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On April 22, the CDC announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York. Since that time, animals from almost every state in the U.S. have been tested for SARS-CoV-2, according to the CDC. 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,...

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A veterinarian will join the ranks of Colorado legislators for the 2021 legislative session. Karen McCormick, DVM, was elected as state representative for Colorado House District 11 during the 2020 election. The CVMA Board of Directors endorsed Dr. McCormick earlier in 2020. CVMA is looking forward to having a veterinarian in the Colorado State Legislature who can represent the profession knowledgeably and advocate for animal health and the practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. McCormick (D) is a veterinarian, small business owner, and mom. She is passionate about Colorado and working for policies that...

Pill bulls will be allowed in the city and county of Denver with a Breed-Restricted Permit beginning January 1, 2021 following a voter-approved ballot measure. The vote has not been certified, but the Ballot Measure 2J had more than 65 percent of voters approving it, according to the city's elections division. The Denver City Council voted to repeal the city's breed ban in February, but that was vetoed by Denver Mayor Hancock. CVMA actively supported the legislative changes proposed this past spring and testified in support of the changes alongside the Dumb Friends League and...

This is a paid sponsored article from Elanco. By B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD, CertVA, DSAS (ST), DECVS, DACVS, FRCVS, Comparative Pain Research and Education Center, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine There is a need for a logical, comprehensive staging tool for canine osteoarthritis (OA). Canine OA is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs. However, the lack of a standardized system for staging OA has contributed to delayed diagnosis and inconsistent approaches to patient evaluation and monitoring. These delays and inconsistent approaches to patient evaluation...

A historic wildfire year in Colorado is impacting animals and veterinary practitioners across the state, especially in Northern Colorado. CVMA has compiled a list of resources for veterinarians impacted by the Cameron Peak, CalWood, Lefthand Canyon, Williams Fork, and East Troublesome fires. Note: As information is changing rapidly, some of the information listed below may be outdated.  Support for veterinarians AVMF grants for veterinarians: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/disaster-preparedness  CVMA is coordinating support with AVMA for CVMA veterinarians who experience damage to their practice or homes, or who are assisting animals that have been impacted. Please contact CVMA...

As of October 15, animals from almost every state in the U.S. have been tested for SARS-CoV-2, according to an update shared with veterinary organizations by the CDC COVID-19 One Health Working Group on October 20. The top 5 states currently testing animals for SARS-CoV-2 are: Texas Pennsylvania California New York Georgia Routine testing of animals for SARS-CoV-2 is still not recommended by the CDC. Of the 1,523 animals tested in the U.S., 710 have been dogs and 506 have been cats. Dogs and cats represent 80% of animals tested. Only 5% (74)...

The Colorado Veterinary Practice Act, 12.315 C.R.S. will undergo a a sunset review in 2021. CVMA has established a Practice Act Review Task Force to study the practice act and offer input as to how and if the act should be revised. The practice act, which governs the practice of veterinary medicine in Colorado, was last reviewed in 2010. The Office of Policy, Research, and Regulatory Reform in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regularly performs sunset and sunrise reviews of a variety of entities across the state. [caption id="attachment_790" align="alignright"...

The following was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office on October 9, 2020. Click here to sign up to receive immediate updates from the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of Brucellosis RB-51 strain in a cow on a raw milk dairy in Larimer County. The owner of the dairy submitted milk samples to CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for routine Somatic Cell Count (SCC) testing. The SCC count from one cow was elevated; culture was completed and Brucella spp. was isolated. The...

The following message was distributed to Colorado veterinarians by the State Veterinarian's Office on October 9, 2020. CVMA is sharing the message on behalf of the State Veterinarian's Office. Dear colleagues, The USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA), helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. This federally funded loan repayment program is separate from the state funded program recently created...

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