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Here at CVMA, we're dedicated to working on behalf of veterinary professionals in Colorado to protect and advance the practice of veterinary medicine. Part of that important mission is  translating current bills in the Colorado State Legislature to help veterinarians understand how legislation might impact veterinary medicine or animal welfare in Colorado. Check out our FAQs below on CO SB20-104 - Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents. FAQs: CO SB20-104 - Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents What is the background on this bill? This bill was introduced in the Colorado State...

The Colorado Department of Agriculture distributed this message to veterinarians on June 8, 2020. The CDA has confirmed cases of RHDV2 in domestic rabbits in El Paso, Montezuma, and Weld Counties.  Additionally, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has confirmed cases of RHDV2 in wild and feral rabbits in Alamosa, El Paso, Prowers, and Pueblo counties. To view a map of confirmed cases in Colorado, visit CDA’s Animal Health Division RHDV2 webpage. Reporting suspected cases Domestic:  Veterinarians and owners must report suspected RHDV2 cases in domestic rabbits to the State Veterinarian’s Office at...

The Colorado Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian's Office released this communication on June 4. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a domestic goat in Yuma County with neurologic clinical signs, including sudden aggression, was euthanized and tested positive for rabies on June 1, 2020. This is the second Colorado case of rabies in domestic livestock this year; in April a bull in Pueblo County was diagnosed with rabies. “Livestock owners need to be aware that rabies exposure can happen on their property,  especially from rabid skunks that gain entry into...

The following letter was submitted by CVMA member Dr. Edward Eisner. Have a submission for the CVMA blog? Email CVMA Director of Communications Katherine Wessels at katewessels@colovma.org. Dear colleagues: I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring, around the June 2020 time frame and my successor will be joining our practice shortly after. I have loved my profession. The daily challenges of diagnosis and effecting a definitive treatment as quickly as possible are what has made me continually say “Thank goodness it’s Monday again.” I have been in...

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) reminds veterinarians and rabbit owners that reporting suspected occurrences of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2), including sudden, elevated numbers of rabbit deaths, is mandatory. Disease reports are identified by the county of occurrence only,  and all other personal information is protected from open record requests. "This disease is very contagious and fatal to domestic and wild rabbits,” said State Veterinarian and CVMA member Dr. Keith Roehr. “The appropriate response by rabbit owners is vital to limiting further spread of the disease from affected rabbit facilities." The USDA...

In need of cloth masks for your team or clients to wear? Scrubin Uniforms, CVMA's newest Member Discount Provider, is offering customized unisex face masks for hospitals and their teams. Scrubin also offers a variety of workwear and uniform options for you and your team. All Premium CVMA members receive a $50 credit to spend in the Scrubin store! Learn more: colovma.scrubin.com/home.cfm (passcode cvma303).     Scrubin Uniforms is a CVMA Member Discount Provider....

The Colorado Department of Agriculture distributed this communication on May 12, 2020. The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) have confirmed cases of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus type 2 (RHDV2) in feral rabbits near Calhan, CO, about 35 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, and in a cottontail in rural Prowers County. RHDV2 is highly contagious and lethal among rabbits. It does not affect humans or domestic species other than rabbits and is not related to COVID-19. RHDV-2 is considered a foreign animal disease and is of high...

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...

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...

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