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The following message was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the State Veterinarian’s Office on October 13, 2021. CVMA is sharing the message on behalf of the State Veterinarian’s Office. Dear colleagues, The USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA), helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. We are soliciting your input to assist in identifying areas in Colorado with the highest priority,...

CVMA welcomed Ashley Ackley, DVM, to the helm of CVMA as president during a CVMA Board of Directors meeting on September 23. A Colorado native , Dr. Ackley will be formally installed in her new role during the annual member meeting on December 5. Dr. Ackley is a proud CSU Ram through-and-through; she holds undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary degrees from CSU. Dr. Ackley currently practices at Animal Urgent Care in Arvada, where emergency medicine is her passion. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture and Fear Free. In her free time, you can...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on October 6, 2021.  Medgene Labs, Brookings, SD, has been granted permission by the Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) to sell an experimental Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV2) vaccine under emergency use authorization. The Medgene product is an inactivated (killed) recombinant subunit vaccine that builds immunity to RHDV2 specific antigenic proteins in the rabbit. The vaccine is administered as a subcutaneous injection and is a 2-dose regimen, with the booster dose being delivered 21 days following. The Colorado State...

Colorado veterinarians may be aware of a law passed in 2019 that required all controlled substances in Colorado to be prescribed through e-scribe after July 1, 2021. Several veterinarians have reached out to CVMA asking if this new Colorado law applies to them. The short answer: No. Colorado Senate Bill 19-079 was passed in 2019 (read this summary on the Colorado General Assembly website for more information). It required that health care practitioners with prescribing authority to prescribe schedule II, II, or IV controlled substances only via a prescription that is electronically transmitted to a...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on September 20, 2021. The total number of horses in Colorado with confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) cases has risen to 21, with a first case of equine WNV confirmed in Mesa County. Additional horses in Weld, Larimer, Morgan, and Douglas counties have also tested positive for WNV. Of the confirmed positive cases, five horses have died or have been euthanized. “The West Nile Virus vaccine has proven to be safe and effective in preventing disease. Horse owners should work with...

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has named CVMA member Morgan McCarty, DVM as the Assistant State Veterinarian for the state of Colorado. In the role, Dr. McCarty will focus on disease response activities, overall management of division activities, and supporting Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Maggie Baldwin and the mission of the Animal Health Division. “We are excited to have Dr. McCarty on board as the new Assistant State Veterinarian for Colorado," said State Veterinarian Maggie Baldwin. "She brings a breadth of experience as a private practicing veterinarian and livestock producer from the...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on September 2, 2021. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Since the index case of the equine West Nile Virus (WNV) was identified in Colorado on July 30, 2021, horses from multiple Colorado counties have tested positive for WNV. Four additional horses in Weld County, three horses in Adams County, two horses in Boulder County and one horse each in Elbert, Otero, Morgan, and Fremont counties have tested positive for WNV. This brings the total test positive cases in 2021 to fourteen. “With more than a dozen...

Congratulations to the following CVMA members for their new positions on the CVMA Board of Directors for 2021-2022! The nominees were put forth by the CVMA Nominating Committee in early August; 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 officially transition into their new roles at the CVMA Board of Directors meeting on September 23, and will be formally installed at the annual member meeting on December 5, 2021.   Steve Dick, DVM | President-elect  Dr....

An African swine fever outbreak in hogs just off the U.S. coast in the Dominican Republic has U.S. officials escalating efforts to make sure the virus does not reach the U.S. pork industry. ASF has been circulating in Asia and parts of Europe for the past several years. This detection of ASF in the Dominican Republic marks the first detection in the Western hemisphere in nearly 40 years. ASF is not a threat to human health, cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans, and it is not a food safety issue. The...

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