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The 2021 Colorado legislative session wrapped up on June 8, 2021. One of the most vital and impactful things CVMA does is track legislative activity and advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession in Colorado. Here's what veterinarians need to know about what happened during the 2021 legislative session. Socially conscious sheltering HB 1160 - Care of Dogs and Cats in Pet Animal Facilities (informally dubbed the "socially conscious sheltering" bill), was passed and signed into law by the governor on May 21, 2021. The bill specifies the standard of care that each...

Adopted by the CVMA Board of Directors May 27, 2021 The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association strongly opposes Ballot Initiative 16, also known as the PAUSE Initiative. Every veterinarian takes an oath to protect animal health and welfare, prevent and relieve animal suffering, promote public health, and advance medical knowledge. Initiative 16 threatens all those commitments. On behalf of CVMA’s 2,200+ veterinarian members and the hundreds of thousands of animals they care for, CVMA urges all veterinarians to stand up for animals and oppose this initiative. Ballot Initiative 16 is not in the...

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 Jackie Christakos, DVM, CVMA president 2020-2021. “Why should I be a CVMA member?”  I am asked this question frequently, and I relish the opportunity to bend the ear of our current and perspective members as to why I feel CVMA membership is critical for every Colorado veterinarian. I could provide a list of tailored, practical continuing education (CE) opportunities offered by CVMA, but many other associations also provide high...

CVMA member Larry Dean Krugman, DVM, passed away from COVID-19 complications on April 22, 2021. Dr. Krugman had been a steadfast CVMA member since 1974. Obituary Dr. Krugman was born on April 8, 1948 in O’Neill, Nebraska to Edwin and Sarah Krugman. Larry, 73, was never sick in his life until he passed away on April 22, 2021 from the Covid respiratory virus. He was raised in O’Neill being the oldest of five children. He attended O’Neill High School where he played all sports and studied to be a Veterinarian. He graduated...

CVMA congratulates CVMA member Dr. Maggie Baldwin on being named state veterinarian for Colorado! Dr. Baldwin is the first-ever female state veterinarian in Colorado. She was named 2020 Veterinarian of the Year by CVMA in recognition of her tireless effort, unparalleled enthusiasm, and outstanding service to the veterinary profession and the entire state of Colorado throughout a difficult year in her role as the assistant state veterinarian.    On April 26, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) announced Dr. Baldwin had been named state veterinarian. In the role, Dr. Baldwin will manage CDA’s...

When the whole veterinary team has the education they need, everyone wins! CVMA is pleased to recognize all of our certified veterinary assistants (CVA). These veterinary assistants have completed the education required and gained the experience needed to earn certification as certified veterinary medical personnel. The CVA program is a learn-on-the job vocational training experience that covers the basic fundamentals of veterinary medicine and animal care and handling. The CVA program offers three levels, each level advancing and fine-tuning the skills of veterinary assistants. Originally developed by the Texas VMA and...

Originally published: December 21, 2020 | Last updated: April 2, 2021 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Can veterinary professionals in Colorado get the COVID-19 vaccine? As of April 2, 2021, all Coloradans ages 16+ are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of occupation. Click here to view more detail on the state's website. Can I stop doing curbside once my staff and I are vaccinated? AVMA and CDC are encouraging continued social distancing and mask-wearing even after individuals receive the vaccine. When possible, veterinarians and their teams should continue curbside care to continue protecting their staff, clients, and community. Where...

Last updated April 16, 2021 What are the latest updates on this issue? There was a Title Board rehearing of Ballot Initiative 16 (PAUSE) on Wednesday, April 7. CVMA attended the 4-hour rehearing during which the Title Board set a new title for the ballot initiative. While the Title Board acknowledged that it needed to fix some of its earlier errors in setting a title, CVMA believes the new title set by the board does not accurately describe the impact the measure would have on animal and public health. A group of Colorado-based...

Clients are asking veterinarians about an unusual use of ivermectin: For COVID-19 prevention and treatment. The Food and Drug Administration has issued another warning against using ivermectin in humans, noting that there appear to be increasing reports of ivermectin products intended for animal use being used by humans. The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses. FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very...

Eight areas in Colorado have been identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as areas of veterinary service shortage areas for 2021. To address these shortages, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) provides veterinarians up to $25,000 a year for student loan repayment in exchange for at least three years of service in one of the USDA-designated shortage areas. The program is overseen by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The shortage areas identified in Colorado include: Baca, Bent, Kiowa, and Prowers counties Delta, Montrose, Ouray, and...

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