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Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation

Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital  |  Animal Emergency Management Programs (AEMP)  |  Community Sterilization Grants  Colorado's Animal Heroes  |  Student Support   |  Annual Report 

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Making Colorado a Better Place for Animals and People


The Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF), a 501(c)(3), was created to support education, scholarship, and service programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado. The involvement of veterinarians makes CVMF unique, allowing the foundation to make the broadest impact on animal health and to offer services and insights that no other group can. In short, the foundation exists to make Colorado a better place for animals and people.

CVMF is headquartered at the CVMF Harrison Center for Animals, where animal lovers of all ages and animal health professionals alike can broaden their understanding of veterinary medicine and celebrate the human-animal bond, and where animal-related organizations can more effectively share both ideas and facilities.

Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital

Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital (HMAH), a program of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation is Colorado’s largest not- for -profit veterinary hospital, employing highly qualified doctors and staff. 
HMAH provides spay and neuter services to the general public, and donor subsidized veterinary services to animals of seniors, disabled, and income-qualified clients who otherwise might not receive much needed medical care.  Annually HMAH treats 14,000 animals, performing over 20,000 procedures.  HMAH is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. 

Created with the support of the Animal Assistance Foundation, HMAH has been helping people and their pets since 1990. On January 1, 2007 HMAH merged with and became a program of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation.

For more information click here.

Animal Emergency Management Programs

  • CVMF Animal Emergency Management Programs include the following programs that help protect public health and safety and animal health and safety in our state:
  • The Colorado State Animal Response Team (SART) program serves to build statewide animal emergency planning and response network in partnership with government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
  • The Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps provides veterinary professionals and support personnel with the opportunity for training and credentialing necessary to help respond to local or state emergenies in support of public and animal health.
  • Biodefense outreach in partnership with Colorado State University as part of the Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
  • Support animal issues in the Colorado Emergency Operations Plan through Emergency Support Function #11, Part E, Companion Animals and Non-Commercial Livestock.
  • Networking with similar state animal emergency management programs nationwide to address mutual challenges.

For more information click here.

Home Outreach Pet Exams (HOPE) Program

The HOPE program is a pilot program that was designed in 2008 and is being implemented in 2009. Recognizing the importance of pets in enhancing the well-being of seniors, the economically disadvantaged and persons with disabilities, the HOPE program was established to serve the basic needs of the pets of home-bound seniors living on fixed incomes with minimal family or outside support. Basic services include semi-annual in-home visits by a volunteer team of a Colorado licensed veterinarian and a Colorado certified veterinary technician.

Recommendations for additional care may include vaccinations, laboratory testing, and an annual dental prophylaxis through Harrison Memorial. A credit account of $300 will be established for each client, which may be used at CVMF’s Harrison Memorial to provide the recommended health services.

CVMF is funded by donations from individuals, businesses, corporations, and foundations. If you wish to make a donation to the HOPE program click here. 

Community Sterilization Grants

CVMF promotes responsible pet ownership and works to prevent unwanted pet births through the Community Sterilization Grant Program. This initiative subsidizes pet sterilization in rural Colorado through partnerships that bring together local veterinarians and animal care professionals, helping to create community based solutions. In 2007, the CVMF board awarded $22,800 in Community Sterilization Grants.

Colorado's Animal Heroes

Colorado’s Animal Heroes, a program of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation, is an annual award program and fundraising event that brings the community together to celebrate the human-animal bond and provide recognition for some outstanding animals and humans. This annual event will feature a silent auction, fantastic food, and awards to animals in the hero, service and human-animal bond categories, in addition to a human hero award and a youth animal advocate award.

You can nominate! If you know an impressive animal or person that you want to nominate for an award please click here or contact the CVMF office to get a nomination packet (303.318.0447). Past years’ award recipients include dogs who have saved the lives of their owners; pets who, through the power of the human-animal bond, have healed and provided hope; and people who have profoundly dedicated their lives to making Colorado a better place for animals and people. 

Veterinary Student Support for Educational Offerings

This program is dedicated to giving support allowing students to participate in outside veterinary medical educational opportunities like CVMA Convention


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