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The Dumb Friends League’s (DFL) animal clinic at Colorado State University’s SPUR Campus allows the public to observe surgeries on pets, aiming to inspire future veterinarians amid a critical shortage in Colorado. A CSU survey revealed that 67% of Veterinary professionals regularly turn away patients due to high demand. Veterinary schooling is costly, with in-state tuition averaging $274,000.

To address this, DFL supports a ballot measure to introduce a master’s level Veterinary Professional Associate (VPA) certification, similar to physician assistants in human healthcare, to help reduce costs and increase Veterinary care providers. However, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) opposes the measure, advocating instead for expanding the role of Veterinary technicians. Governor Jared Polis signed a bill to enhance vet tech capabilities, but the VPA measure is still seeking signatures for the ballot. Both initiatives acknowledge that solving the care gap

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