Thank you for attending Veterinary Advocacy Day 2019!

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February 20, 2020

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Denver, CO

Veterinary Advocacy Day

February 21, 2019

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Denver, CO

“I’d recommend it for everybody to better understand the external forces that influence the veterinary profession and animal health and welfare, and to learn how active CVMA is in protecting those interests.”
– CVMA member

CVMA created this workshop to help build the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively advance (or thwart) public policy that affects the veterinary profession at the national and state levels. The workshop is free to CVMA members, including veterinary students and Power of Ten leadership academy participants.

It is essential that lawmakers hear from engaged and knowledgeable constituents – particularly in areas such as veterinary medicine where the lawmaker has little or no technical or practical experience. Federal and state lawmakers routinely offer bills that impose new stipulations or regulations on veterinary medicine. While some bills are proactively sought and supported by the AVMA and CVMA, other bills may have severe negative impacts on veterinary economics, the scope of veterinary practice, or they may be deleterious to animal health and welfare.

This workshop is designed to build issue knowledge, hone advocacy skills and bolster participants’ confidence in their ability to effectively advance the veterinary profession’s legislative and regulatory agenda.  Participants will:

  • Learn about current legislative and regulatory issues (both Federal and state) from policy experts
  • Engage in discussions with speakers knowledgeable about relevant policy issues in veterinary medicine
  • Learn about grassroots lobbying and receive training on effective messaging techniques and protocol in communicating with legislators
  • Visit the state capitol and observe the legislative process in action

Participants receive an extensive collection of advocacy resources. The workshop is held at the CVMA office in central Denver (at 191 Yuma Street, Denver CO 80223).


Additional details including agenda and presenters coming soon!

Thursday, February 21

8:00 AM
8:30 AM
8:45 AM
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:40 AM
1:15 PM
1:45 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
Check-in and continental breakfast
Welcome, introductions, and overview
Veterinary Medicine, Policy, and Politics: Our Profession’s Responsibility
Colorado Legislative Updates
Depart for State Capitol
Tour of the State Capitol
Colorado Legislators for Animal Welfare (CLAW) Caucus Meeting at the Capitol
Return to CVMA offices
Lunch Discussion Panel
Breakout Session – Advocacy Case Studies
Discussion and Q & A
Workshop adjorns

Registration is now open!

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Registration will close on
Tuesday, February 18.

2019 Presenters

Leo Boyle | CVMA lobbyist
Gina Luke | Assistant Director, Governmental Relations Division,
American Veterinary Medical Association
Diane Matt | CEO, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association