For more information about the Fall 2020 semester, see the “For New D.V.M. Students” section on our COVID-19 D.V.M. Admissions FAQ.
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 currently planning Fall 2020 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. A more detailed orientation week schedule should be available by mid-July.
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.
Students are expected to be present for the week long orientation occurring August 17-22. A detailed schedule will be provided mid-summer.
Optional Event: Thursday Evening - Friends and Family Virtual Session
During this live, virtual event, friends, family, and students are invited to hear faculty and staff discuss ways to provide support during veterinary school. Please check back mid-summer to register for participation in this optional event.
Contact: Adrienne Marcus
Friday - Oath and Passages Ceremony
Orientation week concludes with a special ceremony to recognize students as they commence their formal veterinary education. We hope friends and family will join us to celebrate this milestone! Tickets are not required but we do request that students RSVP in the designated place on the New Student Survey. There are no dress code requirements; however, business casual is most common. All students are expected to attend.
When: Friday, Aug. 21; from 2-4 p.m.
NOTE: This event is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, Colo. 80526
Contact: Laura Leinen
Saturday - Badge Photo
Please check mid-summer for updates to this section.
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 refer to the Troubleshooting Guide.
Register for Classes
- Registration Tips
- Courses for First Year D.V.M. Students (CSU based)
- Courses for First Year D.V.M. Students (UAF based)
- D.V.M. Curriculum
- D.V.M Academic Calendar
- RAMweb (class registration portal)
Contact: Laura Leinen
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 7th).
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 the time that you are on campus, you may schedule directly with the CSU Health Network or participate in a vaccination clinic provided in August/September. 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: Laura Leinen
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.
Complete Required New Student Forms
Please complete all forms listed below by July 14:
- Cube Living
- D.V.M. Student Health Responsibilities Form (download and email completed form to Laura Leinen)
- Essential Functions Policy (download and email completed form to Laura Leinen)
- New Student Survey
- Rabies Policy and Proof of Prior Vaccination Form (only required if requesting rabies vaccine exemption – upload rabies vaccination records through the student health portal)
- Fear Free Certification – Information and Instructions
Contact: Laura Leinen
Review D.V.M. Policies
In early August, expect an email from Dr. Delcambre providing instructions on how to complete the required StrengthsFinder assignment.
Make sure to:
- Complete the New Student Survey by July 14
- Submit the required Essential Functions Policy and Form by July 14
- Submit the D.V.M. Student Health Responsibilities Form by July 14
- Receive required rabies vaccinations
- Know your assigned VTH badge photo time. More information will be emailed Aug. 1
- Follow university guidelines for getting your RAMCard
- Know how to check your CSU email account and check it!
- Have a plan to pick up your textbooks from VetText. Instructions will be provided mid-summer.
- Sign up for the Friends and Family Information Session if desired
- Read and electronically acknowledge the Cube Living
- Complete Fear Free Certification Course and send a copy of the certificate to D.V.M. Student Services
Other Useful Information
- CSU Health Network after-hours and emergency care for students
- CSU Health Network new graduate student checklist
- CSU Parking and Transportation Services – information on parking passes, and on-campus transportation options
- CVMA Student Chapter
- CVMBS IT Services can help with laptop recommendations, purchasing options, and all of your computer related questions
- D.V.M. student website – you will need an eID and password to access and is not available to incoming students until classes begin
- Physiology Boot Camp – learning resources to help prepare D.V.M. students for physiology courses
- Transfort – the CSU and Fort Collins city bus system
- “This is Fort Collins” video
- Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce