Of Note

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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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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18 May “High Time for Cannabis Research” by Sarah Rumple in AAHA Trends Magazine

As medicinal and recreational cannabis becomes legal in more states across the country, the health benefits of one of the plant’s compounds, cannabidiol (also known as CBD), are also becoming more apparent. While CBD has been used to treat various medical conditions in humans, little is known about how pets respond to the compound. Now, with funding from S. David Moche with Applied Basic Science Corporation, researchers at Colorado State University are moving forward with the first cannabis studies on dogs. The findings from which should inform veterinarians on how to...

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04 May Castle Rock Ends Pit Bull Ban

Pit bulls are now legal in Castle Rock after City Council there voted 5-0 to rescind the 25-year-old breed ban Tuesday night. Citing the difficulty in enforcing the ban without DNA testing, city council members did leave in a provision in city code about "dangerous dogs."   Read the full 9News article....

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27 Apr Puppy Diagnosed in Pueblo County, Second Exposed Dog at Large

An 8 month old puppy was diagnosed with rabies in Pueblo County. The puppy presented to a veterinary clinic after hours on 04/19/2018 for seizures, with a history of ataxia at home. The puppy did not improve with treatment and the owners elected euthanasia. The veterinarian contacted the local public health department due to the concern for rabies. Testing was completed at the state laboratory and it was positive for rabies. A second dog that lived in the same household as the rabid dog is known to be unvaccinated. The owners...

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04 Apr CVMA Member Dr. Melanie Marsden Wins AVMA Election!

CVMA is excited to announce that our own Dr. Melanie Marsden is the newly elected AVMA District 9 Representative!   The elections concluded on March 31 and results were announced on April 3. In this role, Dr. Marsden will represent AVMA members in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah.   Dr. Marsden is the owner of Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs. She has been an active member of CVMA for 20 years and currently serves as our AVMA Delegate. She is a past-president of CVMA and the Colorado Springs Area...

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