To live is to be connected — to people, to community, to animals. The Vida building embodies this connectivity between human and animal life, as well as the connectivity of the Spur campus to the diverse cultures and Latinx ties within the surrounding neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea.
The CSU Spur Vida building will focus on animal and human health, leveraging CSU’s world-class veterinary medicine program. Vida will:
The CSU Spur campus will be an art destination that reflects the local and global communities. Art at Vida will include works by Priscila De Carvalho and Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton of Houston’s RE:site Studio.
Vida broke ground in May 2020 and will open in early 2022; it is designed by The Clark Enersen Partners.
The services the Dumb Friends League will provide at CSU Spur play a vital role in the organization’s mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Veterinary Hospital at Spur will offer low cost veterinary services to pets whose owners cannot afford to provide this care. The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic at Spur will offer spay and neuter surgeries at reduced fees to help reduce the number of cats on our streets and in our shelters. Additionally, the League will offer humane education opportunities to inspire children and adults with lessons of compassion, respect and proper care for animals.
The Temple Grandin Equine Center will host a second location of CSU’s equine-assisted activities and therapies at the CSU Spur Vida building. EAAT research will be conducted while providing related services to individuals faced with a broad range of special challenges and disabilities. EAAT services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, behavioral counseling and therapy, and adaptive horsemanship activities. Programming is underway at a temporary location at the existing National Western Complex and will be expanded into the CSU Spur Vida building in 2022.
CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences‘ presence at CSU Spur is an opportunity to engage and inspire the public. CVMBS will not only be able to offer the highest level of animal care to companion animals and equine athletes in the space, but the public will be able to view surgeries and rehabilitation that usually take place behind closed doors, in a model that showcases science and health, and inspires students to think about new career paths.