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This is a paid sponsored article from Elanco. By B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD, CertVA, DSAS (ST), DECVS, DACVS, FRCVS, Comparative Pain Research and Education Center, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine There is a need for a logical, comprehensive staging tool for canine osteoarthritis (OA). Canine OA is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs. However, the lack of a standardized system for staging OA has contributed to delayed diagnosis and inconsistent approaches to patient evaluation and monitoring. These delays and inconsistent approaches to patient evaluation...

A historic wildfire year in Colorado is impacting animals and veterinary practitioners across the state, especially in Northern Colorado. CVMA has compiled a list of resources for veterinarians impacted by the Cameron Peak, CalWood, Lefthand Canyon, Williams Fork, and East Troublesome fires. Note: As information is changing rapidly, some of the information listed below may be outdated.  Support for veterinarians AVMF grants for veterinarians: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/disaster-preparedness  CVMA is coordinating support with AVMA for CVMA veterinarians who experience damage to their practice or homes, or who are assisting animals that have been impacted. Please contact CVMA...

As of October 15, animals from almost every state in the U.S. have been tested for SARS-CoV-2, according to an update shared with veterinary organizations by the CDC COVID-19 One Health Working Group on October 20. The top 5 states currently testing animals for SARS-CoV-2 are: Texas Pennsylvania California New York Georgia Routine testing of animals for SARS-CoV-2 is still not recommended by the CDC. Of the 1,523 animals tested in the U.S., 710 have been dogs and 506 have been cats. Dogs and cats represent 80% of animals tested. Only 5% (74)...

The Colorado Veterinary Practice Act, 12.315 C.R.S. will undergo a a sunset review in 2021. CVMA has established a Practice Act Review Task Force to study the practice act and offer input as to how and if the act should be revised. The practice act, which governs the practice of veterinary medicine in Colorado, was last reviewed in 2010. The Office of Policy, Research, and Regulatory Reform in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regularly performs sunset and sunrise reviews of a variety of entities across the state. [caption id="attachment_790" align="alignright"...

The following was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office on October 9, 2020. Click here to sign up to receive immediate updates from the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of Brucellosis RB-51 strain in a cow on a raw milk dairy in Larimer County. The owner of the dairy submitted milk samples to CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for routine Somatic Cell Count (SCC) testing. The SCC count from one cow was elevated; culture was completed and Brucella spp. was isolated. The...

The following message was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the State Veterinarian's Office on October 9, 2020. 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. This federally funded loan repayment program is separate from the state funded program recently created...

In a unanimous decision, the CVMA Board of Directors voted October 8 in support of Denver ballot measure 2J that would repeal a 30-year-old citywide ban on pit bulls. The question on the November 3, 2020 ballot will read: Shall the voters for the City and County of Denver adopt an ordinance authorizing the city to grant a provisional permit to owners or keepers of a pit bull, provided the owner microchips the animal and complies with additional requirements set by Denver Animal Protection? CVMA supported a similar proposal that came before...

The CVMA Board of Directors agreed to comment on newly proposed FDA guidance on compounding animal drugs from bulk drug substances. CVMA joins AVMA in weighing in on the new compounding guidance. AVMA's formal comments were sent to FDA on October 8 and were based on input from AVMA members, volunteers, state and allied veterinary groups, and other stakeholders. CVMA's board reviewed and discussed a summary of AVMA's extensive analysis of FDA Guidance for Industry #256 Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances. If finalized, the guidance would advise veterinarians on...

It’s that time of year. Pumpkin spice lattes are finding their way into the clinic, paws are bringing crunchy fall leaves in through the door, and veterinarians across Colorado are getting ready to renew their licenses. To help ease some of the stress associated with license renewal, we’ve compiled some FAQs to help you through the process. I have a question about my license – can CVMA help with that? While we love to be as helpful as we can, unfortunately CVMA does not manage Colorado veterinary licenses and is unable to help...

The following was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office on September 30, 2020. Click here to sign up to receive immediate updates from the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office. A horse residing in Jefferson County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus; this is Colorado's first confirmed equine WNV case in 2020. Vaccines in horses have proven to be a very effective prevention tool for West Nile Virus. Horses that have been vaccinated in past years need an annual booster. If an owner did not vaccinate the animal in previous years,...

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