Colorado State University


The following is a list of some of the activities hosted by SVECCS throughout the school year. In order to participate, students must be a paid member of SVECCS. Dates and times for labs will be posted on WebCT, in the Freshman Cubes, the Sophomore Lounge and the Junior Lounge. If more people are interested than there are spots available in the lab, a lottery system will be used to determine who will be able to participate. Members attending rounds will have the first opportunity to sign up for labs and will thus avoid the lottery system.


SVECCS rounds will be held periodically in the VTH or Pathology. Times will be announced via e-mail, on the WebCT calendar, and on flyers. Clinicians and technicians will present emergency cases and involve students in discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of emergency and critical care patients.


The CCU Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for veterinary students at CSU to work with patients in the Critical Care Unit at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Volunteer hours are Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and weekends. These hours encompass both afternoon rounds and evening treatments. In order to participate, students must first attend the CCU orientation meeting. When volunteering, students will be assigned to a senior student and will assist that student with patient care and monitoring. Only two people can volunteer in a block of time. Once the member has paid dues and taken the orientation course, they will have access to the CCU volunteer calendar via the SVECCS link on their WebCT homepage, where they can enter their names for any available time slots. Due to the limited number of people who can volunteer each night, we encourage students to sign up early.


This lab is offered to freshmen, sophomores and juniors and is taught by clinicians or senior students. Participants are instructed in small animal CPR techniques with individual, two person, and three person groups.


This lab is offered to sophomore and junior students. ECGs will be presented to participants and diagnoses of the rhythms and appropriate treatments will be discussed. This lab is a great way to practice what you are learning or brush up on what you have learned about diagnosing and treating various arrhythmias.


This lab is offered to junior students to prepare them for calculating and administering medications via constant rate infusions. The ability to quickly and accurately calculate a CRI is an essential skill for the senior rotation in CCU.


This is a course offered through SVECCS to the members of the local community (not for vet students). The course is a combination of lecture and dry lab covering a variety of information about emergencies a pet owner might face. Topics include heat stroke, trauma, snake bite, allergic reaction, poisoning and more. The first part of the course is a lecture presented by a CCU clinician. The second part of the course rotates participants through dry labs taught by CSU veterinary students. The labs cover small animal CPR, how to safely transport injured pets, how to control bleeding, how to recognize and handle a GDV before veterinary help can be obtained, and common animal toxins and poisonings. The course is intended to help a pet owner recognize and manage an emergency situation prior to obtaining veterinary care. It is not intended to replace care by a licensed veterinarian, but to increase the chances of pet survival in an emergency situation.