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. 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.

Schedule/Week Overview

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.

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.

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.

Get VTH Badge

After carefully reviewing the guidelines below, submit a photo to Christine Webb by September 6 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

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:

Contact: Laura Leinen


An email was sent by Adrienne Marcus on August 3 with instructions for completing the required StrengthsFinder assessment.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Make sure to:

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