The building previously housing the Diagnostic Lab offices on the south campus is being remodeled into a laboratory that will allow the APHI to relocate from the Environmental Health building on the main campus. The remodel includes offices, a clean room, a gel lab, an RNA lab, a virology lab, as well as an autoclave, biosafety cabinet and chemical hood, and a -80 degree freezer. The project was funded by the Vice President for Research and the CVMBS Dean's Office. This project was completed in September 2011.
CVMBS Facilities has remodeled the general assignment classrooms in Pathology, Physiology, and at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This project, which was funded by the most recent university bond issue, will encompass multiple phases over the next few years. The current remodels include new seating, flooring, lighting, audio-visual teaching technology, and acoustics.
The Lake Street Parking Garage offices were completed late spring of 2011, and now house much of the Dean's Office staff. This project allowed the Dean's Office to consolidate scattered staff into a central location that is easily accessible to all three campuses and our internal customers.
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital completed construction on a state-of-the-art, small-animal isolation unit that will help veterinarians provide the highest quality care to infectious patients and dramatically reduce exposure risks to other patients at the hospital. For veterinarians in private practice, the new isolation unit offers a place to send infectious patients they can’t house in their own clinics without putting other patients at risk. This project met all AVMA accreditation requirements, including exterior entrance to each of the three isolation wards, as well as monitoring cameras and HEPA filter exhaust. The new unit was put into service during the winter of 2010. The isolation unit was completed with one-time College and University construction funds.
After extensive analysis and customer input, the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital redesigned the reception counter to improve the initial contact with clients as well as alleviate lines and wait times. The redesign, which was completed in early 2010, now allows the VTH reception staff to focus solely on clients coming into the hospital and the needs of their companion animals. Clients calling the VTH are served by a new Call Center dedicated to taking their calls, making appointments and directing client calls to the right place within the hospital as soon as possible. External and internal directional signage has also been upgraded to better serve VTH clients.
This $219,000 project was funded by the VTH and the Dean's Office, and balances the enhancements of the reception remodel. In addition, the pharmacy window was relocated and expanded with a second window to alleviate lines and wait times for our clients. Completed in May 2011, clients can now pay their bill, check on their pet’s status, get connected to a clinician or student, or get help with other needs all at the new Customer Service desk.
In November 2009, Colorado State University installed a PET/CT scanner that was the first of its kind dedicated to serving the needs of veterinary patients. The scanner’s unique big bore feature gives the hospital the ability to image equine and other large animal patients more easily and provide positioning flexibility when scanning oncology veterinary patients. The new Gemini TruFlight Big Bore PET/CT Philips Healthcare scanner was funded with assistance from appropriation requests from former U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, through NASA and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The University and College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences also contributed required federal matching funds and facility renovation funds. Some of those funds are expected to be recouped through services to hospital clients.
Completed in June 2009, the DMC is situated directly north of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This $42 million project was funded by the state of Colorado over multiple years. The facility houses the main CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the VTH Clinical Pathology Laboratory, the Animal Population Health Institute, and the Colorado State University Extension. “The Diagnostic Medicine Center is not just an incredible facility for CSU, it is a valuable and necessary capital asset for the people of Colorado,” said Dr. Lance Perryman, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.