Special Degree Programs

Enhance your knowledge and customize your degree to align with your career interests

We offer combined programs that let you pursue your D.V.M. in tandem with another degree, as well as additional degree options that address different needs in the veterinary field.

D.V.M. and Ph.D. Combined Degree Program

Integrate the professional aspects of veterinary medicine with the academic and research aspects of scientific fields of study.

  • Help meet industry need for veterinarians in academic, government, and industry settings
  • 7-8 year program

Application Procedures

  1. Follow the general D.V.M. application process, ensuring you complete the D.V.M./Ph.D. section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.
  2. Submit three letters of reference that describe your qualifications and aptitude for the CSU Combined D.V.M./Ph.D. Program. At least one should be from a research mentor who can address your commitment to and abilities in research. These letters should be submitted separately from the VMCAS Application, and emailed to the program administrative coordinator at cvmbs_dvmphdadmin@mail.colostate.edu.
  3. Submit your CV/resume via email to the program administrative coordinator at cvmbs_dvmphdadmin@colostate.edu.

If you indicate you wish to be considered for the combined D.V.M./Ph.D. program (on the Colorado Supplemental Application), your application will additionally be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool. When decisions are released, if you receive an OFFER to the D.V.M./Ph.D. program, you will not be further considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool, regardless of whether or not you accept or decline the D.V.M./Ph.D. offer. If you are denied or designated as an alternate for the D.V.M./Ph.D. program, your application will be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool.

If you withdraw your acceptance to the D.V.M./Ph.D. program before/after matriculation into the graduate program, you will be dismissed from the professional D.V.M. program. You will have to re-apply for admission to the D.V.M. program or the graduate school.

Curriculum

  • Year 1: Graduate courses, laboratory rotations to choose a laboratory, begin dissertation research
  • Year 2: D.V.M. program year 1 and graduate electives
  • Year 3: D.V.M. Program year 2 and graduate electives
  • Year 4 & 5: Dissertation research, thesis preparation and defense
  • Optional Year 6: Completion of Ph.D. or fellowship year
  • Year 6 & 7 (or 7 & 8): Final two years of D.V.M. program

D.V.M. and M.B.A. Combined Degree Program

Improve your economic success as a veterinarian by gaining access to world-class business and research opportunities.

Application Procedures

  1. Follow the general D.V.M. application process, ensuring you complete the D.V.M./M.B.A. section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.
  2. Once admitted to the D.V.M./M.B.A. program you must submit an application to the CSU Graduate School.

If you indicate you wish to be considered for the combined D.V.M./M.B.A. program (on the Colorado Supplemental Application), your application will additionally be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool. When decisions are released, if you receive an OFFER to the D.V.M./M.B.A. program, you will not be further considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool, regardless of whether or not you accept or decline the D.V.M./M.B.A. offer. If you are denied or designated as an alternate for the D.V.M./M.B.A. program, your application will be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool.

If you withdraw your acceptance to the D.V.M./M.B.A. program before/after matriculation into the graduate program, you will be dismissed from the professional D.V.M. program. You will have to re-apply for admission to the D.V.M. program or the graduate school.

If you obtain Colorado domicile (not the same as “residency”), it is possible to be admitted to the D.V.M. portion of the combined program as a Colorado sponsored student.

Curriculum

  • Year 1: Begin the M.B.A. program
  • Years 2 & 3: Courses toward your M.B.A. and your D.V.M.
  • Years 4 & 5: Full-time course load toward your D.V.M.

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D.V.M. and M.P.H. Combined Degree Program

Veterinarians are a unique national resource, as they are the only health professionals trained in multi-species comparative medicine. With a public health perspective, address the relationships among food production, disease control and the public’s health.

Application Procedures

  1. Follow the general D.V.M. application process, ensuring you complete the D.V.M./M.P.H. section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.
  2. Once admitted to the D.V.M./M.P.H. program you must submit required documentation to the Colorado School of Public Health.

If you indicate you wish to be considered for the combined D.V.M./M.P.H. program (on the Colorado Supplemental Application), your application will additionally be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool. When decisions are released, if you receive an OFFER to the D.V.M./M.P.H. program, you will not be further considered in the regular DVM admissions pool, regardless of whether or not you accept or decline the D.V.M./M.P.H. offer. If you are denied or designated as an alternate for the D.V.M./M.P.H. program, your application will be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool.

If you withdraw your acceptance to the D.V.M./M.P.H. program before/after matriculation into the graduate program, you will be dismissed from the professional D.V.M. program. You will have to re-apply for admission to the D.V.M. program or the graduate school.

If you obtain Colorado domicile (not the same as “residency”), it is possible to be admitted to the D.V.M. portion of the combined program as a Colorado sponsored student.

Curriculum

  • Year 1: Begin the M.P.H. program
  • Years 2 & 3: D.V.M. requirements
  • Years 4 & 5: D.V.M. requirements

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D.V.M. and M.S. in Animal Science Combined Degree Program

Gain the preparation you need to become a livestock-oriented veterinarian through foundational industry training. Available areas of study include genetics, reproduction, livestock behavior and welfare, meat and food safety, nutrition, and beef or dairy management systems.

