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Campus community invited to Diagnostic Medicine Center dedication Sept. 11

Updated September 3, 2009

The campus community is invited to attend the dedication of the new Diagnostic Medicine Center at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building is located just north of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 300 West Drake Road.

Uniquely designed new building 

Colorado State University completed the uniquely designed, $42 million state-funded building in June. It houses the college’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the university’s Extension veterinarian, the Clinical Pathology Laboratory and the Animal Population Health Institute.

Free parking is available directly west of the new building.


  • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Meet Cam the Ram, a Rambouillet ram
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon, Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting, emceed by Dr. Lance Perryman, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Speakers include President Tony Frank and Dr. Barb Powers, director of the diagnostic laboratories.
  • Noon-12:30 p.m., Reception
  • 12:30-2 p.m., Tours of the new building

Parking will be limited. Fifty spaces will be reserved in the lot west of the VTH for off-campus dignitaries and special guests. Overflow parking is available in lots east and north of the Diagnostic Medicine Center.

Guests at the event will include:

  • Joe Blake, chancellor of the CSU System
  • Randy Fischer, state representative
  • John Kefalas, state representative
  • Steve Johnson, county commissioner
  • Patrick McConathy, chair of the CSU System Board of Governors

100,300-square-foot laboratory

The 100,300-square-foot laboratory features a central atrium with abundant natural lighting and 88,000 square feet of modern laboratory and office space. The university broke ground on the new facility in December 2007.

Testing services across the region

The university’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides disease testing services to veterinarians and their clients, many state and federal agencies, livestock owners and pet owners. The laboratories diagnose ill animals, recommend further diagnostic strategies and monitor the health of animals across the state and region. In this capacity, the laboratories help detect and prevent diseases in animals and diseases affecting public health. In addition, education is provided to the next generation of veterinarians and laboratory diagnosticians.

The clinical pathology laboratory provides services such as blood, fluid and urine analysis and cytology to identify diseases and illnesses in animals that are brought to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital or to veterinarians in the region. The lab also educates veterinary students and residents.

500,000 diagnostic tests each year

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which has been operating out of 15,000 square feet across several locations at the Veterinary Medical Center, processes about 500,000 diagnostic tests, including necropsies, each year. The building includes 2,000 square feet of biosecurity Level 3 laboratory space.

It also features abundant necropsy space and an additional 1,200 square feet of biosecurity Level 2 necropsy space. The veterinary diagnostic laboratory also is one of seven labs in the nation selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, and is a core laboratory of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

Improving health of animals

The Animal Population Health Institute encourages collaboration and information and expertise exchange in veterinary epidemiology among scientists at Colorado State, collaborating institutions and government agencies throughout the world.

The institute focuses on collaborative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health of animal populations, to prevent and control infectious and other important diseases of animals, and to contribute to national and international animal disease policymaking processes by providing a better understanding of disease epidemiology and pathogenesis.

The university's Extension veterinarian provides services and education to the state's animal owners to protect the health of animals and the economic viability of the state's animal-driven economy.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009