News

Get the latest on CVMA news and veterinary updates from around the state.

CVMA members receive eVOICE, a complimentary weekly enewsletter with a roundup of the latest veterinary news. Not a member? Sign up now to receive your free subscription to eVOICE.

Looking for past issues of VOICE, CVMA’s printed magazine? Check out our archive.

Compounding drugs is a critical tool for veterinarians, including compounding from bulk drug substances. While drugs compounded from bulk substances are considered to be unapproved, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine recognizes that veterinarians need these compounded drugs. On April 13, 2022, the agency published final guidance describing the conditions or situations under which the FDA does not intend to take enforcement action against entities compounding animal drugs from bulk drug substances. FDA has indicated that it will focus on education and stakeholder engagement before shifting resources...

When it comes to growing the next generation of veterinary leaders in Colorado, CVMA's Power of 10 Leadership Academy program is working hard to help Colorado veterinarians become impactful leaders. CVMA has supported the Power of 10 Leadership Academy for 10 years. The academy spans a full year, running from September of each year until the September of the following year. The program selects 10 veterinarians who join a network of peers in a series of year-long learning experiences. Participants develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. Interested in joining Power...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on March 31, 2022.  After the US Department of Agriculture confirmed detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds in Sedgwick County last week, Colorado’s state veterinarian advised issuing an emergency rule suspending all poultry shows, including meets, sales, swaps, and competitions. The state’s Agricultural Commission approved this emergency rule on March 30. The rule takes effect immediately and will last for 90 days, unless renewed or ended at an earlier date by vote of the Agricultural Commission...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on March 25, 2022.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in wild Snow and Ross's geese in Sedgwick County, Colorado.  These birds were collected by Colorado Parks and Wildlife on March 17, 2022 after finding several sick and dead geese at Jumbo Reservoir. The birds were necropsied...

Update as of 4/29/22: HB 22-1235 passed the the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, April 27. Update as of 4/14/22: HB 22-1235 passed the third reading of the House of Representatives on Monday, April 11. Update as of 3/18/22: HB 22-1235 passed the House Finance Committee on Thursday, March 17. Original article published Friday, March 11. HB 22-1235 (the renewal of the the Colorado Veterinary Practice Act), successfully passed another milestone following a committee hearing at the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Water Committee on Monday, March 7. CVMA and its team of veterinary witnesses represented CVMA during...

Looking for a way to get more involved with veterinary medicine in Colorado? The Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine is accepting applications for a professional member term that will begin July 1, 2022. This board member must be a veterinarian and will join six other members on the state veterinary medicine board. Interested in learning more and applying? Email Program Director Karen Phelan at dora_veterinarymedicineboard@state.co.us to apply....

CVMA life member Edward Umlauf, DVM, passed away in December 2021. A memorial service was held February 19. Obituary Edward Louis Umlauf, DVM, 74, of Windsor, Colorado passed peacefully on Christmas Eve with family at his side. Dr. Umlauf, affectionately known as “Dr. Ed” grew up in a German pocket of Pennsylvania to Lieutenant Colonel Harry “Jake” Umlauf, MD and his mother Beatrice “Bea” Umlauf.  A precocious and curious boy who attained fast verbal and motor skills that paid off both in the formative years, and later in life through study and dedication in...

On Friday, January 28, CVMA distributed a survey via email to its membership base to ask about their sentiments toward the concept of a veterinary professional associate (VPA). This document reports on the 440 survey responses received from CVMA’s survey distribution. Click here to read CVMA's position statement on the veterinary professional associate proposal. Demographics The following charts represent demographic information about the survey respondents.       Survey snapshot The following represents the high-level responses to the four quantitative questions posed in the survey.           Survey verbatim responses CVMA also provided an open-ended comment field for respondents to submit comments....

CVMA Position Statement on the Veterinary Professional Associate (Mid-Level Practitioner) Proposal Adopted by the CVMA Board of Directors February 17, 2022 The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) strongly opposes the addition of a veterinary professional associate (VPA) or mid-level practitioner to the Colorado Veterinary Practice Act at this time due to unresolved questions. CVMA recognizes that due to a combination of longstanding trends in addition to pressures resulting from the COVID pandemic, there is a shortage of veterinary services available in Colorado and across the country. CVMA understands that the introduction of a veterinary...

The following information was distributed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on February 10, 2022.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana.  This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States since 2020.  In January 2022, USDA confirmed the detection of HPAI in wild birds in South Carolina and has published all detections of HPAI in wild birds on this...

X
X