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. 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.
Instructions on how to access virtual events and required modules were sent via email August 12.
Students are expected to be present for the week-long orientation occurring August 17-22. The schedule will be updated as more information becomes available.
Friday - Oath and Passages (Coating) Ceremony
Orientation week concludes with a special ceremony to recognize students as they commence their formal veterinary education. This is a student only event (no families or friends will be allowed in), but a livestream will be available for viewing by friends and family. There are no dress code requirements; however, business casual is most common. All students are encouraged 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
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. 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.
Get VTH Badge
After carefully reviewing the guidelines below, submit a photo to Christine Webb by September 6 at midnight.
- 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
Purchase VetText Books
As of July 1, we are still in the process of creating a plan for students to pick up VetText items. Detailed instructions will be available early August.
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
An email was sent by Adrienne Marcus on August 3 with instructions for completing the required StrengthsFinder assessment.
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
- Send in your badge photo by September 6
- Follow university guidelines for getting your RAMCard
- Know how to access your CSU email account and check it!
- 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