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.

Read below for a message from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CO VMRC) to all Colorado veterinarians. As communities, we are all affected by the current pandemic. We are seeing a surge of work that needs to be done, particularly in medical fields. To this end, The Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CO VMRC) program provides veterinary professionals and animal emergency responders with the training and credentialing necessary to support animal health and public health emergency response. Our local communities, under the strain of these unique circumstances, are looking for medical...

On April 22, the CDC announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York. These are the first pets in the U.S. to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. What is SARS-CoV-2? SARS-Cov-2 is a novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Human patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. While much is currently unknown about this organism, no evidence suggests that animals can spread...

The Colorado State Veterinarian's Office distributed this communication to Colorado veterinarians on April 20, 2020. The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) in conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has confirmed a case of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Serotype 2 (RHDV2) in wild cottontail rabbits in Costilla County.  This is the first confirmed case of RHDV2 in Colorado. On April 15th, CPW was notified of a report in Costilla County of several wild cottontails found dead.  Three cottontail rabbits were collected and samples from these rabbits were sent to the Foreign Animal...

The Colorado State Veterinarian's Office distributed this message on April 10, 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States since 2017. It appears this HPAI strain mutated from a low pathogenic strain that has been found in poultry in that area recently. There are currently no cases of HPAI...

On April 15, Governor Polis issued Executive Order 2020 038 to suspend certain statutes and rules to expand the health care workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to COVID-19. Click here to read the governor's full order. How does this order impact veterinarians? Veterinarians and a number of other licensed health care professionals are temporarily permitted to be cross trained to assist in the COVID-19 response. The order directs DORA to develop emergency rules to allow for an expansion of health care workers to assist in the...

The Colorado State Veterinarian's Office distributed the following announcement on April 15, 2020. On April 13, 2020, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed a finding of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection (Indiana serotype) on an equine premises in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. A single horse on the index premises has met the case definition of infection with compatible clinical signs and virus isolation positive results. A second equine premises in Sierra County, New Mexico subsequently met confirmed VSV case definition with compatible clinical signs and reverse...

The Colorado State Veterinarian's Office distributed this message on April 14, 2020. RABBIT HEMORRHAGIC DISEASE VIRUS Serotype 2 (RHDV2) Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas have recently reported cases of RHDV2 in domestic rabbits, wild cottontails, and jackrabbits. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Serotype 2 is a highly contagious and fatal disease of domestic rabbits and wild rabbits of the genus Oryctolagus. This disease is considered a foreign animal disease (FAD) and is of high concern at the state and federal levels. The recent involvement of wild cottontails and hares is of particular concern. Clinical signs: Many...

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...

X
X