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Welcome to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine Homepage

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine regulates and licenses/registers veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the State of Colorado. 

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 to ensure that only qualified persons are licensed/registered to provide veterinary care and that violators of the laws and rules regulating veterinary medicine are sanctioned as appropriate.

Board activities include licensing and registering veterinarians and veterinary technicians, investigating complaints about the licensed/registered and unlicensed/unregistered 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 and veterinary technicians. The Board is made up of nine members: five veterinarians, two veterinary technicians (starting in 2023) 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

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - February 9, 2023

The Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine will hold a Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to allow stakeholders a final opportunity to provide testimony before the Board considers adopting a proposed new rule regarding Recordkeeping Requirements. 

 

REQUESTING WRITTEN STAKEHOLDER COMMENTS

The Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine is proposing a new rule regarding Recordkeeping Requirements. The purpose of this request for written comments is to inform stakeholders of the proposed new rule, and allow stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed draft rules. Please submit your written comments to dora_dpo_rulemaking@state.co.us by Tuesday, December 27, 2022. 

 

Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - October 13, 2022

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine held an Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing regarding multiple proposed new and revised rules to clarify record keeping requirements and address concerns from the Office of Legislative Legal Services(OLLS); and implement Colorado Senate Bill 22-116 (Concerning the ability of an individual to obtain an occupational credential through the Occupational Credential Portability Program); Colorado House Bill 22-1115 (Concerning the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation); 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); Executive Order D-2022-032 (Directing State Agencies to Protect Access to Reproductive HealthCare in Colorado); and Executive Order D-2022-034 (Protecting Colorado’s Workforce and Expanding Licensing Opportunities). 

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