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Perhaps CVMA's most critical role within Colorado is to monitor state and regulatory issues of importance to veterinarians and the practice of veterinary medicine in Colorado. Through active, engaged relationship-building, CVMA works to represent the voice of veterinarians throughout Colorado on key issues. In our Legislative Update column, we provide updates on CVMA's activities and efforts with key stakeholders throughout the state. CVMA's vital advocacy work is made possible thanks to the dues of 2,400 members throughout Colorado. Not a member? Join us in our mission to protect and advance veterinary...

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 Stacee Santi, DVM, CVMA president 2019-2020. With summer wrapping up and more than halfway through 2020, we are in the midst of the final stages of the pandemic: Acceptance. It reminds me of the stages of grief: Denial, blame, anger, then acceptance. It brings a new perspective of clarity and confirmation that business, life and the world is fragile and can be disrupted with something...

The following was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office on August 12, 2020. Click here to sign up to receive immediate updates from the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a 3-month-old ram in El Paso county with neurologic signs tested positive for rabies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) laboratory.  This is the third case of rabies in domestic livestock in Colorado in 2020; a bull in Pueblo county and a goat in Yuma county were...

The following is an update from AVMA regarding COVID legislation. Congress has hit a standstill on bipartisan negotiations for the fourth coronavirus relief package, being referred to as C4. Over the weekend, President Trump responded to the stalemate by issuing a series of executive orders to respond to COVID-19. The series of executive orders provide for the deferment of payroll taxes until the end of the year for individuals making less than $104,000 annually; extend the federal unemployment insurance weekly benefit at $400 of which the states are required to contribute  25%...

The following was released by the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office on July 31, 2020. The 2020 VSV outbreak began on April 13, 2020, when the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa confirmed the first VSV-positive premises in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas subsequently broke with VSV cases which were confirmed by NVSL on April 22, 2020 (Cochise County, Arizona), April 23, 2020 (Starr County, Texas), June 16, 2020 (Butler County, Kansas), June 24, 2020 (Buffalo County, Nebraska), July 7, 2020 (Washington...

This is a paid sponsored article from GVL. When it comes to traveling out of the U.S. with pets, veterinarians are challenged with helping their clients understand the various requirements for the destination country. Each country has its own unique rules and regulations around animals, and it’s time consuming to research what those include. “There are unique risks with international pet movement that present challenges for veterinarians,” says Dr. Brenda Flaming, practicing veterinarian in Ames, Iowa. “The last thing we want is for our clients to get stuck in customs with their...

Did you know CVMA members can score discounts on GVL products? As a Member Discount Provider, GVL offers CVMA members exclusive discounts that help practices keep money where it belongs: In the practice. GVL provides an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform for easy digital animal health records for all species, including Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs or health certificates), Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) “Coggins” Tests, Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs) and more. Veterinarians can save time, reduce errors and compliance issues, retain client information and records in a searchable account, and can provide clients...

Get the latest information on telemedicine and how it can help you and your patients during COVID-19. What are the Colorado requirements currently for telemedicine during COVID-19? In Executive Order D 2020 020 issued on April 1 (click here to read), Governor Polis temporarily suspended C.R.S. § 12-315-104(19)(b) that requires a VCPR be established by physically seeing and examining an animal. This means that a veterinarian can establish a VCPR using virtual or digital methods (telemedicine). When does this order expire? This executive order has been extended through July 27 (click...

On April 6, Governor Polis issued Executive Order 2020 029 to amend and extend the temporary suspension of certain regulatory statues due to COVID-19. Click here to read the governor's full order. How does this order impact veterinarians? The order temporarily suspends a provision in C.R.S. § 12-315-112(1)(y) that creates a basis for discipline against a licensed veterinarian for distributing a prescription drug outside of a VCPR. This permits a licensed veterinarian to donate or sell to the State of Colorado or any licensed healthcare facility in Colorado any currently unneeded...

With stay-at-home orders being relaxed and businesses starting to reopen, veterinarians may wonder how the changes will affect them. Here’s what veterinarians need to know about this stage of Colorado's COVID-19 response. What does the “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors” period mean? The “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors” period in Colorado means that Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses (including veterinary practices) are permitted to remain open and non-critical businesses...

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