Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine
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IMPORTANT OFFICE CLOSURE ALERT

All Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) Offices at 1560 Broadway, Denver CO are closed to the public indefinitely effective 2pm on March 23rd, 2020. However, DPO staff is still working hard to help all customers remotely. Please contact the Division at dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us for assistance.

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

Board Members

Karen Phelan, Program Director

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

  • Joseph Barker, DVM, Vice President
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2021

  • Kris J. Fattor, DVM, Secretary
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2021

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

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

  • Steven Barton
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2021

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

Public Notices

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine (Board) will hold 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.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 8:30 A.M.
  • ATTENDANCE VIA WEBINAR ONLY: Register Here
  • A copy of the Notice and the draft rules are available for download

 

Stakeholder Meeting

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine (Board) will hold 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.  

  • Friday, August 7, 2020, at 11:00 A.M.
  • ATTENDANCE VIA WEBINAR ONLY: Register Here
  • A copy of the Notice, and the draft rules in both a "redline" version (to identify the changes) and a "clean" version (for easy readability) are available for download.   
     

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 1, 2020

The Board of Chiropractic Examiners, State Board of Optometry, Colorado Podiatry Board, State Physical Therapy Board, and State Board of Veterinarian Medicine (Boards) held a VIRTUAL Joint Stakeholder Meeting for the Boards to receive feedback on the adoption of the Emergency Licensing Rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Governor’s Executive Order D 2020 038.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 9:00 A.M. (MDT)
  • Copies of the Notice and each Board's Emergency Rules that were adopted pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 038 are available for download.
  • Listen/Watch the webinar recording.
Legislative Updates
Meeting Minutes

Full Board Meeting Minutes

 

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