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This column was written by Curtis Crawford, DVM, CVMA board member and AVMA alternate delegate. Five years ago, our local rodeo chose to honor a hero. The Sky-Hi Stampede prides itself on not only being the “Oldest Pro Rodeo in Colorado” but also on recognizing community members that give of themselves to better our world. Colorado Army National Guard Staff Sargent DJ Enderle was a recruiter stationed in Alamosa and had been on a day-hike climbing Mount Blanca, a “fourteener” on the east side of the San Luis Valley. He was...

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from people to pets can occur in householders with people who have COVID-19, according to preliminary data shared by a CDC One Health Household Transmission Investigation. The results were shared with veterinary organizations on November 17, 2020 during the CDC One Health Working Group meeting. The investigation systematically evaluated pets residing in 34 households with laboratory-confirmed human COVID-19 cases in two states, Utah and Wisconsin. The investigation sampled 56 pets, 37 of which were dogs and 19 of which were cats. The CDC deployed two veterinary field teams...

Applications are currently being accepted by the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions for numerous state advisory roles, including for upcoming positions on the Colorado Agricultural Commission. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, with a target application date of December 7, 2020. The Colorado Agricultural Commission is comprised of nine members who are currently, or were previously, actively engaged in the business of agriculture and associated activities. Representation is needed from all areas of the state (see agricultural district information below) and a balance of political parties. Key duties...

Many of CVMA’s regular offerings to members can help ease some of the stress and pain associated with COVID-19. Read below how CVMA’s resources can help you and your practice. Career Center: Find a job, post a job all in the CVMA Career Center. Job-seekers can post their resume for free; employers enjoy members-only discounts on job postings. Learn more. Relief listings: Looking to hire relief support? Looking to offer your services as a relief veterinarian? CVMA members receive FREE 30-day relief listings on the CVMA website. Learn more. Discounts on services: Save money...

It’s important to take care of your physical wellbeing during a crisis…but it’s also equally important to focus on mental health. The wellbeing of Colorado’s veterinary professionals is crucial to our veterinary community. Make sure you are taking care of yourself during this difficult time. You’re not alone: Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential professional support 24/7. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255. How to deal with isolation and social distancing: Whether you consider yourself extraverted or introverted, humans are social beings, and the current social climate can be difficult for...

On April 22, the CDC announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York. Since that time, animals from almost every state in the U.S. have been tested for SARS-CoV-2, according to the CDC. What is SARS-CoV-2? SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Human patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. While much is currently unknown about this organism,...

Here’s what veterinarians need to know about current restrictions on elective surgeries during Colorado's COVID-19 response. Are veterinarians permitted to do elective surgeries and procedures? Yes, elective surgeries and procedures are permitted with the stipulations outlined in this FAQ document per Public Health Order 20 29, which was originally issued April 27 and extended multiple times -- this Public Health Order currently expires December 13.  What does this order say about PPE requirements? Facilities must have adequate access to PPE supplies in order to sustain safe PPE use for its workforce...

This is a paid sponsored article from Canine Biologics. Do you deliver cancer diagnoses? Do pet parents ask what they should feed their dog with cancer? There is now a great answer to that question! Canine Biologics offers a first-of-its-kind nutrition system formulated by PhD veterinarians who specialize in oncology, tumor immunology, nutrition and cancer diets. To receive a Free Starter Kit of our Integrated Nutrition System (retail value $99), be among the first 50 CVMA members to make a request so you can try it with one of your own patients. Request a FREE Starter...

A veterinarian will join the ranks of Colorado legislators for the 2021 legislative session. Karen McCormick, DVM, was elected as state representative for Colorado House District 11 during the 2020 election. The CVMA Board of Directors endorsed Dr. McCormick earlier in 2020. CVMA is looking forward to having a veterinarian in the Colorado State Legislature who can represent the profession knowledgeably and advocate for animal health and the practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. McCormick (D) is a veterinarian, small business owner, and mom. She is passionate about Colorado and working for policies that...

Pill bulls will be allowed in the city and county of Denver with a Breed-Restricted Permit beginning January 1, 2021 following a voter-approved ballot measure. The vote has not been certified, but the Ballot Measure 2J had more than 65 percent of voters approving it, according to the city's elections division. The Denver City Council voted to repeal the city's breed ban in February, but that was vetoed by Denver Mayor Hancock. CVMA actively supported the legislative changes proposed this past spring and testified in support of the changes alongside the Dumb Friends League and...

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