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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 Stacee Santi, DVM, CVMA president 2019-2020. With summer wrapping up and more than halfway through 2020, we are in the midst of the final stages of the pandemic: Acceptance. It reminds me of the stages of grief: Denial, blame, anger, then acceptance. It brings a new perspective of clarity and confirmation that business, life and the world is fragile and can be disrupted with something...

The following was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office on August 12, 2020. Click here to sign up to receive immediate updates from the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a 3-month-old ram in El Paso county with neurologic signs tested positive for rabies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) laboratory.  This is the third case of rabies in domestic livestock in Colorado in 2020; a bull in Pueblo county and a goat in Yuma county were...

The following is an update from AVMA regarding COVID legislation. Congress has hit a standstill on bipartisan negotiations for the fourth coronavirus relief package, being referred to as C4. Over the weekend, President Trump responded to the stalemate by issuing a series of executive orders to respond to COVID-19. The series of executive orders provide for the deferment of payroll taxes until the end of the year for individuals making less than $104,000 annually; extend the federal unemployment insurance weekly benefit at $400 of which the states are required to contribute  25%...

The following was released by the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office on July 31, 2020. The 2020 VSV outbreak began on April 13, 2020, when the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa confirmed the first VSV-positive premises in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas subsequently broke with VSV cases which were confirmed by NVSL on April 22, 2020 (Cochise County, Arizona), April 23, 2020 (Starr County, Texas), June 16, 2020 (Butler County, Kansas), June 24, 2020 (Buffalo County, Nebraska), July 7, 2020 (Washington...

This is a paid sponsored article from GVL. When it comes to traveling out of the U.S. with pets, veterinarians are challenged with helping their clients understand the various requirements for the destination country. Each country has its own unique rules and regulations around animals, and it’s time consuming to research what those include. “There are unique risks with international pet movement that present challenges for veterinarians,” says Dr. Brenda Flaming, practicing veterinarian in Ames, Iowa. “The last thing we want is for our clients to get stuck in customs with their...

Did you know CVMA members can score discounts on GVL products? As a Member Discount Provider, GVL offers CVMA members exclusive discounts that help practices keep money where it belongs: In the practice. GVL provides an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform for easy digital animal health records for all species, including Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs or health certificates), Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) “Coggins” Tests, Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs) and more. Veterinarians can save time, reduce errors and compliance issues, retain client information and records in a searchable account, and can provide clients...

On April 6, Governor Polis issued Executive Order 2020 029 to amend and extend the temporary suspension of certain regulatory statues due to COVID-19. Click here to read the governor's full order. How does this order impact veterinarians? The order temporarily suspends a provision in C.R.S. § 12-315-112(1)(y) that creates a basis for discipline against a licensed veterinarian for distributing a prescription drug outside of a VCPR. This permits a licensed veterinarian to donate or sell to the State of Colorado or any licensed healthcare facility in Colorado any currently unneeded...

[caption id="attachment_2143" align="alignright" width="207"] Clay Farrell, president of CVMA preferred provider TMGvets.[/caption] As veterinary practices explore ways to decrease contact and keep clients and staff safe, companies like CVMA preferred provider TMGvets are stepping in to help practices minimize contact in the practice by leveraging technological solutions. We sat down with Clay Farrell, president of TMGvets, and asked him how technology is helping practices thrive during COVID-19. What is the biggest change you’ve seen in veterinary practice since COVID-19 started? The biggest change we are seeing with veterinary practices is the interest in...

As summer temperatures continue to rise across the state, some veterinary practices are wondering how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission inside the practice while also keeping clients and patients out of hot cars in the parking lot. With the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment continuing to recommend veterinary practices maintain curbside services to minimize risk of virus transmission indoors, it's up to practices to get creative with other solutions that keep pets and people safe amid rising temperatures. Here are some tips CVMA has gathered to help...

Veterinary license renewals are coming fall 2020, and CVMA is here to help you prepare! Take the stress out of your 2020 license renewal; check out our tips below for what you can do NOW to prepare for your upcoming renewal.   1. Make plans to receive the newly required CE on substance use training. This is a brand new, important requirement for your 2020 Colorado license renewal. Based on legislation passed in 2019, the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine is now requiring all opioid-prescribing veterinarians in Colorado to complete CE...

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