Role: Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, CSU Fort Collins
How are you connected to CSU Spur?
I work on sourcing and developing content for veterinary cases.
When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?
I produce CSU’s VR animal anatomy program that is used for outreach at the K-12 level, as well as teaching in our undergraduate, graduate, and DVM programs. Integrating the VR content into the cases was a natural fit for me, and as a veterinarian who teaches anatomy and physiology using a case-based approach, the cases for Spur have been an opportunity to integrate my veterinary knowledge with teaching and outreach experiences
What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?
Engagement, education, and empowerment are my three main goals for my role in Spur as well as my students. As humans we are the primary caregivers for our families, our pets, and our planet even if that’s not our primary job. When we are engaged, we are learning the “why” as well as the “what” and we are empowered to use that knowledge as agents of change. To me, being empowered is not just the capacity to deal with something on my own, but also knowing when I need help and when a team approach or an expert is needed to help resolve a situation. I know that Spur will become a place for engagement, education, and empowerment so that we can more effectively care for our families, our pets, and our planet.
What would you like others to know about Spur?
As much as we would love for everyone to come to Spur, we recognize that this may not be possible for everyone. Many of the learning resources at Spur are being developed so that they can be brought to schools or programs and create that same engagement, education, and empowerment at a local level.