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Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine
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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:

  • Ronald Carsten, DVM, President
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2022

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

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

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

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

  • Tatum Perez
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2025

  • Ellen Kessler
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2024

Public Notices

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.

 

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - October 14, 2021

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine will hold a Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to allow stakeholders a final opportunity to provide feedback before the Board considers 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 a new rule, Rule 1.26, to implement Colorado House Bill 21-1276 (Concerning the prevention of substance use disorders).

 

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). 

 

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - August 20, 2020

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine (Board) held a VIRTUAL Permanent Rulemaking Hearing for the Board to consider the permanent adoption of the proposed changes to multiple existing Board Rules in compliance with section 24-4-103.3, C.R.S., which mandates a regularly scheduled review of the rules to assess the continuing need, appropriateness, and cost-effectiveness of its rules to determine if they should be continued in their current form, modified, or repealed.

 

Stakeholder Meeting - August 7, 2020

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine (Board) held a VIRTUAL Stakeholder Meeting to receive additional input on the proposed changes to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine’s rules, these revisions include recommendations based on stakeholder feedback. One of the most notable changes, is the reorganization of the rules. These changes to the rules are proposed as a result of the mandatory rule review in compliance with section 24-4-103.3, C.R.S.  

Legislative Updates
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