Author: Katie Kethcart

09 Apr Colorado veterinary leaders approve statement supporting the socially conscious animal communities and opposing the no-kill movement in animal welfare

(Denver, CO) – In a unanimous move, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Board of Directors has approved a position statement supporting the socially conscious animal community movement and opposing the no-kill movement in animal welfare. The statement comes after a no-kill organization running an animal shelter in Pueblo relinquished its license amid a state investigation into shelter conditions and high number of animal deaths. “As veterinarians, we have a responsibility to prevent and relieve animal suffering,” said CVMA President Will French, DVM. “The idea of the no-kill movement is misleading, and...

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18 Feb Denver area veterinarians partner with local shelters to provide adopted shelter pets health care after adoption

For many shelter pets, going home with their forever family is the first step in a bright new future. Now, Denver area veterinarians are teaming up with shelters to ensure these adopted shelter pets continue to receive lifelong care the moment they walk out the door. The partnership between Denver area veterinarians and Denver area shelters is facilitated by Connect for Care, a new program run by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and designed to unify veterinarians, shelters, and pet owners all around the same common goal: Ensuring adopted shelter...

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01 Dec CVMA Welcomes New Communications & Marketing Director

CVMA is pleased to introduce our new Director of Communications and Marketing, Kate Wessels. A proud Colorado native, Kate is passionate about enhancing the lives of Colorado animals and the people who love and care for them. Kate grew up in Douglas County and has earned degrees from CU-Boulder, where she also sat on the CU-Boulder Alumni Association Board of Advisors. During her time at the university, she spent two semesters working with CVMA as our first-ever Communications intern. Kate later went on to join AAHA in a staff communications role, eventually...

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12 Sep President’s Letter to CVMA Members

September 12, 2018 Dear CVMA Members, For more than 20 years, PetAid Animal Hospital (formerly Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital) has provided veterinary care to underserved pets in the Denver metro community. You may know that in 2007, visionary CVMA leaders saw the value of providing veterinary care to pets of owners in financial distress. At that time, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) was created as the charitable arm of CVMA to take over the operation of Harrison Memorial Hospital and provide donor-supported veterinary care to income-qualified pet owners. In 2012, the...

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16 Jul CSU Launches Certificate in Spanish for Animal Health and Care

Colorado State University has launched a new undergraduate certificate in "Spanish for Animal Health and Care" to make sure students in veterinary and animal science fields are equipped to communicate after they graduate and begin working with Spanish speakers in a farm or ranch setting. The new certificate will be offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures beginning this fall, and will be available in an online-only format as well as in person. Read the full article in the CSU College of Liberal Arts Magazine....

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11 Jul New Feline Anesthesia Guidelines from AAFP

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) released new feline anesthesia guidelines to all members of the veterinary community. Published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, these are the first exclusive guidelines authored by an expert panel and endorsed by the International Society of Feline Medicine that aim to make anesthesia and sedation safer for feline patients. Read the full press release from AAFP and access the guidelines here....

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29 Jun CVMA Member Karen McCormick Wins Democratic Primary for 4th Congressional District

Retired CVMA member and Longmont veterinarian, Karen McCormick, won the Democratic primary for the 4th Congressional District of the United States Congress against Chase Kohne on June 26, 2018. The historically conservative 4th Congressional District is currently represented by Republican Ken Buck, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Read the full Times-Call article....

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11 Jun CVMA Welcomes Manager of Chapter Relations

The change to a chapter structure was an important step in the evolution of CVMA. Understanding that chapters want to become more active to engage members, we created a new staff position dedicated full time to helping our chapters operate and grow. We are pleased to announce that Ashley Larson has joined CVMA as our Manager of Chapter Relations!   A Colorado native, Ashley has spent the last 12 years working inside a veterinary hospital. She started at the front desk and then cross trained as an assistant, eventually becoming the practice...

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08 Jun Updated Continuing Education Information from SBVM

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine (SBVM) requires that veterinarians and academic veterinarians in Active status must complete at least 32 hours of continuing education every two years before a license can be renewed.   Board Policy Criteria for Continuing Education was updated on December 14, 2017 and streamlines the process for continuing education approval. The new policy contains criteria for courses automatically approved by the Board. Courses meeting this criteria no longer need to be reviewed and approved by the Board.   Read the full statement from the SBVM, including Frequently Asked Questions...

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22 May Updated Veterinary Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Policy

On Monday, May 21, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 18-22 Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. The bill went into effect immediately upon the Governor's signature. This new state law limits the number of opioid pills a healthcare provider can prescribe and affects physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, and veterinarians.   Veterinarians are unique in their prescribing because they may also be dispensing the prescribed medication. If prescribing a controlled substance using their DEA number, veterinarians are required to register and maintain an account...

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