The large-animal wing of Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital was reopened this month following an extensive remodeling project.
The hospital was not admitting large-animal patients following an outbreak of Salmonella infantis in July. Hospital officials worked with experts in developing plans to disinfect the hospital in several stages. All surfaces in the large-animal wing were exposed, scrubbed and disinfected. Then, after all surfaces were determined to be clear of Salmonella, a heavy coat of epoxy paint was applied to the surfaces. The large animal wing now is fully operational.
In addition to remodeling and added improvements to washing facilities, hospital officials developed stringent procedures to prevent the spread of disease, said Wendell Nelson, director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
"The Veterinary Teaching Hospital has gone through several stages of disinfection and remodeling in the course of preparing the facility to better cope with containing infectious disease presented by patients," Nelson said. "The hospital is committed to providing as much protection for patients as possible during diagnostic work-ups and treatment."
Dr. James Voss, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said the remodeling project totaled more than $375,000, including loss of income while the large-animal wing was closed.
"When you’re dealing with something like this, there’s really only one way to go, and that’s to completely remove the problem," Voss said. "That doesn’t come cheaply, but it was a necessary step for us to take. We want our clients and the public to have complete confidence when bringing their animals to us for care."