Dr. David Van Metre celebration of life planned for April 24

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Dr. David Van Metre holds a lamb during a 2015 lambing camp at the Warren Livestock Ranch in Wyoming. (Richard Haro/CSU photo)


Dr. David Van Metre, CSU professor of livestock medicine and surgery, passed away on April. 1. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will host a celebration of his life for colleagues, students, friends and family on April 24, at the C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute, 2350 Gillette Drive, Fort Collins. The reception will begin at 3:30 p.m., remarks will begin at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting letters of remembrance addressed to Dr. Van Metre’s two sons, Aaron and Joe. Letters can be brought to the ceremony, or dropped off/sent to:

CSU Department of Clinical Sciences, Attn: Deb Liptak, Room A210G, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

In response to requests from the veterinary community, a scholarship fund has been established in Dr. Van Metre’s name. Find more details on the Dr. David Van Metre Memorial Scholarship here.


David Copley Van Metre obituary

From Bohlender Funeral Chapel, April 7

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Dr. David Van Metre

David Copley Van Metre, age 55, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Monday, April 1. He was desperately loved and esteemed by his family and friends. Dave was well-known through his work at the veterinary school, but his greatest joy came at home with his wife and their two boys. Dave was a very committed and involved father and took great joy in watching his boys’ athletic and other accomplishments. He was selfless, wise, loving, and infinitely kind. He was a light to those who were lucky enough to be part of his life.

He was born in Salina, Kansas, on March 5, 1964. He graduated Omaha Central High in 1982. He was a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Veterinary School. He was an Academic All-American football player while at Cornell. His academic training included UC Davis, Washington State, Kansas State and a few others. Dr. Van Metre was a livestock veterinarian at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 20 years. He was a gifted teacher and veterinarian, a beloved mentor, and a man of strength, wisdom and kindness. He remained humble and kind despite his many achievements.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Robin Van Metre; two sons, Aaron and Joe; his father, David Ure Van Metre; and his brother, James. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Van Metre.

Dave was a loving father, mentor, coach and friend. It is with great sorrow that we note his passing. A memorial service will be offered in the near future to commemorate his life. Friends may send condolences to the family at Bohlender Funeral Chapel.