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Two new professional DVM members (including a CVMA member) and 1 new public member joined the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine on July 1, 2021. The new members were appointed by Governor Polis. The new professional members are: Lisa Jacobson, DVM of Berthoud, Colorado Desiree English, DVM of Aurora, Colorado (current CVMA member) The new public member is: Tatum Perez of Denver, Colorado The new members will serve a four year term on the state board. All of the new members' terms expire June 30, 2025. The State Board of Veterinary Medicine regulates and...

This article was contributed by the State Public Health Veterinarian's Office. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ So far in 2021, Yersinia pestis (the causative agent of plague) has been identified in the counties of Adams, Boulder, Huerfano, El Paso, La Plata, and San Miguel. The bacterium has been confirmed in fleas from prairie dog die-off areas, tree squirrels, domestic cats, and a mountain lion. There has also been a human plague death in La Plata County. Clinical presentations of the four infected cats: ● Cat One: Fever (104°F), initial presentation with a superficial axillary wound (unknown if truly...

CVMA member Ann Brandenburg-Schroeder, DVM, passed away from ALS on June 28, 2021. Dr. Brandenburg-Schroeder was president of CVMA from 1993-1994 -- she was the association's first female president. Obituary Dr. Brandenburg-Schroeder, known to her friends as Anna, passed away at her home in Lakewood on her 73rd birthday, June 28, 2021. Ann was born at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, IA to Irma Catherine (Neppl) and Clements James Brandenburg. She was the second of nine children in the family. Dr. Brandenburg-Schroeder attended public school in Armstrong, IA, and high school at St....

The 2021 Colorado legislative session wrapped up on June 8, 2021. One of the most vital and impactful things CVMA does is track legislative activity and advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession in Colorado. Here's what veterinarians need to know about what happened during the 2021 legislative session. Socially conscious sheltering HB 1160 - Care of Dogs and Cats in Pet Animal Facilities (informally dubbed the "socially conscious sheltering" bill), was passed and signed into law by the governor on May 21, 2021. The bill specifies the standard of care that each...

Adopted by the CVMA Board of Directors May 27, 2021 The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association strongly opposes Ballot Initiative 16, also known as the PAUSE Initiative. Every veterinarian takes an oath to protect animal health and welfare, prevent and relieve animal suffering, promote public health, and advance medical knowledge. Initiative 16 threatens all those commitments. On behalf of CVMA’s 2,200+ veterinarian members and the hundreds of thousands of animals they care for, CVMA urges all veterinarians to stand up for animals and oppose this initiative. Ballot Initiative 16 is not in the...

In our Leadership Update column, CVMA leaders provide their perspectives on the veterinary profession in Colorado and the changing world around us. This column was written by Jackie Christakos, DVM, CVMA president 2020-2021. “Why should I be a CVMA member?”  I am asked this question frequently, and I relish the opportunity to bend the ear of our current and perspective members as to why I feel CVMA membership is critical for every Colorado veterinarian. I could provide a list of tailored, practical continuing education (CE) opportunities offered by CVMA, but many other associations also provide high...

CVMA member Larry Dean Krugman, DVM, passed away from COVID-19 complications on April 22, 2021. Dr. Krugman had been a steadfast CVMA member since 1974. Obituary Dr. Krugman was born on April 8, 1948 in O’Neill, Nebraska to Edwin and Sarah Krugman. Larry, 73, was never sick in his life until he passed away on April 22, 2021 from the Covid respiratory virus. He was raised in O’Neill being the oldest of five children. He attended O’Neill High School where he played all sports and studied to be a Veterinarian. He graduated...

CVMA congratulates CVMA member Dr. Maggie Baldwin on being named state veterinarian for Colorado! Dr. Baldwin is the first-ever female state veterinarian in Colorado. She was named 2020 Veterinarian of the Year by CVMA in recognition of her tireless effort, unparalleled enthusiasm, and outstanding service to the veterinary profession and the entire state of Colorado throughout a difficult year in her role as the assistant state veterinarian.    On April 26, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) announced Dr. Baldwin had been named state veterinarian. In the role, Dr. Baldwin will manage CDA’s...

When the whole veterinary team has the education they need, everyone wins! CVMA is pleased to recognize all of our certified veterinary assistants (CVA). These veterinary assistants have completed the education required and gained the experience needed to earn certification as certified veterinary medical personnel. The CVA program is a learn-on-the job vocational training experience that covers the basic fundamentals of veterinary medicine and animal care and handling. The CVA program offers three levels, each level advancing and fine-tuning the skills of veterinary assistants. Originally developed by the Texas VMA and...

Originally published: December 21, 2020 | Last updated: April 2, 2021 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Can veterinary professionals in Colorado get the COVID-19 vaccine? As of April 2, 2021, all Coloradans ages 16+ are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of occupation. Click here to view more detail on the state's website. Can I stop doing curbside once my staff and I are vaccinated? AVMA and CDC are encouraging continued social distancing and mask-wearing even after individuals receive the vaccine. When possible, veterinarians and their teams should continue curbside care to continue protecting their staff, clients, and community. Where...

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