Media Advisory: Colorado State University Breaks Ground on Diagnostic Medicine Center

WHAT:     Colorado State University will break ground on a $42 million Diagnostic Medicine Center at the Veterinary Medical Center. The Diagnostic Medicine Center will house the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Clinical Pathology Laboratory, the Animal Population Health Institute and the university’s Extension veterinarian.


WHERE:      Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Room 120 at the Animal Cancer Center at the Veterinary Medical Center, 300 W. Drake Road.

DETAILS:     Reporters interested in attending should RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 to Dell Rae Moellenberg at 970-491-6009 or

Colorado State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Clinical Pathology Laboratory provide services to pet owners, livestock owners and government agencies such as the Division of Wildlife. The laboratories diagnose and recommend treatments for ill animals in addition to monitoring the health of animals across the state. The diagnostic laboratory, for example, houses the testing services for avian flu in poultry and wild birds for the entire state. The veterinary diagnostic laboratory 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.

The Animal Population Health Institute encourages collaboration and exchange of information and expertise 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 in an effort to protect the health of animals and the economic viability of the state’s animal-driven economy.