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The Colorado State Veterinarian's Office distributed this message on April 13, 2020. On April 10, 2020, the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment was notified that a four-year-old bull cow, raised by bottle and hand fed in the Beulah area, tested positive for rabies. This is the first bull reported to have rabies in Pueblo County. Veterinarians play a key role in the essential components of rabies prevention and control, including public education and vaccination of pets and livestock. Veterinarians are encouraged to monitor rabies data from state and local public...

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued Public Health Order 20-24 on March 22 defining essential businesses. The order was amended after Governor Polis's executive "stay at home" order on March 25 to direct all Colorado residents except for those engaged in essential businesses to stay at home. Read the full public health order. Are veterinary practices permitted to stay open under this order? Yes. This order defines veterinary practices and livestock services as "essential businesses." Do I have to keep my practice open if I feel unsafe...

Without a doubt, COVID-19 has impacted many veterinary businesses and their employees. Read more about what support is available to businesses and employees. For employers AND employees Tax Day is now July 15:  The IRS announced announced the federal income tax filing due date has been automatically extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15 to July 15 without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, corporations and other non-corporate tax...

Keeping your staff, clients, patients, and self safe during COVID-19 is crucial. Read below for best practices on how to minimize exposure in your practice. What recommendations does the state of Colorado offer for minimizing exposure in my practice?  In a public health order issued April 27, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) directs veterinarians to follow these steps to minimize exposure to COVID-19. Implement patient scheduling to provide for social distancing, enhanced cleaning, sufficient time to change PPE, and to minimize aerosol contamination. Implement prescreening of clients...

Many veterinarians may have received an email from DORA sent on behalf of Governor Polis asking about personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies throughout Colorado. This was directed by Governor Polis in his March 19 executive order (D 2020 009) ordering the cessation of non-essential surgeries and procedures. Click to read the message sent by DORA on behalf of Governor Polis. CVMA is supporting this effort by distributing this information to CVMA members. During this uncertain time, the veterinary profession will need to do its part. It is critical that veterinarians think strategically about...

The following are recommendations for re-use and conservation of personal protective equipment from the AVMA based on FDA and CDC information. Read the full information on the AVMA website. May disposable, single use PPE be re-used when supply levels are adequate (conventional capacity strategies)? Generally, no.  Most PPE is designed to be used only once by a single person prior to disposal. However, there are exceptions in limited situations identified by FDA, CDC, and OSHA which include gowns, surgical masks, N95 respirators, reusable face shields or goggles. Details for each are...

Updated April 6: Governor Polis issued an extension of his executive order temporarily suspending elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures. Elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures are now suspended until April 26. Read the April 6 order here. Governor Polis signed executive order D 2020 009 on March 19 temporarily suspending elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment, like personal protective equipment, ventilators, and respirators needed to combat COVID-19. This includes all voluntary or elective surgeries or procedures, whether medical, dental, or veterinary. A voluntary or elective surgery...

// CVMA is here for you. During this unprecented public health crisis, we are working hard to fulfill our organizational mission of protecting animal and human health and welfare. Our goal is to keep you updated with the information you need to protect your health, the health of your families and practice team, and the health of your patients and clients. Check this page to see how COVID-19 is impacting veterinary professionals in Colorado, as well as a status listing of upcoming CVMA events and how to get in touch...

The following message was shared with CVMA from Dr. Jennifer House, State Public Health Veterinarian: CDPHE Laboratory Services is temporarily diverting ALL rabies testing requests to the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (CSU VDL). All rabies laboratory staff are currently working on the COVID-19 response and are not available for rabies testing. At this time it is best to ship any specimens directly to CSU VDL to avoid unnecessary testing delays. Specimens that are misdirected to CDPHE or arrive on the courier will be forwarded to CSU VDL for testing...

Here at CVMA, we're dedicated to working on behalf of veterinary professionals in Colorado to protect and advance the practice of veterinary medicine. Part of that important mission is  translating current bills in the Colorado State Legislature to help veterinarians understand how legislation might impact veterinary medicine or animal welfare in Colorado. Check out our FAQs below on CO SB20-164 - Treatment of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Rescues. FAQs: CO SB20-164 - Treatment of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Rescues What is the background on this bill? This bill was introduced...

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