New D.V.M. Students

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.

Schedule/Week Overview

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.

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.

Learn more about the required rabies vaccination series.

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:

Contact: Laura Leinen


In early August, expect an email from Dr. Delcambre providing instructions on how to complete the required StrengthsFinder assignment.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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

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