Equine Reproduction Lab to be rebuilt

An artist's rendering of the new ERL building.
An artist’s rendering of the new ERL building.

Less than a year after its main building was destroyed by an early morning fire, CSU’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory is being overhauled and rebuilt.

Teaching and research, as well as client services, have continued in other buildings throughout Equine Reproduction Laboratory grounds. Researchers examine more than 500 client horses each year, and the Laboratory has been an active part of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory since 1967.

“We are grateful to the university and community for their support over the past year and look forward to continuing the long and prestigious research that occurs at the ERL,” said Dr. Colin Clay, chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in a press release. “We want to reconnect our alumni and friends with the laboratory and share stories of our faculty and students who are improving animal and human lives around the globe.”

Construction has begun on a new 12,200-square-foot laboratory complex, which will be completely updated and much larger than the buildings it replaces. The new buildings are expected to be completed by March 2013.

“Once we recovered from our initial shock because of loss of ERL to fire, we went back to work,” said Dr. Pat McCue, a professor of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the Iron Rose Ranch Chair in Equine Reproduction in a press release. “The new building is going to be much bigger and serve the next several decades for what we – and our clients – need. Rebuilding the ERL will ensure our mission of being the premier horse reproduction center in the world.”

Money from insurance will cover some of the construction costs, but fundraising projects are underway. For information on how to support the Equine Reproduction Laboratory and more information about it see http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/ns/_news/csu-equine-laboratory-support/index.aspx.