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This page was last updated on 11/30/23. Over the past several months, CVMA has received many phone calls and emails from veterinarians seeking guidance on the canine respiratory disease outbreak in Colorado and across the nation. CVMA, CSU, and state veterinary officials are aware of the University of New Hampshire's recent pathogen findings in the outbreak; as mentioned in the UNH press release, they are unsure of the significance of this finding at this time, or if that is the causative agent in this widespread outbreak. Colorado State University has continued to test...

The following message was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on November 17, 2023. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on how the agencies will collaborate to manage the reintroduction of gray wolves and work to prevent wildlife and livestock conflicts. The MOU directs the agencies to work together to create and share information and prevention strategies and work to ensure that agriculture producers and landowners have the appropriate support through the process. The MOU also includes specific...

A state of Colorado program that helps pay off student loan debt for veterinarians who practice in under-served areas was expanded by the legislature this spring with additional funding and participant seats. Applications are being accepted through December 31, 2023. Applicants can apply online here. The Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program (VELRP) was signed into law in 2017 and provided up to $70,000 to pay off student loan debt to veterinarians who agreed to serve in a rural, underserved area of the state for up to four years. Funding was provided to two veterinarians,...

Selling your veterinary practice through an asset sale can be a lucrative endeavor, but it demands a structured approach for a seamless transaction. This guide outlines the essential steps involved in the process, from initial valuation to the final closure. Step 1: Valuation of your veterinary practice Before embarking on an asset sale, you must establish the fair market value of your practice. Consider factors such as revenue, profitability, client base, and location. Hiring a professional appraiser with expertise in the veterinary industry is crucial for an accurate assessment. Step 2: Identify potential...

Colorado’s veterinary community recognized and celebrated the Class of 2023 Power of 10 Leadership Academy participants during an awards ceremony held at the CVMA West conference in Durango this fall. CVMA’s Power of 10 program is designed to help Colorado veterinarians become impactful leaders. The academy spans a full year, starting with an “Initial Gathering” weekend leadership retreat each October, and culminating with a celebration in September of the following year. The program selects 10 CVMA member veterinarians who join a network of peers in a series of year-long learning experiences....

More than 1,000 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and other rescued exotic animals live on more than 33,000 acres of land within Colorado and Texas. They live in large acreage habitats at The Wild Animal Sanctuary, which is now the world’s largest network of captive wildlife refuges. These amazing creatures, along with historically free ranging mustangs, have a wonderful new life after being saved from terrible situations within the United States and around the world. The non-profit organization operates four unique facilities in two different states, with each facility having its own...

As of January 1, 2024, Colorado will no longer be distributing paper CVI booklets (for large or small animals). Veterinarians will be allowed to finish out the paper booklets they currently have. However, all veterinarians are encouraged to switch over to digital applications for creating CVIs. Accepted formats are VET-CVI, Global Vet Link, VSPS, and VetSentry. Additionally, Adobe is dropping support for the eCVI. An exact date for the change has not been released, but Adobe has indicated it is likely to happen sometime in 2023. Veterinarians who are currently using...

The State Veterinarian's Office is soliciting input to assist in identifying rural areas in Colorado facing veterinarian shortages. Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) awardees commit to providing at least three years of food animal veterinary services in a designated veterinary shortage area in return for payments of up to $25,000 of student loan debt per year with a maximum of $75,000 for a three-year contract. Click here to learn more about the VMLRP and other veterinary loan repayment programs. Your input will help the State Veterinarian's Office establish which areas of...

The following message was distributed by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office on October 18, 2023. The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed a new case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a backyard flock in Weld County, Colorado. The flock experienced a high mortality event, losing 20 of 24 chickens in the flock, after exposure to sick and dying wild geese on the premises. The remaining birds in the flock were euthanized. “We had a much-needed reprieve of HPAI detections in the country from this spring to...

CVMA proudly recognizes its student members who recently advanced to the semi-finals in a national contest at the AABP/AASRP Convention. Nine CSU-CVMA students recently attended the 56th Annual National AABP/AASRP (American Association of Bovine Practitioners/American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners) Convention held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These students practiced year-round to compete in the AABP Quiz Bowl Contest, where they went head-to-head with 28 other teams from veterinary schools across the country. Both CSU AABP Quiz Bowl teams advanced and competed in the semi-finals; CSU was the only veterinary program to have two teams in the semi-finals. Each...

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