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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...

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...

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