arguments. Emailed comments should be sent to the hearing officer at Jenifer.Gurr@state.co.us. A copy of the proposed rule with the revisions is available...

Tracking Veterinary Rules is one of the key advocacy activities CVMA performs on behalf of members and the profession in Colorado. In keeping with this mission, CVMA testified in support of changes to the Veterinary Rules and Regulations at the State Board of Veterinary Medicine permanent rulemaking hearing on February 11, 2021. The hearing was held to gather input on changes made to the veterinary rules following a review by the Office of Legislative Legal Services, and was the last step in a year-long process of a mandatory review of the...

A bill being introduced during the 2021 Colorado legislative session will lead the nation in creating the best, safest, and most humane outcomes for animals across Colorado. The bill, informally dubbed the "Socially Conscious Sheltering" bill, was introduced in the state legislature in 2020 but fell off the legislative radar when the pandemic hit. It is set to be reintroduced in the legislature for the 2021 session the first week in March. CVMA has signed on in support of the bill along with other organizations including many Colorado animal shelters including...

Originally published: December 21, 2020 | Last updated: February 26, 2021 What is CVMA doing to advocate for veterinary professionals in terms of getting a vaccine? Since November 2020, CVMA has been tracking information about the state's vaccine prioritization plan and has been sharing updates with CVMA members via email and on the CVMA website throughout that time. On January 13, CVMA developed a letter for its members stating that veterinary professionals should be considered in Phase 1B vaccine prioritization. Based on published CDC guidance from January 2021, CVMA believes that veterinary professionals should...

The following was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office on February 25, 2021. Click here to sign up to receive immediate updates from the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office. Colleagues, In March of 1995, after working in private veterinary practice for 14 years, I began the second part of my career journey with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). I have had the best veterinary working opportunities anyone could have. I have worked at a veterinary practice on St Martin, an island in the Caribbean, in practices in beautiful Monte Vista,...

The Colorado legislative session reconvened February 16, and CVMA is closely monitoring potential legislation that would impact animals or veterinary medicine in Colorado. HB21-1102, Consumer Protection for Dog and Cat Purchasers, concerns requirements of pet stores that sell dogs or cats. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 16. The bill creates the "Pet Store Consumer Protection Act," which prohibits a pet store that was not licensed by the commissioner of agriculture prior to the effective date of the bill from selling or offering to sell dogs or...

The following was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office on February 2, 2021. Click here to sign up to receive immediate updates from the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office. The Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Public Health and Environment have confirmed that a mule residing in Eagle County has tested positive for bat variant rabies. This is the first case of rabies in domestic livestock in Colorado this year and the first case of rabies in an equine in Colorado since 2013. The spillover of bat variant rabies into domestic animals...

During a member town hall on January 25, CVMA shared a preview of key legislative issues to watch in Colorado during the Colorado General Session. (Did you miss the town hall? The recording is available to watch here!) CVMA also hosted an informational presentation during the event from the Dumb Friends League about Socially Conscious Animal Communities, an important bill that will be introduced in the legislature in February. The bill would amend the PACFA Act and would set minimum standards for the treatment of dogs and cats in shelters and rescues. The...

The Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine has announced a permanent rulemaking hearing on February 11, 2021. Tracking Veterinary Rules is one of the key advocacy activities CVMA performs on behalf of members and the profession in Colorado. What’s it about? This final rulemaking is the last step in a year-long process of a mandatory review of the Colorado Veterinary Rules that began in February 2020. The rules have been thoroughly reviewed and reorganized. CVMA represented the interests and concerns of Colorado veterinarians at each step in the process, and worked to...

Over 170 people interested in animal issues in Colorado came together on Thursday, January 21 for the first CLAW Caucus of the 2021 Colorado legislative session. The CLAW Caucus, or Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus, meets four times each year during Colorado's legislative session. The caucus meets to discuss and explore current issues impacting animals in the state of Colorado, often including presentations by key groups from around the state. CLAW includes state legislators who are interested in issues that impact animals; members of the public (including veterinary professionals) are also...

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