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The CVMA Board of Directors has voted to oppose Colorado HB 20-1084, Requirements for Dog and Cat Breeders and Sellers, in its current form. CVMA has requested that the sponsors of the bill conduct robust stakeholder meetings on the bill. CVMA supports the principle that Coloradans be able to adopt or purchase healthy, safe pets. Among CVMA's concerns about the bill are the following: The bill’s legislative declarations are not fully accurate. The bill requires practices that are not consistent with research-based healthy breeding practices for female dogs. The bill undercuts...

With the 2020 legislative session underway, CVMA is actively monitoring, supporting, and opposing a variety of legislative matters on behalf of CVMA members and the Colorado veterinary community. One is a proposed Denver city ordinance that would amend Denver's Ordinance Section 8-67 (Pit Bulls Prohibited). Under the proposed amendment, pit bulls could be owned and kept within the city of Denver provided the owner obtained a breed-restricted license. CVMA actively supports this legislation and is working with Denver City Councilman Christopher Herndon, the bill's sponsor. CVMA will testify with the Dumb Friends...

Protecting the practice of veterinary medicine in Colorado and advocating for veterinarians is one of CVMA's most important missions. CVMA's efforts at the state legislature is a key benefit of being a CVMA member -- we do the heavy lifting so that you can focus on doing what you do best: Ensuring animals receive the care they deserve. The 2020 Colorado legislative session kicked off Wednesday, January 8. CVMA is actively monitoring bills that have the potential to be introduced during this legislative session and is aware of several upcoming bills...

The rendering industry is asking for veterinarians' help in euthanization of livestock. The FDA has determined that pentobarbital is a hazard in ingredients fed to pets and other animals and that animals euthanized with pentobarbital cannot be rendered to make food for pets, poultry, and livestock. The FDA has a zero tolerance for pentobarbital in animal food. For euthanized livestock or other large animals to be rendered, non-chemical forms of euthanisia must be used per the FDA. Using pentobarbital for animal euthanasia is a problem because a renderer cannot distinguish animals...

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently shared this information with CVMA: On November 25, the FDA sent warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling various products containing cannabidiol. Violations cited in those letters include marketing unapproved new human and animal drugs, selling CBD products as dietary supplements, and adding CBD to human and animal foods. FDA has issued a press release describing their findings and concerns, available here. The letters may be accessed from that release and also directly from this page here. Of interest, is that one of the products included...

Representing the voice of Colorado veterinarians is a critical component of CVMA's mission. As the largest organization of veterinary professionals in Colorado, CVMA is a champion for veterinarians in state legislative and regulatory affairs. In 2019, CVMA actively participated in the legislative conversation surrounding SB19-228 Substance Use Disorders Prevention. The bill was an important issue for CVMA because it impacted training requirements for veterinarian licensees in the state of Colorado. CVMA proudly represented the voice of veterinarians throughout the process, working with key stakeholders to provide a veterinarian perspective in developing...

Are you on Facebook? Join our members-only CVMA Facebook group! What is a closed Facebook group? A closed Facebook group is a private, invitation-only community on Facebook. Closed groups are designed to be used by communities of people with similar interests so they can share ideas, exchange information, and ask questions in a private setting. A closed group is different from a regular Facebook page as it is not open to the public and other members of Facebook; only members of the group can post in the group and see what is...

The veterinary community in Colorado would not be what it is without the commitment and service of veterinary professionals who go above and beyond to advance the profession and give back to the veterinary community. CVMA leadership and convention attendees were pleased to recognize the accomplishments and service of three notable veterinarians during CVMA Convention 2019 in Keystone, Colorado. Jon Geller, DVM 2019 Veterinarian of the Year  While it’s often easier to see clients within the comfort of an exam room, Dr. Jon Geller takes his veterinary practice to the streets. Dr. Geller...

AVMA representative Dr. Melanie Marsden installed the 2020 CVMA Board of Directors during the Member Appreciation Luncheon at CVMA Convention 2019. The 2020 board of directors includes: Dr. Stacee Santi, President Dr. Jackie Christakos, President-elect Dr. Ashley Ackley, Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Steven Dick, Secretary/Treasurer-elect Dr. Will French, Immediate Past President Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, AVMA Delegate Dr. Curtis Crawford, AVMA Alternate Delegate   See photos and contact information for the CVMA Board of Directors. The CVMA membership also welcomed Dr. Steven Dick as a new director to the Board of Directors. Dr. Dick presently serves as...

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