New D.V.M. Students

Welcome to our new students! As an incoming student you may feel excited and overwhelmed; however, reviewing and completing the content on this website will help ease the transition and prepare you to start the program.

Below are two equally important sections: Orientation and Preparing for Classes. Be sure to thoroughly read each. If you have questions, email the contact identified next to the topic heading.

The D.V.M. orientation team is planning 2022 Orientation activities. Orientation will be managed in a manner necessary to ensure the highest level of safety for students and staff, and will follow university policies for campus activities and group gatherings as they are made available. Students will be kept up to date through this website and email communications. This website will be updated as more information becomes available.

Section I: Orientation

Incoming D.V.M. students are required to participate in orientation. Activities planned throughout the week will help students become acquainted with each other and with important policies. Please email Adrienne Marcus with any concerns regarding participation.

Schedule/Week Overview

Students are expected to be present for the week-long orientation occurring August 16-20.

2022 Orientation Schedule Overview

Contact: Adrienne Marcus

RAM Outdoor Leadership Experience (ROLE) - CSU Mountain Campus

Students will spend the day at the CSU Mountain Campus either Wednesday (Aug. 17) or Thursday (Aug. 18) depending on group assignments, which will be communicated in early August. Buses are provided to transport students from Fort Collins to the CSU Mountain Campus, a two-hour ride into the mountains west of town.

Plan to meet at the CSU Tennis Courts (2400 Research Blvd, Fort Collins, CO 80526) at 6 a.m for a 6:15 a.m. departure.

Friday - Oath and Passages (Coating) Ceremony

Orientation week concludes with a special ceremony to recognize students as they commence their formal veterinary education. There are no dress code requirements; however, business casual is most common. All students are encouraged to attend. Students are able to bring up to 3 guests, and a livestream will be available for viewing.

When: Friday, Aug. 19; from 2-4 p.m.
NOTE: This event is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate allowing guests to attend. Mask requirement is TBD.

Hilton Fort Collins
425 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, Colo. 80526

Contact: Lisa Shugarts

Section II: Preparing for Classes

Email and Setting Up and eID

To access required university systems including RAMweb (to pay tuition, accept financial aid, register for classes, etc.), and the university email account, students must establish an eID.

Beginning in July, D.V.M. Program faculty and staff will send all communication-related materials to your university email account.

For help checking your university email account, please visit the Email Accounts page from the Division of IT.

If you elect to establish privacy settings on your email account, then you will not be included on the Class of 2026 listserv and therefore will not receive emails from our office. We do not recommend this for most people. However, if this is necessary for your unique situation, then you must physically come to the D.V.M. Student Services office with a picture ID for us to manually add you to the class listserv.

Obtain Rabies Vaccinations

Incoming D.V.M. students are required to receive a series of three rabies vaccinations within 45 days of beginning the D.V.M. Program (by October 10th).

You may complete the 28-day series over the summer through your primary care provider. If for logistical or insurance reasons you prefer to wait until you are on campus, you may schedule directly with the CSU Health Network by calling (970) 491-7121.

Notes on insurance:

  • Students with CSU health insurance will need to wait until August 1 to start the vaccination series.
  • Students with Medicaid should make an appointment with the Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • Those with Kaiser insurance will be required to pay out of pocket if they are seen at the CSU Health Network.
  • All other insurances will be billed by CSU Health Network; however, it is the responsibility of the student to consult their insurance company regarding coverage and associated costs.

If you wish to seek an exemption or delay due to COVID-19 or other reasons, please submit an exemption request as described in the Rabies Policy.

If you receive your vaccinations outside of CSU, you will need to upload your records to your Student Health Portal (select rabies vaccinations from the drop down menu).

If you received your rabies vaccinations more than two years ago, you will be required to obtain a titer and get a booster if needed.

Contact: Adrienne Marcus

Get a CSU RAMCard

It is recommended that students obtain a RAMCard by the fist day of class in order to access first-year facilities. Consider getting your RAMCard before orientation week to avoid long lines. Make sure to bring proper identification! Click here for more information.

Get VTH Badge

After carefully reviewing the guidelines below, submit a photo to the director’s office by September 4 at midnight.

Photo guidelines:

  • JPEG format, color photo (no black and white)
  • No larger than 1200×1600 pixels
  • At least 300×300 pixels
  • Photo should not be stretched, compressed, too bright, or too dark
  • Solid white or off-white background (no door frames, wall texture, or other people’s shoulders/arms/hands if photo is cropped from a group photo)
  • Full face and shoulders only wearing the blue lab smock provided at orientation or a navy blue shirt
  • Looking straight ahead (no profile or 3/4 angle)
  • No hats, caps, or sunglasses
  • No animals or props
  • A straight face or a smile – no funny faces
  • Eyes open/visible, and looking forward
  • Glasses are allowed as long as there is no glare that hides eyes
  • Head scarves are allowed, but must not cover the face
  • Religious garments are allowed as long as they do not cover the face

VetText

Visit the VetText website for information about ordering books and supplies.

Complete Required New Student Forms

Please complete all forms listed below by July 18:

Contact: Adrienne Marcus

Tuition and Financial Aid

Make sure to:

Other Useful Information