For several years, CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Hospital, 300
W. Drake Road, has provided both pets and owners with excellence in
research, medical care, love and hope.
“I see ‘miracles’ performed by our clinicians on almost a daily
basis,” said David Lee, hospital director at the Veterinary
Hospital. “I look at the advancement in our oncology section with
the most awe because many of the cancers we now cure, were cases we
had lack of alternatives for just 10 years ago.”
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital, consists of and specializes in
several different clinical programs including anesthesia,
cardiology, neurology and oncology, while also providing grief
counseling at the Argus Institute and alternative therapies through
the Shipley Center for Natural Healing (are they at the
“The Argus Institute, for example, is a remarkable resource to
the VTH, as it has provided training in client communication and
grief counseling for over 20 years, something that almost every
veterinary college in the U.S. is struggling to incorporate into
its curriculum,” Lee said.
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at
CSU is currently ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report and
is one of the most well-known veterinary hospitals both nationally
Lee said the VTH receives the majority of international
recognition from its ability to attract top faculty who continue to
drive the profession through innovation in basic and applied
research, which in turn benefits students.
“Maintaining a cutting-edge research program ensures that
veterinary students at CSU are exposed to the very latest
advancements in the profession,” he said. “Students are an integral
part of the VTH staff and greatly benefit from the experience they
Thomas Allen, a third-year vet student and president of the
Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association,
feels the VTH allows future vet students a firsthand idea of what a
career in veterinary medicine will be like.
“Veterinary medicine is a very intense and demanding
profession,” he said. “It is also one of the most rewarding and
Allen said the outstanding faculty at the VTH is an important
component in the hospital’s success.
“The dedication (of the faculty) to educate the next generation
of veterinarians is impressive to say the least. Anyone who is
thinking of becoming a veterinarian will benefit immensely from
working at the VTH,” Allen said.
In Allen’s opinion, CSU has the best veterinary hospital in the
“I certainly feel privileged to be a student at this hospital
and believe that the education I am receiving is the best that can
be obtained anywhere,” he said.
Lynda Reed, an administrative assistant at the Animal Cancer
Center believes the best aspects of the VTH are its willingness to
both help and serve the animals.
“We want to make a difference in the animals that we treat,” she
said. “While walking through the hospital, I am always amazed at
the tenderness that the doctors, students and staff show toward the
pets that are hospitalized.”
Reed said people come from all over the world to seek treatment
and hope at the VTH and especially at the Animal Cancer Center.
“Last year we had a client from Romania bring his Rottweiler
here for surgery,” she said. “I think that is incredible.”
Although there are many reasons the VTH is known nationally and
internationally, Reed feels the clients and faculty are the most
“Our clients spread the word about their excellent experiences
at CSU-VTH,” she said. “We also have a wonderful faculty who write
many medical books that students and veterinarians use throughout
At the Animal Cancer Center in particular, a lot of research is
done with animal companions, which is something extremely important
“It is so rewarding to see how our research is benefiting so
many others,” she said. “Collaboration is huge in cancer research.
The more teams fighting cancer and collaborating, the easier it is
Reed is one of the many people who are extremely proud of the
VTH and the benefits it provides.
“Everyone that works at the VTH really does make a difference
everyday, even if they are not aware that they do,” she said.