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CVMA's Board of Directors has signed on in support of H.R. 1839/S.993, the Combating Illicit Xylazine Act. The bill is a national piece of legislation that would help maintain access to xylazine for veterinary uses. Along with AVMA, other veterinary medical associations in almost all 50 states have signed on in support of the legislation. CVMA and AVMA support this bill because it: Keeps access to xylazine for veterinary uses. Xylazine for use in non-human species would continue to be overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a prescription...

CVMA member and former president of CVMA Stanley Powell, DVM passed away on May 30, 2023. CVMA leaders and the Colorado veterinary community mourn his passing and extend condolences to his family. Obituary Dr. Stan Powell passed away with family by his side May 30, 2023. Stanley Leon Powell was born April 4, 1944 to Cecil and Della Powell in Flagler, Colorado. He was the second child born in the family, with Kirby being the oldest, followed by Colleen and brothers Lynn and Bill. They lived in Bethune, Colorado until 1957 and moved...

The following message was distributed by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office on May 23, 2023. On May 17, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed a finding of vesicular stomatitis New Jersey virus (VSNJV) on an equine premises in San Diego County, California.  One horse, an 11-year-old Quarter Horse mare, on the premises met confirmed vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) index case definition with compatible clinical signs and virus isolation positive results for VSNJV on swabs from oral lesions.  Additionally, three other equine premises in San Diego County, California, have...

As reported this week in the Denver Post and Colorado Politics, Colorado’s 2023 legislative session had a chaotic ending late on Monday, May 8 that followed a session of simmering frustration along with lengthy debate on difficult bills and contentious exchanges. As a result, many bills did not advance (including several related to the veterinary profession) and ultimately died with the end of the session. Update on the veterinary professional associate (mid-level practitioner) For the veterinary profession, discussions of the uncertainties of the veterinary professional associate (referred to as a VPA or...

CVMA is pleased to announce that Senate Bill 23-044, the Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program, passed out of the Colorado legislature on April 24! It will head to the governor's desk in the coming months to be signed into law. The bill updates the veterinary education loan repayment program in five ways: The number of qualified applicants per year is increased from 4 to 6; The requirement that an applicant must have graduated from an accredited veterinary school in 2017 or later is eliminated; The total amount an applicant is eligible...

The following message was distributed by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office on April 14, 2023. The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) State Veterinarian’s Office was notified on March 28 that a horse residing in Garfield County had tested presumptive positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA). The initial test was completed at Colorado State University’s Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory with the confirmatory test completed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, on April 4. The positive horse was euthanized on April 11 and the exposed horses are currently under...

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. 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. VMLRP awardees are...

The following message was distributed by the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office on February 28, 2023. Because highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) continues to present a threat to birds across Colorado, the Colorado State Veterinarian’s office has issued updated guidance for poultry events, such as swaps, meets, and competitions. The guidance asks poultry owners to increase safety precautions and biosecurity practices, monitor their flocks for illness, and report any sick or dead birds to the State Veterinarian’s Office. “The most important thing poultry owners can do right now to protect their birds from...

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