CSU Veterinary Teaching HospitalOne of the worst feelings in the world is a medical emergency involving your pet. (I've done more than my fair share of middle-of-the night emergency vet visits in my lifetime.) Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital has opened up a brand new round-the-clock critical care facility for animals.

The new center increases the hospital’s emergency and critical care unit by 70 percent, according the CSU. The new center is named the E. Myrl Halstead Jensen Center for Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, after the wife of donor and CSU alumnus Gene Jensen. Click here to see some photos from inside the new center.

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.