A letter to referring veterinarians


A quarterly newsletter for referring veterinarians.


September 2019



Craig Webb


Dr. Craig Webb

Hello Friends,


The new group of outstanding interns and residents have been
"on the ground" for over a month now and are clearly going to be a very positive addition to our hospital. Once again CSU has attracted some of the brightest young minds in our profession. I hope you enjoy working with these highly motivated individuals, their interactions with our referring veterinarians are a key component of their education - thanks for helping out!


The new class of third-year DVM students are joining us on the clinic floor. This is a thrilling time for these students as many rotations encourage them to take an active role in appointments as they get their rears out of their lecture hall seats. It helps to remind all of us of the awe, enthusiasm, and inspiration that drove us to this profession in the first place!


You might have heard that the hospital is in the midst of implementing a new electronic medical records system, StringSoft. Some parts are moving forward quite smoothly, other parts are proving more challenging, and some parts will be modified through future software upgrades to meet our needs, and more importantly, the needs of our clients and our referring veterinarians. Again (but not for the last time) let me thank you for your patience and your support.


Craig B. Webb, PhD, DVM, DACVIM
Interim VTH Director
Professor, Small Animal Medicine Service
Colorado State University, Clinical Sciences
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Fort Collins, CO  80526



Clinical trial spotlight


Ocular immunotherapy trial seeks horses with squamous cell carcinoma of the eye


horse eye


Kathryn Wotman

Dr. Kathryn Wotman and her ophthalmology team are seeking to enroll horses with suspected squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the eyelid and limbus (cornea and conjunctiva) in clinical trials investigating new treatments for this very common ocular tumor.  


In order to qualify for the eyelid SCC clinical trial, horses must have a biopsy performed at CSU to confirm the diagnosis of SCC and be otherwise healthy based on initial qualifying criteria. Horses will return to CSU every two weeks for a perilesional injection of the tumor with interferon alpha-2b for a total of four injections.  


Horses with limbal SCC may qualify for a clinical trial using a new immunotherapy topically to the affected eye. Horses are examined every two weeks and depending on the tumor size, horses may receive perilesional injections of the immunotherapy as well.


Referring veterinarians and horse owners may contact Dr. Kathryn Wotman, Assistant Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology, at Kathryn.Wotman@colostate.edu.



CSU veterinary news



Johnson Family Equine Hospital Groundbreaking

Equine hospital breaks ground


The new Johnson Family Equine Hospital will include enhanced laboratory, clinical, and classroom learning opportunities for students, clients, and clinicians. It will cover six acres north of the hospital in the Veterinary Health Complex on CSU's South Campus. Construction will get underway later this fall.





Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

New Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Lab opens


In August, Colorado State University celebrated the grand opening of its new Western Campus in Orchard Mesa. The new campus includes classrooms, meeting spaces, and a 7,717-square-foot state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic laboratory, directed by Dr. Raye Walck.



Contact: Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 3164 B 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81503, vdl_western_slope@colostate.edu.



Rod Page


Dr. Rod Page honored for career achievement in canine research


Dr. Rod Page, professor of medical oncology, Stephen J Withrow Presidential Chair in Oncology, and director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center at CSU's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, received the American Veterinary Medical Association Career Achievement in Canine Research Award at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium on July 27 in Worcester, Mass.

Wayne McIlwraith

Dr. Wayne McIlwraith receives AVMA lifetime research excellence award


Dr. Wayne McIlwraith was honored July 27 by the American Veterinary Medical Association, which presented him with its Lifetime Excellence in Research Award. The awards event was held at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, which was hosted by Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.





Stray animal policy


Please help us educate the public about our stray animal policy. The hospital will accept sick or injured stray animals at any time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sick or injured strays will be treated, stabilized, and transferred to the Larimer Humane Society for follow-up.


We ask that members of the public not bring healthy strays to the hospital during these hours:

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Good Samaritans should take healthy stray animals to the Larimer Humane Society, 3501 E. 71st St. Loveland, (Map), (970) 226-3647.


The hospital will accept healthy stray animals when the Humane Society is closed:

Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-8 a.m.

Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-8 a.m.


Healthy strays will be cared for and transferred to the Humane Society during business hours.



New hospital directory


VTH Directory

Get to know us


Find familiar faces along with new residents and interns in our handy hospital directory, available in print and online.


If you didn't get one in the mail, or want more, please let us know: send an email to mailto:csu-vth@colostate.eduor call us at (970) 297-1269.    



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Please help by taking the D.V.M. Alumni survey


Have you hired a CSU D.V.M. within the last three years?  


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