Melinda Frye

Associate Dean - DVM Program Biomedical Sciences

W-102 AZ

(970) 491-2009

About Melinda

Dr. Melinda Frye is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and serves as the Associate Dean for Veterinary Academic and Student Affairs. Originally a critical care R.N., Dr. Frye received her DVM from CSU in 1996. She served as an associate veterinarian in a mixed animal practice in rural Idaho before returning to CSU to complete an internship and residency in large animal internal medicine. Dr. Frye became an American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine diplomate in 2001. She pursued a doctorate in physiology thereafter, emphasizing vascular biology as a member of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Cardiovascular Pulmonary Research Laboratory. She returned to the CSU Department of Biomedical Sciences in 2007, initiating her teaching in the DVM program and conducting research using dietary interventions in rodents to explore the myocardial response to fatty acids. Since assuming the Associate Dean role in 2014, Dr. Frye’s research focus has shifted to DVM curriculum and educational programming. She served as Chair of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Academic Affairs Committee in 2018-2019, and is currently a member of the AAVMC Competency-Based Veterinary Education Working Group (Advocacy subgroup). Dr. Frye enjoys the collaboration of many talented DVM faculty members in exploring DVM curriculum renewal, with planned implementation in the Fall of 2022. Dr. Frye is grateful to work with a talented, multifaceted group of individuals who comprise the DVM Services Team. Collectively, these individuals provide support of DVM students through financial and career advising; counseling and wellbeing services; scheduling, registration and graduation assistance; first year orientation; scholarships; promotion of best practices in education; use of data for program improvement; international and regional experiential opportunities; and DVM admissions. Dr. Frye historically provided instruction in cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology to graduate and first year DVM students. She currently instructs first year DVM students in cardiovascular physiology and coaches within the third-year communications practicum.


Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2005D.V.M., Colorado State University, 1996M.S., Colorado State University, 2001B.S.N., Linfield College, 1987


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Licensed in state of Colorado)
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal)
Fear Free Level Three Certification
Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine


Kendall LV, Nelson VR, Frye MA. Characterizing the Use of Rank in Veterinary Intern and Resident Selection. Accepted to JAVMA May 2020.Avery AC, Dowers KL, West AB, Graham BJ, Hellyer P, Avery PR, Ballweber LR, Hassel DM, Oaks JF, Frye MA. Student, faculty, and program outcomes associated with capstone examinations administered to veterinary students at Colorado State University. JAVMA 2020; 257:165-175.Jones C, Fouty JR, Lucas RB, Frye MA. Integrating Individual Student Advising into Financial Education to Optimize Financial Literacy in Veterinary Students. J Vet Med Educ 2019;46:562-572.Johnstone ECS, Frye MA, Lord LK, Baysinger AK, Edwards-Callaway LN. Knowledge and opinions of third year veterinary students relevant to animal welfare before and after implementation of a core welfare course. Front Vet Sci 2019; 6:103. Jeckel KM, Bouma GJ, Hess AM, Petrilli EB, Frye MA. Dietary fatty acids alter left ventricular myocardial gene expression in Wistar rats. Nutr Res 2014; 34:694-706. Jeckel KM, Veeramachaneni DNR, Chicco AJ, Chapman PL, Mulligan CM, Hegarty JR, Pagliassotti MJ, Ferguson LA, Bouma GJ, Frye MA. DHA supplementation does not improve Western diet-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. PLoS ONE 2012; 7:e51994.

Research Specialty

Myocardial response to dietary fatty acidsProfessional veterinary education curriculum and programmingClinical Specialty: Large Animal, Equine Predominant