Horse cents at CMC |

Horse cents at CMC

Last Thursday Colorado Mountain College unveiled the Nancy Morgan Smith Veterinary Technology Center and the Miracle Max Equine Teaching Barn.

The buildings, which are located on a 220-acre farm above South Glenwood, are the newest additions to the veterinary technology program at the school’s Roaring Fork Campus.

CMC named the veterinary technology center in honor of Nancy Morgan Smith, while the Miracle Max Equine teaching barn is named after Lisa Kruidenier’s favorite horse, Miracle Max.

Nancy Morgan Smith set aside a portion of her estate for the college, and last week her two children, Morgan and Sandy, were there to honor her memory at the grand opening.

Alexandra Yajko, chief executive officer of the CMC Foundation, said, “We are grateful for these gifts to be able to memorialize people and animals that have been so important and loved by the people who are here.”

For families like the Smith’s and the Kruidenier’s, who wanted to make generous gifts to the school, Yajko connected their love for horses to the school’s needs.

“This is where they put it together,” said Heidi Steele.

The vet program, which began in 1970, is one of the most reputable, rigorous curriculums in the country. Sixty-five students go through the program each year. “They’re the best,” Anita Witt said.

Because of it’s location in a semi-rural area, the school plays an important role in the valley.

“Our veterinary technicians are compassionate, intelligent, hardworking, highly trained health professionals that are a valuable source of information for all animal owners,” Said Dr. Jeff Myers, director of the veterinary technology program. He is especially grateful to the donors.

This week his students were able to work on their animals inside for the first time.

“If it were not for their vision and sight, we’d be out in the rain and mud,” Myers said.

However, as Carol Dopkin looked around at the six new shiny stalls, she wondered one thing: “I wonder how this will look next year after the horses have been here?”

Then she realized, as a horsewoman herself, she already knew the answer.

“It’ll look even better.”

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