The Future of Veterinary Medicine Starts Here

For 140 years, CSU has been at the forefront of innovations in veterinary education, animal care, biomedical discovery, and public health. Now it’s time to lay the foundation for the next century of compassionate care, groundbreaking research in animal and human health, and continuing our legacy of exceptional veterinary education.

The Veterinary Health and Education Complex sets the stage for a world-class program, right here in Colorado and allows us to meet the demand for highly trained veterinarians.

Innovating Veterinary Education

CSU is on the leading edge of veterinary education, how we teach students is as important as what we teach them.

Unleashing Extraordinary Animal Care

This expansion will enhance our ability to provide exceptional diagnostics and treatment.

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Prioritizing Wellness and Sustainability

Advances in veterinary science benefit public health for all.

The world faces an unprecedented shortage of veterinary health experts. Our region has an especially fast-growing veterinary market due to increasing population, a high standard of living, and a culture of animal companionship. These factors are fueling the need for a state-of-the-art facility here in Fort Collins, CO. With your help, we will shape the future of veterinary medicine.

News and Updates

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Denver Post: Colorado running short on veterinarians as number of pets increases

To meet the demand for veterinary service, whether in rural areas or at Denver-area clinics, CSU plans to expand its facilities and programs on the Fort Collins campus. The first phase of what’s been dubbed the Veterinary Health and Education Complex, or VHEC, will include a new primary care center and a new livestock veterinary hospital.

5280: Can Vet Techs Help Cure Colorado’s Vet Shortage?

Last year, CSU completed a survey of more than 700 veterinary care professionals in Colorado; 67 percent of them reported having to turn away patients every week because they’re too busy. Colorado is boosting care for pets by increasing incoming veterinary students that will be accommodated by the 2026 completion of the CSU Veterinary Health and Education Complex.

Fox 31: CSU breaks ground on new veterinary complex as industry faces challenges

Colorado State University hit a major milestone Thursday after breaking ground on a new Veterinary Health and Education Complex. This $230 million project is aimed at positioning CSU to be the leader in veterinary medicine. The build comes at a crucial time for the industry that faces a statewide veterinarian shortage and mental health crisis.

Photo gallery: Veterinary Health and Education Complex Groundbreaking Celebration

Colorado State University hosted a groundbreaking celebration May 2 to mark the start of construction on its new Veterinary Health and Education Complex, a $230 million expansion of the veterinary medicine and education facilities on the university’s South Campus in Fort Collins.

AVMA News: Number of NAVLE test takers increase as overall scores decrease

In Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis announced a plan on February 12 to have the state provide $50 million in funding toward Colorado State University (CSU)’s new Veterinary Health and Education Complex. The CSU System Board of Governors has already approved a $230 million upgrade and expansion of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, allowing the university to add 30 veterinary students to its incoming class in the fall of 2026, increasing the class size from 138 to 168.

Coloradoan: CSU’s vet school expansion, UNC’s new medical school may be funded by state

“I think the state’s vision to package this along with all these other health care activities really speaks to the growing importance of that One Health concept,” said CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank, a former professor of veterinary science at CSU and practicing veterinarian. “The health of humans, the health of animals — whether it’s zoonotic diseases, environmental factors, the health of our planet — these things are all linked together, and we’re really proud to be part of this. We’ll put it to good use.”

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