Veterinary Teaching Hospital still open; providing critical services

Update: In accordance with the Safer at Home policy that went into effect April 27, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is now accepting appointments. Clients and veterinarians should call (970) 297-5000 for scheduling. The check-in process remains unchanged; clients are not allowed inside the building and staff is wearing personal protective equipment.

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Technician Nicole Luke greets Kobe for his appointment outside the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The parking lot is serving as the waiting room to protect clients and clinicians during the COVID-19 outbreak. (William A. Cotton/CSU photo)

The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing care to large and small animal patients. Our essential services include ambulatory care involving urgent, emergency, and surgical management for illness and injuries, treatment of chronic disease, and herd health services.

Urgent care and emergency services continue to operate 24/7, and some specialties are now offering telemedicine consultations. For appointments, emergencies, and procedures, clients are asked to remain in their cars and call in when they arrive. To maintain safety, a staff member in appropriate personal protective equipment will come out to gather information and take the animal into the hospital for its exam.

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Staff members are using personal protective equipment for patient intake at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. (CVMBS photo)

For more information about a specific service’s availability, questions about the current check-in process, or if a client would like to leave a message for their pet’s provider, please call the hospital’s main line at (970) 297-5000.

Critical and intermediate care inpatient units continue to support specialized care of post-operative patients as well as patients whose conditions are life-threatening and who require comprehensive care and constant monitoring.

In support of our outpatient and inpatient services, our pharmacy, imaging and veterinary diagnostic lab are all open.

“We are committed to the health and well-being of our clients, patients, and staff,” said Dr. Craig Webb, interim hospital director. “Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to provide timely, high quality care during this difficult time.”

Hospital services are still available to referring veterinarians as well, said Webb. “Specialty services are available to see cases that should not be significantly delayed, consult with primary DVMs, or offer telemedicine options where appropriate. Please call so we can determine the best option for your client’s animal.”

Other services within the CSU Veterinary Health System are open, with some adaptations to the current public health situation:

  • Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories: Open during normal business hours and testing all samples received, but clients may notice a longer turnaround time than normal.
  • Equine Reproduction Laboratory: Open and providing clinical services for stallions, mares, and foals. Clients should call the front desk at (970) 491-8626 upon arrival.

Live Q&A for referring veterinarians

Join interim hospital director Dr. Craig Webb and representatives from hospital services on Monday, April 20 at noon for a Q&A about current hospital operations, service offerings, and appointment and procedure availability. The session will also be recorded.

The live discussion will be hosted through Microsoft Teams – event details and a link to the live event will be updated via Facebook.