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BIG Ideas Forum Overview

CVMA holds BIG Ideas Forums twice a year—spring and fall. The conferences are vital to the health of CVMA because they bring the association’s members and leadership together to:

  • Explore issues relevant to veterinary medicine in Colorado
  • Identify desired outcomes
  • Develop recommendations for board consideration
  • Review progress on action plans, and build community

While a basic framework exists for the conferences, the structure is dynamic and open by design so that the Forum can chart a course it deems appropriate for current circumstances.

At Issue - Compassion Satisfaction

More information and details to follow

About BIG Ideas

Over the years, after each leadership conference, we’ve heard members say “Wow, I wish I’d been there! I didn’t know I could attend, I thought it was just for CVMA leaders and not for members.” Realizing that we needed to let members know they are welcome—and enthusiastically encouraged to participate—CVMA began brainstorming and strategizing how to better structure and present the leadership conferences. The result? The CVMA BIG Ideas Forum.

The biggest change—besides the new, more descriptive name—is the schedule. Rather than a two-day event that mandates an overnight stay, the Issues Forum, Commission meetings, and Board meeting (which all voting members are encouraged to attend) will all take place on Saturday, wrapping up around 6:00 PM to allow everyone to head home rather than spend the night. The Executive Committee meeting will still be held on Friday afternoon, and a reception that is open to all will follow. Anyone interested in attending is welcome to come and spend the night if they wish. CVMA secures a reduced rate at the hotel for attendees.

So you might be asking, “What’s it all about? Why should I attend?” Each conference has a dedicated focus where we tackle important subjects that span all practice types and look at emerging issues that affect the veterinary profession. We carefully select the discussion leaders, inviting the best and brightest to share their knowledge, insight, and expertise with our members. Another reason to participate is that you have direct access to CVMA leadership and issues, and can help guide CVMA, generating ideas that direct our continuing education offerings, shape our position on legislative and regulatory issues, and lead to task forces or work groups for specific issues we decide to pursue.

Location & Lodging

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa
136 East Thomas Place
Beaver Creek, CO 81620
(970) 949-1234

CVMA is negotiating a special group rate; more information and details to follow. 

Overlooking the scenic Beaver Creek Mountain, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is a luxury Colorado Resort and Spa where you can experience the vacation of your dreams. From breathtaking mountain views to championship golf courses to exquisite cuisine, our Beaver Creek ski resort offers the perfect year-round mountain escape. Here you will enjoy premium amenities, such as ski in and ski out access, a year-round heated outdoor pool, and an outdoor fire pit for roasting s’mores.


Registration is not yet open – please check back soon!

Send a Student!

Cultivate the next generation of veterinarians!

As you plan to attend BIG Ideas Forum, please consider sponsoring one or more Colorado State University veterinary students to participate. You can designate your donation to be used to send a specific student, such as the person you mentor or another promising veterinary student.

Students benefit through student-to-professional learning opportunities during Issues sessions, social event networking with colleagues and veteran professionals, and most importantly – developing leadership skills by observing their state and national role models in action!

Your gift doesn’t just send a student to a CVMA leadership program – it builds the future of veterinary medicine.

YES!  I want to be a sponsor and Send a Student to BIG Ideas Forum!


Contact Kristin Payne, Director of Learning at 303.539.7264 or email


Or call the CVMA offices at 303.318.0447