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Snake bites. Car strikes. Sudden illness. Surgical recovery

Pets with urgent medical needs will receive advanced treatment around the clock in a new, $1.3-million emergency and critical care facility opening in Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The opening in early October marks completion of a renovation project that expands the hospital’s emergency and critical care unit by 70 percent – to 3,550 square feet – and allows CSU clinicians and veterinary students to care for more than 4,000 sick and injured pets each year.

Facility costs, amounting to $1.3 million, were covered with funding from private donations and the Boulder-based Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, a nonprofit that supports veterinary and other forms of higher education.

Donors got a sneak peek at the new unit, called the E. Myrl Halstead Jensen Center for Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, during an unveiling reception on Sept. 19. The center is named for the wife of donor and CSU alumnus Gene Jensen, who graduated in 1949.

Several other lead gifts came from people whose donations were inspired by medical care their pets have received at the CSU vet hospital. For instance, the Claire and Angus Memorial Advanced Therapies Room is named for Great Danes owned by Tiffany and Yaron Goldman of Fort Collins. The room provides separate space for intensive, individualized specialty care, including advanced treatments for failing lungs and kidneys.

“The staff at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital put Claire and Angus first, and we trusted everyone who assisted in their care. It comforts us to be able to honor Claire and Angus in this way,” Tiffany Goldman said.


The CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is training grounds for students enrolled in the university’s renowned Professional Veterinary Medicine Program, ranked as the No. 3 vet school in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The hospital also is epicenter of CSU research into animal cancer, heart disease and other health concerns; many of these studies, collectively called “translational” research, are stepping stones to new insights into human health.

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