Vida = animal and human health building

The first building at CSU Spur is now open to the public, year-round! Plan your trip to the Vida building today!

Vida is Spanish for life. To live is to be connected — to people, to community, to animals. The Vida building embodies this connectivity between human and animal life, as well as the connectivity of the Spur campus to the diverse cultures and Latinx ties within the surrounding neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea.

When you visit the Vida building at CSU Spur, you’ll see: 

  • Connections to CSU’s world-class veterinary medicine program
  • The second location of CSU’s Temple Grandin Equine Center, where horses will assist with human therapy sessions, and visitors can watch them in action
  • A Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital offering a donor-subsidized clinic for companion animals, and an opportunity for the public to watch dogs and cats in surgery 
  • Horses building strength or rehabilitating — watch them walk on underwater treadmills!
  • Dorms and apartments for students and visitors to the Spur campus.

Art located at Vida includes installations by Priscila De Carvalho, and Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton of Houston’s RE:site Studio.

Vida opened in January 2022; it is designed by Clark & Enersen.

Today at CSU Spur (Jan. 21):
  • 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Cat and dog surgeries
  • 9-9:45 a.m. — Temple Grandin Equine Center demonstration 
  • 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. — Virtual Reality demonstration
  • 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. — Kid’s mock vet clinic open
  • 10a.m.-12 p.m. — How to Meet a Dog: Dumb Friends League program
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m. — Temple Grandin Equine Center demonstration
  • 11-11:15 a.m. — Equine underwater treadmill demonstration
  • 12-12:45 p.m. — Temple Grandin Equine Center demonstration
  • 1-1:15 p.m. — Equine underwater treadmill demonstration
  • 1-3 p.m. — How to Meet a Dog: Dumb Friends League program

What you’ll see at Vida

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Level 1

  • Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital on-show clinic
  • Temple Grandin Equine Center
  • Exhibits
  • Mock Exam Clinic
  • Virtual Reality classroom
  • 9-foot mechanical kitten
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Level 2

  • Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital spay-and-neuter clinic
  • Temple Grandin Equine Center viewing areas
  • Exhibits
  • Equine Sports Medicine viewing area
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Level 3

  • Residence spaces

CSU Spur partners on site at Vida

The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at Spur offers low-cost veterinary services and spay and neuter surgeries to pets whose owners who are experiencing financial challenges. Select veterinary procedures will be visible to the public, and visitors can watch veterinarians at work and speak with them to learn more about the procedures. Additionally, the Dumb Friends League offers humane education opportunities to inspire children and adults with lessons of compassion, respect, and proper care for animals.

The Temple Grandin Equine Center at CSU Spur is CSU’s second TGEC location providing equine-assisted services. Research is conducted while providing related services to individuals with a broad range of challenges and disabilities. Services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, behavioral counseling and therapy, and adaptive horsemanship activities.

The Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation space at CSU Spur offers services to equine athletes ranging from rehabilitation on underwater treadmills to vibration therapy and acupuncture. The services are visible to the public and reflect the expertise and offerings of CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.