November 1, 2022
Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has announced plans for a comprehensive expansion and upgrade of veterinary medicine and educational facilities on the South Campus.
According to an article in SOURCE, the proposal approved by the CSU system’s board of governors outlines a $278 million plan to extensively remodel existing facilities and expand the complex to include additions such as a veterinary education center and a livestock training hospital.
“The new building will also have an expanded primary care clinic which will provide additional experience for veterinary students throughout their curriculum, but particularly during those years when they are learning the practical components of veterinary medicine,” Associate Professor Dr Kelly of CSU Hall said.
“We will give (students) access to learning the skills, knowledge, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and well-being they need to survive and thrive as a veterinarian.” –Dr. Matthew Johnston, CSU Associate Professor
Currently, first- and second-year veterinary students attend classes at CSU’s main campus, while third- and fourth-year students use the South Campus facilities. The expansion will allow the college to accommodate all four years of study within the new veterinary health complex, Hall said.
“The opportunities for collaboration and learning between students (will be) enhanced,” Hall said.
Associate Professor Dr. Matthew Johnston hopes the expansion will allow the college to renew and diversify the current Doctor of Veterinary Medicine curriculum to include larger class sizes and a more progressive curriculum, providing students with a more holistic education that will serve them better in their careers after graduation.
“The new curriculum we are developing for DVM students will be the most progressive curriculum probably in the world, but certainly in the United States,” Johnston said. “We’re building a curriculum that emphasizes ‘day one readiness’ so these vets and DVMs can head into the workforce ready to go.”
The curriculum will also have a strong focus on providing mental health resources for DVM students, further enabling graduates to enter the workforce with a more complete education.
“We will provide (students) with access to learning the skills, knowledge, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and well-being they need to survive and thrive as a veterinarian,” Johnston said.
The expansion will also place greater emphasis on animal husbandry, tertiary care and clinical facilities, allowing the university to continue its cutting-edge research in improving animal and human health, according to SOURCE.
CSU’s CVMBS has an established history of research efforts through the One Health Institute, including studies conducted with animal patients that have led to breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer and traumatic brain injury, as well as advances in technology used during open-air surgery heart, according to the OHI website. CVMBS Dean Dr. Sue VandeWude said those efforts will continue after the veterinary health complex is completed.
“The provision of new and updated spaces will facilitate clinical research programs for diseases that occur in CSU’s veterinary patient populations,” VandeWoude wrote. “The results will improve the diagnosis and management of naturally occurring diseases in veterinary patients, which in some cases may inform similar diseases that occur in humans.”
The expansion will also allow the college to pursue other ground-breaking research efforts regarding veterinary education and training.
“We hope the new expansion will support research in veterinary educational methods, veterinary informatics and other emerging areas of veterinary clinical and translational research,” VandeWoude wrote.
Construction of the new veterinary medical complex will begin in early 2023 and is scheduled to be completed by 2028.