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.

Although most information will be available by May 1, please check this site for updates throughout the summer.

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

Monday - Welcome

Check in between 8-8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in the lobby of the Anatomy/Zoology building.

Activities are scheduled all day, with an ending time of around 5 p.m.

Contact: Adrienne Marcus

Tuesday and Wednesday - Outdoor leadership at CSU Mountain Campus

Meet at the CSU tennis court parking lot (lot 740) NO LATER than 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Limited parking is available on side streets, and students are encouraged to carpool.

Please read Mountain Campus Guidelines and Information for details on packing and what to expect during the visit.

Contact: Adrienne Marcus

Thursday - VetText Book Pick-Up

Book pick-up is available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Optional Event: Thursday Evening - Friends and Family Information Session and Tour

During this optional event, friends, family, and students are invited to hear faculty and staff discuss ways to provide support during veterinary school. Tours will be offered following the educational part of this event.

All attendees must sign up for a time slot.

Those who do not wish to attend the information session but who would like to take a tour of the hospital should sign up here.

For these events, park in the lots identified on the CSU parking map. The hospital has requested that orientation guests do not park in the patient parking area (lots 715 and 716).

When: Thursday, Aug. 22. Multiple times are available using the sign-up link.
Where: James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital (300 West Drake Rd., Fort Collins, Colo. 80523), Junior Lecture Hall, room A221.

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. 23; from 2-4 p.m.

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

Contact: Laura Leinen

Saturday - Badge Photo

A James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital policy requires that students wear a badge in the hospital. For this, students must have a photo taken.

The hospital has requested that individuals do not park in the patient parking area (lots 715 and 716). Instead, please use the staff parking areas identified on the map. Parking is not enforced on weekends.

Please adhere to your assigned time, which will be emailed on Aug. 1.

When: Saturday, Aug. 24

James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Rd.
Fort Collins, Colo. 80523
Phone: 970-297-5000

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.

Sign Up for the Rabies Vaccination Clinics

TWO rabies vaccination clinics will be scheduled this summer/fall for those still in need of the vaccination. Please choose one clinic and plan on attending ALL THREE dates.

The first clinic is geared toward students who have health insurance outside of CSU and wish to get their vaccinations done before school starts. This clinic will take place at the CSU Health and Medical Center located at 151 West Lake St., Fort Collins, Colo. 80524 (north west corner of Prospect Rd. and College Ave.)

The second clinic will take place in the Anatomy/Zoology building after the start of the semester. Faculty are aware that students will briefly be absent from class to receive the vaccination.

A link to sign-up for the Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be emailed on Aug. 1, along with VTH badge time assignments.

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:

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