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The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on March 31, 2022.  After the US Department of Agriculture confirmed detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds in Sedgwick County last week, Colorado’s state veterinarian advised issuing an emergency rule suspending all poultry shows, including meets, sales, swaps, and competitions. The state’s Agricultural Commission approved this emergency rule on March 30. The rule takes effect immediately and will last for 90 days, unless renewed or ended at an earlier date by vote of the Agricultural Commission...

Veterinary license renewals are coming fall 2022, and CVMA is here to help you prepare! Take the stress out of your 2022 license renewal; check out our tips below for what you can do NOW to prepare for your upcoming renewal.   1. Make plans to receive the required CE on substance use training. Based on legislation passed in 2019, the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine is now requiring all opioid-prescribing veterinarians in Colorado to complete CE on four topics related to substance use prevention (including best practices for opioid prescribing, according...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on March 25, 2022.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in wild Snow and Ross's geese in Sedgwick County, Colorado.  These birds were collected by Colorado Parks and Wildlife on March 17, 2022 after finding several sick and dead geese at Jumbo Reservoir. The birds were necropsied...

Update as of 4/29/22: HB 22-1235 passed the the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, April 27. Update as of 4/14/22: HB 22-1235 passed the third reading of the House of Representatives on Monday, April 11. Update as of 3/18/22: HB 22-1235 passed the House Finance Committee on Thursday, March 17. Original article published Friday, March 11. HB 22-1235 (the renewal of the the Colorado Veterinary Practice Act), successfully passed another milestone following a committee hearing at the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Water Committee on Monday, March 7. CVMA and its team of veterinary witnesses represented CVMA during...

Looking for a way to get more involved with veterinary medicine in Colorado? The Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine is accepting applications for a professional member term that will begin July 1, 2022. This board member must be a veterinarian and will join six other members on the state veterinary medicine board. Interested in learning more and applying? Email Program Director Karen Phelan at dora_veterinarymedicineboard@state.co.us to apply....

CVMA life member Edward Umlauf, DVM, passed away in December 2021. A memorial service was held February 19. Obituary Edward Louis Umlauf, DVM, 74, of Windsor, Colorado passed peacefully on Christmas Eve with family at his side. Dr. Umlauf, affectionately known as “Dr. Ed” grew up in a German pocket of Pennsylvania to Lieutenant Colonel Harry “Jake” Umlauf, MD and his mother Beatrice “Bea” Umlauf.  A precocious and curious boy who attained fast verbal and motor skills that paid off both in the formative years, and later in life through study and dedication in...

On Friday, January 28, CVMA distributed a survey via email to its membership base to ask about their sentiments toward the concept of a veterinary professional associate (VPA). This document reports on the 440 survey responses received from CVMA’s survey distribution. Click here to read CVMA's position statement on the veterinary professional associate proposal. Demographics The following charts represent demographic information about the survey respondents.       Survey snapshot The following represents the high-level responses to the four quantitative questions posed in the survey.           Survey verbatim responses CVMA also provided an open-ended comment field for respondents to submit comments....

CVMA Position Statement on the Veterinary Professional Associate (Mid-Level Practitioner) Proposal Adopted by the CVMA Board of Directors February 17, 2022 The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) strongly opposes the addition of a veterinary professional associate (VPA) or mid-level practitioner to the Colorado Veterinary Practice Act at this time due to unresolved questions. CVMA recognizes that due to a combination of longstanding trends in addition to pressures resulting from the COVID pandemic, there is a shortage of veterinary services available in Colorado and across the country. CVMA understands that the introduction of a veterinary...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on February 10, 2022.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana.  This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States since 2020.  In January 2022, USDA confirmed the detection of HPAI in wild birds in South Carolina and has published all detections of HPAI in wild birds on this...

The Colorado Veterinary Practice Act is one step closer to being continued until 2033 following a report made to the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Water Committee at the state capitol. CVMA President Ashley Ackley, DVM, Practice Act Task Force Chair Michelle Larsen, DVM, CVMA lobbyist Leo Boyle, and CVMA CEO Diane Matt represented CVMA during the committee hearing on Monday, January 31. Representative Karen McCormick, DVM, chair of the committee and CVMA member, led the introduction of the draft bill during the committee process. The draft bill with amendments was moved forward...

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