CSU Spur is working to reach full capacity of programming throughout 2022; please note that not all programming is currently available every day. Please check the CSU Spur calendar of events for a daily schedule.

The first building at CSU Spur is now open to the public, year-round!

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.

At Vida, visitors can watch dogs and cats in surgery and hear directly from the veterinarians performing the surgeries. A mock exam clinic is available for kids to try their hand at being a veterinarian, and exhibits throughout the building and virtual reality supplement the real-world experiences.

Seven horses live on-site at the Vida building and assist with human therapy sessions – visitors can watch human therapy sessions on horseback and get a front-row seat to the healing power of the animal-human bond. Vida also offers equine sports medicine and rehabilitation, and visitors can watch equine athletes undergo strength conditioning and therapy sessions themselves, including walking on underwater treadmills.

Art 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.

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Bring your group to CSU Spur!

In addition to self-guided experiences, CSU Spur is free and open to school groups, field trips, after-school programs and summer camps, and more!

What you’ll see at Vida

Download a map of Vida here.

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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

  • Dorms and apartments for students and visitors to the CSU Spur campus

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.