Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Richard Haro Mountain Campus Photography

 Your veterinary education begins with first-year orientation at the CSU Mountain Campus, where Colorado's beauty inspires personal growth and teambuilding.

New DVM Students

​What is Veterinary Medicine?what is veterinary medicine youtube video


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 2018 Orientation Schedule
Fall 2019 Schedule Coming Soon!
As a new student in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program, 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
Aug. 20-21, 2019
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
Aug. 23, 2019
2-4 p.m.
Hilton Hotel
425 West Prospect Road
Orientation week concludes with a special ceremony to recognize students as they commence their formal veterinary education. As part of this special event, each student is presented with the lab coat that they will wear throughout the first year. Attendees will learn about the unique experiences and talents of each individual within the incoming class, and be witness as the student body recites the Veterinarian’s Oath to conclude the ceremony. We hope friends and family will join us to celebrate this milestone and to welcome the students as they embark on this exciting and challenging adventure!

Supporting Veterinary Students Lecture (optional event)
Aug. 22, 2019​

Friends and family are invited to join us Thursday evening to hear faculty and staff discuss ways to support students during their journey through school. Incoming students are welcome to accompany friends and family for this event. An RSVP is required through the New Student Information Form.

2. Get Ready For Classes 

Create an eID - to access journals, lecture notes, your University account, and more
Email settings - if needed, troubleshooting instructions
IT Services - laptop recommendations & purchasing options
e-Billing​ - billing and payment due dates for fall, spring, and summer semesters ​​

3. Register for Classes 

Registration Tips
Courses for First Year DVM Students, CSU
Courses for First Year DVM Student​s, UAF
RamWeb​ (online portal to register for classes)
DVM Academic Calendar
RamCard - You must have this card prior to the start of classes to access first-year DVM facilities. ​​(Students must be registered for the current semester to be eligible for a RamCard.) 

4. Complete 'Required' DVM Forms

Essential Functions Policy (email Adrienne Marcus)
Student Health Responsibilities (email Adrienne Marcus​)
Rabies Policy (email
Student Orientation Information Form

Two rabies vaccination clinics will be held on the CSU campus for DVM students. Look for a separate email with more information on dates and registration instructions.

5. Get Required Books, Equipment, and Supplies

Vet Text Welcome and FAQ
Vet Text Info - Class of 2022 Textbook and Supply List (will be updated June/July 2018)

6. Meet your Mentor

The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) provides you a mentor a support network to help you throughout your education.

8. Review DVM Program Policies

Code of Honor
Honor Board Fact Sheet

9. 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​

​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.

Campus Maps

​​​ ​​
Current DVM Students
make a gift
Contact Us:
1601 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1601

(970) 491-2530


CVMBS Main: (970) 491-2250
Veterinary Teaching Hospital Fax: (970) 297-1205