Vida = animal and human health building

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 find: 

  • 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!


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

Vida will open in January  2022; it is designed by The Clark Enersen Partners

Learn more about Vida here.

What to expect at Vida

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“ON SHOW” SPACES

Visitors to Vida will be able to watch and interact with veterinarians as they conduct surgeries or work to rehabilitate horses using tools like underwater treadmills.

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COMMUNITY VETERINARY SERVICES

Vida will host a veterinary clinic for companion animals serving qualified families in the neighborhoods surrounding Spur and beyond.

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LIVING SPACE

Vida will offer dorms and apartments for students and visitors to the Spur campus.

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Dirt is moving!

Our construction camera on site takes a new picture every 15 minutes.

CSU Spur partners on site at Vida

The services the Dumb Friends League will provide at CSU Spur play a vital role in the organization’s mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at Spur will offer low-cost veterinary services and spay and neuter surgeries to pets with owners experiencing financial challenges. Additionally, the Dumb Friends League will offer humane education opportunities to inspire children and adults with lessons of compassion, respect, and proper care for animals.

The Temple Grandin Equine Center will open a second location of CSU’s equine-assisted services at the CSU Spur Vida building. Research will be conducted while providing related services to individuals faced with a broad range of special challenges and disabilities. Services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, behavioral counseling and therapy, and adaptive horsemanship activities. Programming has been underway at a nearby temporary location in Denver while Vida is being built.

CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ presence at CSU Spur is an opportunity to engage and inspire the public. CVMBS will not only be able to offer the highest level of animal care to companion animals and equine athletes in the space, but the public will be able to view surgeries and rehabilitation that usually take place behind closed doors, in a model that showcases science and health and inspires students to think about new career paths.