State Board of Veterinary Medicine: News




Date: June 22, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Webinar Registration:

Date: June 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Webinar Registration:  

PLEASE NOTE: Board meeting agendas, dates, and locations may be accessed on our website
View Formal Meeting Notices Below:
June 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. 
June 30, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.


Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - June 18, 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and cost-effectiveness of its rules to determine if they should be continued in their current form, modified, or repealed.

Draft Rules

  • 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.   

Hearing Information

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 9:30 A.M.

Ways to Participate

  • Submit Comments: Oral comments will be taken from participants who are present via webinar. If you cannot virtually attend the hearing or wish to make written comments rather than speaking, you may email your written comments to: We will accept public comments up until the date of the Hearing. However, to provide the Board with adequate time for review and consideration, we ask that you submit your comments as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday, June 11, 2020.  

Hearing Format

Stakeholder input will be limited to discussions on the continuing need, appropriateness, and cost-effectiveness of the rules to help the Board determine if they should be continued in their current form, modified, or repealed. All written and oral comments will be provided to the Board for consideration prior to the permanent rulemaking hearing. If you have any questions or concerns about stakeholder input, please send them to  



Next Steps with Executive Order D2020 038

The Division of Professions and Occupations has been granted authority to promulgate emergency rules for multiple professions under Executive Order D2020 038, which prioritizes essential healthcare services during the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. 

Since healthcare professionals are statutorily required to work within a defined scope of practice, inpatient facilities previously were unable to use readily available personnel to fill healthcare service gaps. Temporarily relaxing these restrictions -- in conjunction with the expansion of delegation for certain medical personnel --  will allow hospitals the flexibility to plug readily available healthcare staff into non-traditional roles and alleviate workforce shortages at hospitals and inpatient facilities.

The suspension of certain nursing and nurse aide education requirements is another major piece designed to reinforce the state’s healthcare system.  Minus these changes, nursing students would have forfeited tuition and in many cases been unable to enter the workforce in May. The Order removes regulatory barriers that will provide nursing and nurse aide students in educational programs throughout Colorado avenues towards spring and summer graduation and allows newer students to progress through their education. It enhances the ability of nurses and certified nurse aides to enter or remain in the workforce.

The temporary transfer of emergency rulemaking authority to DPO also will allow the Director to issue temporary licenses for a number of healthcare professions regulated by the following boards and programs: Dental, Medical, Nursing, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Respiratory Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Veterinary.

New graduates within these professions have been unable to test due to the indefinite postponement of exams or limited testing site availability due to the Coronavirus. Temporary licensure will allow these new graduates to work under the supervision of a Colorado licensee until testing centers open and they have the opportunity to sit for the examination or complete approved postgraduate training.

Additionally, temporary licensure will be available to international medical graduates who are eligible for licensure as a physician but for completion of approved post-graduate education.  This temporary licensure will allow these physicians, many of whom have practiced in foreign countries for years, to temporarily enter the workforce during the pandemic under the supervision of a Colorado licensed physician.

Temporary licenses will be an option under the preceding circumstances upon adoption of the rules and valid from the date of issuance through Dec. 31, 2020.  Applications will be available on individual board webpages. These licenses are non-renewable, and temporary license-holders must pass an exam prior to year’s end in order to obtain full licensure and continue practicing.

Information on emergency rules changes for specific professions are available here. And please watch the in-depth PowerPoint on Executive Order D 2020 038 located on this page.



Stakeholder Meeting - May 15, 2020

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine (Board) held a VIRTUAL Stakeholder Meeting to receive stakeholder feedback on the proposed changes to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine’s 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. During the Board Meeting held on April 16, 2020, the Board reviewed all public comments received and incorporated some of the suggested changes. As part of this collaborative process, the Board is now requesting feedback based on those changes.

Proposed Rules

  • Copies of the proposed draft rules that incorporate stakeholder feedback in both a “redline” version to easily identify the changes and a “clean” version for easy readability is available for download

Meeting Information

  • Friday, May 15, 2020, at 1:00 P.M.

Webinar Recording

  • Watch/listen to the webinar recording of the stakeholder meeting.



Listen to PDMP Townhall, new document answers FAQs

The Division of Professions and Occupations hosted a Veterinary Telephone Townhall on July 25, 2019, that addressed Colorado's requirements for prescribers related to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Among the topics covered were the unique Veterinary Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids, and potential reservations and pitfalls faced by vets who are or aren't, using the PDMP. A three-person panel comprised of Drs. Lee Newman, Stacey Meola, and Ragan Adams led an informative discussion. The panel has experience in rural and urban settings, with small and large animal populations, and within the academic community, and examined issues related to controlled substance prescribing for veterinarians.

The Townhall recording is available below for those licensees who were unable to participate in this session. A Q-and-A document also can be accessed that answers many frequently asked questions about the PDMP, its use, benefits, and contact information related to its operation.

Town Hall recording July 25, 2019





Revised Opioid Guidelines Endorsed

On March 14, 2019, the revised guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids were adopted by all six of Colorado's prescribing and dispensing Boards: the Colorado Dental Board, the Colorado Medical Board, the State Board of Nursing, the State Board of Optometry, the Colorado Podiatry Board, and the State Board of Pharmacy, and endorsed by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

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