Application Procedures

  1. Follow the general D.V.M. application process, ensuring you complete the D.V.M./M.S.-AnSci section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.
  2. Once admitted to the D.V.M./M.S.-AnSci program you must submit an application to the CSU Graduate School.

If you indicate you wish to be considered for the combined D.V.M./M.S.-AnSci program (on the Colorado Supplemental Application), your application will additionally be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool. When decisions are released, if you receive an OFFER to the D.V.M./M.S.-AnSci program, you will not be further considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool, regardless of whether or not you accept or decline the D.V.M./M.S.-AnSci offer. If you are denied or designated as an alternate for the D.V.M./M.S.-AnSci program, your application will be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool.

If you withdraw your acceptance to the D.V.M./M.S.-AnSci program before/after matriculation into the graduate program, you will be dismissed from the professional D.V.M. program. You will have to re-apply for admission to the D.V.M. program or the graduate school.

If you obtain Colorado domicile (not the same as “residency”), it is possible to be admitted to the D.V.M. portion of the combined program as a Colorado sponsored student.

Curriculum

In the first year of the combined program, students will complete M.S. coursework and will advance in their research efforts. The four-year veterinary degree begins in the fall of the second year of the combined program. Students will complete their research and prepare a manuscript for publication during the summers between years one and two, and/or between years two and three of the D.V.M. program. All M.S. degree work must be completed prior to entering the third year of the D.V.M. program.

D.V.M. and Master of Toxicology Combined Degree Program

Become part of the next generation of basic and clinical scientists finding solutions to global problems in the field of toxicology. Selected international candidates will receive specialty training in toxicology and veterinary medicine – completing toxicology curriculum prior to beginning the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.

Application Procedures

  1. Follow the general D.V.M. application process, ensuring you complete the D.V.M./M.S.T. section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.
  2. Meet TOEFL requirements as set by the CSU Graduate School.
  3. Once admitted to the D.V.M./M.S.T. program you must submit an application to the CSU Graduate School.

If you indicate you wish to be considered for the combined D.V.M./M.S.T. program (on the Colorado Supplemental Application), your application will additionally be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool. When decisions are released, if you receive an OFFER to the D.V.M./M.S.T. program, you will not be further considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool, regardless of whether or not you accept or decline the D.V.M./M.S.T. offer. If you are denied or designated as an alternate for the D.V.M./M.S.T. program, your application will be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool.

If you withdraw your acceptance to the D.V.M./M.S.T. program before/after matriculation into the graduate program, you will be dismissed from the professional D.V.M. program. You will have to re-apply for admission to the D.V.M. program or the graduate school.

Curriculum

  • Completion of requirements for the M.S.T. Program (one year, plus a summer, if needed)
  • Completion of requirements for the D.V.M. Program (four years)

Resources

Food Animal Veterinary Career Incentive Program

Interested in pursuing a career in the food animal industry? Help address the growing need for food supply veterinary medicine expertise, providing valuable service to modern animal agriculture. Gain skills, experiences, and expertise in livestock medicine and management, and prepare to continually grow and improve as a health professional.

Application Procedures

  1. Follow the general D.V.M. application process, ensuring you complete the FAVCIP section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.

Resources

University of Alaska Fairbanks/CSU Collaborative Veterinary Program

Colorado State University partners with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to offer students the opportunity to learn about Alaska wildlife and fish disease and health, marine animal science, sports medicine and rehabilitation with sled dogs, and other global public health challenges.

  • Access to a top-ranked veterinary medicine education in Alaska
  • 10 positions available, with preference given to Alaska residents
  • Four-year program

Application Procedures

  1. Follow the general D.V.M. application process, ensuring you complete the Combined UAF/CSU (Alaska) Program section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.

If you indicate you wish to be considered for the combined UAF/CSU program (on the Colorado Supplemental Application), your application will additionally be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool. When decisions are released, if you receive an OFFER to the UAF/CSU program, you will not be further considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool, regardless of whether or not you accept or decline the UAF/CSU offer. If you are denied or designated as an alternate for the UAF/CSU program, your application will be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool.

If you withdraw your acceptance to the UAF/CSU program before/after matriculation into the graduate program, you will be dismissed from the professional D.V.M. program. You will have to re-apply for admission to the D.V.M. program or the graduate school.

Students ranked on the non-sponsored alternate list (to include Colorado alternates), who did not flag an interest in the UAF/CSU program at the time of application, may receive an alternate offer to the UAF/CSU program as a non-sponsored student. If an alternate seat becomes available and the admissions committees determine a student is likely to be successful in the program, then the candidate may receive a UAF/CSU non-sponsored offer. A candidate may decline this alternate offer and it will have no bearing on their position on the Colorado (if applicable) or non-sponsored alternate list. However, if a candidate chooses to accept the UAF/CSU non-sponsored offer, it becomes a superseding offer (the only offer to the CSU veterinary program), and their application will be removed from the alternate list(s).

Curriculum

  • Years 1-2 at University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Years 3-4 at Colorado State University

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