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On January 13, all Colorado veterinary licensees received an email from DORA regarding new emergency rules for various health care professions. Click here to read the emergency rules from DORA. How do these rules impact veterinarians? Veterinarians and a number of other licensed health care professionals have temporarily been permitted to expand their scope of practice in order to administer COVID-19 vaccinations pursuant to the governor's Executive Order D 2021 008. The emergency rules developed by DORA will temporarily permit certain licensed health care professionals including veterinarians to deliver the COVID-19...

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 Jackie Christakos, DVM, CVMA president 2020-2021. My friends and colleagues–we made it to 2021. Congratulations! What a crazy ride 2020 turned out to be, many weeks feeling like the next level of real-life Jumanji for veterinarians. The ever-present worry of keeping ourselves and our staff safe, an increase in need for patient care, and minimal vacation time for most of us has been exhausting to say the...

Updated 4/30/21 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? C.R.S. § 12-315-104(19)(b) requires a VCPR be established by physically seeing and examining an animal. During the height of the pandemic, there was an executive order suspending the requirement for an in-person VCPR -- this order expired April 26, 2021 and was not renewed. This means that veterinarians must establish a VCPR in person prior to utilizing any telehealth technologies. What are the...

This is a paid sponsored article from Canine Biologics. Having a dog with cancer creates many challenges. Struggling to pay for nutrition for canine cancer patients should not be one of them. It has been a difficult year for many pet parents and like you, we are doing our part to help. For a limited time, Canine Biologics is offering up to 40% OFF of its three-part Integrated Nutrition System to support dogs fighting CANCER. The COVID-19 relief rate will be locked in for the duration of subscription plans. One-time purchases, such...

CVMA was pleased to recognize its 2020 award winners and 50-year awardees during the annual CVMA membership meeting held December 6. Thank you to all of our exceptional members for your outstanding work and service to the veterinary community -- cheers to you! Veterinarian of the Year: Maggie Baldwin, DVM CVMA recognizes Dr. Maggie Baldwin for her tireless effort, unparalleled enthusiasm, and outstanding service to the veterinary profession and the entire state of Colorado throughout this difficult year in her role as the Assistant State Veterinarian. Dr. Baldwin has played a key...

CVMA has supported the Power of 10 | Doctors Leadership Academy for eight years, and the Power of 10 | Practice Managers Leadership Academy for three years. This year, the CVMA Power of 10 classes faced the unprecedented challenges of completing their curriculum and maintaining their connections with one another, despite the COVID pandemic. While every class is special, CVMA recognizes the exceptional fortitude of this class due to the challenges they've faced during Power of 10. Interested in joining Power of 10? Applications for the 2021-2022 Power of 10 | Doctors...

AVMA President Dr. Douglas Kratt conducted a ceremonial installation of officers for CVMA's 2020-2021 Board of Directors during a virtual CVMA membership meeting on December 6, 2020. Historically, CVMA's officers assume their positions during the membership meeting held during the annual CVMA convention. With this year being different with no in-person convention in September, CVMA's new officers officially took their new roles during a virtual board meeting on October 8. The December 6 installation of officers was a ceremonial celebration rather than an official transfer of role and responsibility. Looking to get...

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...

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