CSU Announces Veterinary Health Complex, Curriculum Expansion – The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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The main entrance of Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Clinic on October 27. The veterinary complex is expected to receive a $ 278 million expansion to expand its veterinary medicine and education services.

Sam Hutton, staff reporter

Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has announced plans for a comprehensive expansion and upgrade of South Campus veterinary medicine and education facilities.

According to a SOURCE article, the proposal, approved by the CSU System 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 hospital for the cattle teaching.

“The new building will also have an expanded primary care clinic, which will provide additional experience to veterinary students throughout their curriculum, but especially during those years in which they are learning the practical components of veterinary medicine,” CSU associate professor Dr. Kelly said Hall.

“We will provide (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, associate professor of the CSU

Currently, first and second year veterinary students attend classes on the main CSU campus, while third and fourth year students use the facilities on the south campus. The expansion will allow the college to include all four years of education within the new veterinary health complex, Hall said.

“Collaboration and learning opportunities between students (will) be improved,” 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 by welcoming larger classes and a more progressive curriculum, providing students with a more comprehensive education that will serve them better. in their careers after graduation.

“The new curriculum we are developing for DVM students will be probably the most advanced curriculum in the world, but certainly in the United States,” said Johnston. “We are building a curriculum that emphasizes ‘first day preparation’ so that these veterinarians and DVMs can target the ready-to-use workforce.”

The curriculum will also focus heavily on providing mental health resources for DVM students, further enabling graduates to enter the workforce with a more comprehensive 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,” said Johnston.

The expansion will also place a greater emphasis on livestock, tertiary care and clinical care facilities, allowing the university to continue its pioneering research in advancing 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 treatments for cancer and traumatic brain injury, as well as advances in technology used during heart surgery. open, according to the OHI website. CVMBS dean, Dr Sue VandeWoude, said these efforts will continue after the veterinary health complex is completed.

“The provision of new and updated space will facilitate clinical research programs on diseases occurring in CSU veterinary patient populations,” wrote VandeWoude. “The results will improve the diagnosis and management of natural diseases of veterinary patients, which in some cases can inform similar diseases occurring in humans.”

The expansion also aims to allow the college to continue other innovative research efforts related to veterinary education and training.

“We hope the new expansion will support investigations into veterinary educational methods, veterinary computing and other emerging fields of veterinary clinical and translational research,” wrote VandeWoude.

Construction of the new veterinary health complex will begin in early 2023 and is expected to be completed by 2028.

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