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Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine
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Welcome to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine Homepage

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine regulates and licenses veterinarians in the State of Colorado. The Board does not regulate or require the registration of veterinary technicians, or grant licenses based upon specialty.

The Board's mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the people and animals of Colorado by establishing and enforcing professional standards through the development and maintenance of rules and policies, ensuring that only qualified persons are licensed to provide veterinary care, and that violators of the laws and rules regulating veterinary medicine are sanctioned as appropriate.

Board activities include licensing veterinarians, investigating complaints about the licensed and unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine, disciplining violators of the law and/or Board's Rules, and making, amending, and adopting reasonable rules and regulations that govern the conduct of veterinarians. The Board is made up of seven members: five veterinarians and two public members.

Program Information

Program/Board Members

Karen Phelan, Program Director

State Board of Veterinary Medicine
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-894-7800  |  Fax: 303-894-7764  |  Email: dora_veterinarymedicineboard@state.co.us

 

Board Members:

  • Courtney S. Diehl, DVM, President
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2023

  • Carolyn E. Karrh, DVM, Vice President
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2023

  • Desiree English, DVM, Secretary
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2025

  • Dean Vicksman, DVM
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2026

  • Lisa Jacobson, DVM
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2025

  • Cristina Avila
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2025

  • Riley May
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2024

Public Notices

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - August 29, 2022

The Division of Profession and Occupations held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all Healthcare Boards with Prescriptive Authority to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation of Colorado House Bill 22-1115 (Concerning the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation).

 

Stakeholder Meeting - August 29, 2022

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine held a virtual Stakeholder Meeting to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on multiple proposed revisions throughout the Board’s rules to 1) Clarify recordkeeping requirements; 2) Address concerns from the Office of Legislative Legal Services; 3) Implement Colorado House Bill 22-1235 (Concerning the continuation of the regulation of veterinary practice by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations of the 2021 sunset report on the "Colorado Veterinary Practice Act" by the Department of Regulatory Agencies, adding registration requirements for veterinary technicians, adding veterinary technicians to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine, allowing certain unlicensed individuals to administer rabies vaccinations, and making an appropriation); 4) Implement Colorado House Bill 22-1115 (Concerning the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation); and 5) Implement Senate Bill 22-116 (Concerning the ability of an individual to obtain an occupational credential through the Occupational Credential Portability Program).

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 29, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all Boards and Programs that allowed stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new rules to implement the directives of Executive Order D-2022-034 (Protecting Colorado’s Workforce and Expanding Licensing Opportunities).

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 22, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' will hold a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all healthcare Boards and Programs to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new rules to implement the directives of Executive Order D-2022-032 (Directing State Agencies to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care in Colorado).

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - June 10, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) will hold a Joint Stakeholder Meeting to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation of Colorado Senate Bill 22-116 (Concerning the ability of an individual to obtain an occupational credential through the occupational credential portability program) which amends the Red Tape Reduction Act (HB20-1326/Section 12-20-202, C.R.S.); and subsequent proposed draft rules for each Board/Program. In an effort to provide advanced notice of this meeting, the draft rules for each Board/Program will not be available until Friday, May 27, 2022. To review the draft rules, please click on the "Notice, SB22-116, and Draft Rules" link below, on or after the availability date

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - October 15, 2021

The State Board of Pharmacy, State Board of Nursing, Colorado Medical Board, Colorado Dental Board, Colorado Podiatry Board, State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and State Board of Optometry held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting to gather feedback to identify and create a list of prescription drugs and substances (using evidence-based practices), in addition to controlled substances, that have a substantial potential for abuse and must require pharmacists and prescription drug outlets to report those prescription drugs and substances to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) when dispensed to a patient. The Board is considering the development of new rules to monitor non-controlled prescription drugs/substances, as allowed per section 12-280-404(2)(b)(I), C.R.S., of Colorado Senate Bill 21-098.

 

Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - October 14, 2021

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine held an Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on October 14, 2021, that allowed stakeholders a final opportunity to provide feedback before the Board considered adopting revisions to Rule 1.17(C), to implement Colorado Senate Bill 21-077 (Concerning the elimination of verification of an individual's lawful presence in the United States as a requirement for individual credentialing); and new Rule 1.26, to implement Colorado House Bill 21-1276 (Concerning the prevention of substance use disorders). Rule 1.26 was considered on an Emergency basis to comply with the effective date of Colorado House Bill 21-1276.

 

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - February 11, 2021

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine will hold a virtual Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to consider adopting revisions to Rules 1.4(E) and (F), and 1.12(C), as required by the Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS). 

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