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DVM Student

 As a new DVM student you'll jump head first into classes and life at CSU. Keep your I's dotted and your T's crossed by using the advice on this page.

New DVM Students


 What is Veterinary Medicine?


What to do when you're new!

As a first-year DVM student, you may feel excited as well as overwhelmed by everything you need to do to get started. Use this checklist to help navigate your way.

1. Plan for Orientation

Fall 2015 Orientation Schedule As a new student pursuing your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, your six-day orientation is an invaluable source of both the information and the relationships you will need to get started successfully.

Ram Outdoor Leadership Experience (August 19-20, 2015): ROLE is an interactive orientation designed to aid the development of professional skills in the DVM Program at CSU's Mountain Campus.
Passages & Coating Ceremony (August 21, 2015): Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.

2. Create an eIdentity

You'll need an eID​ in order to access journals, lecture notes, your University account, and more.

3. Register for Classes

RamWeb​ (where you actually register)
e-Billing (information on electronic billing and payment dates for fall, spring, and summer)

4. Get your Required Books, Equipment, and Supplies!

5. Using Computers and e-Devices in the DVM Program

Use RamTech to ​purchase a computer 

When choosing an electronic device to access the Colorado State University's on-line Learning Management System, certain types of electronic devices provide a better overall experience.   Additionally, as CSU transitions its on-line Learning Management System from RamCT Blackboard to Canvas starting in the Spring 2015 semester, students may want to acquire electronic devices that work well in both the RamCT and Canvas environments. For those who may be unfamiliar with Canvas, it is a cloud-based technology platform that provides a wide range of functions for on-line learning, such as assignments, grading, student-instructor communication, collaborative learning tools and much more. Here are some general guidelines to help you select the appropriate device.

The devices providing the best RamCT or Canvas experience are:

  • A PC or notebook computer running Windows 7 or above
  • An Apple Mac running OS X or above
  • A tablet running Windows 8.1 or above (not Windows RT)
While Canvas does have mobile applications making it easy to view class content on a mobile device, there are inherent mobile limitations. The Canvas mobile applications work best for viewing assignments, course content and grades. Canvas is designed to work best on a traditional notebook or desktop computer. To complete and submit assignments, as well as taking exams and participating in online discussions, a traditional notebook or desktop computer is your best choice.​
6. Meet your mentor
The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) provides you a mentor and support network to help you through out your education.
Register for 2015 CVMA Convention (free to CSU students)

7. Review DVM Program Policies

Student Health Responsibilities - forms should be emailed to

8. Financing Your Veterinary Education 

It is good to plan ahead financially. Better understand your expenses and explore financial resources available to veterinary students, such as financial education, advising, and planning​, to include:
  • Tuition Costs
  • Financial Aid
  • CVMBS Scholarships and Awards
  • DVM Emergency Loans
  • CVMBS DVM Financial Advisor​

9. Sign your new​s release form

Want to let your home town paper know you've been accepted into the veterinary program at CSU? Fill out this release form and send to your hometown newspaper!

10. Find your way around campus and the city

Parking: If you commute to class, getting a parking permit can be helpful. Parking is limited, however. Public transportation or biking to class are good alternatives.
Transfort: Transfort​ is Fort Collins' public bus system. The buses run on regular intervals to most places around the city and to campus. As a student at CSU a bus pass is included in your student fees.
Around the Horn: Around the Horn is a free, new shuttle system designed to help CSU students, faculty, staff, and guests get across campus conveniently and quickly.