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 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 2014 Orientation Schedule - updated 08/02/14
As a new student pursuing your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, your five-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 20-21, 2014): ROLE is an interactive orientation designed to aid the development of professional skills in the DVM Program at CSU's Pingree Park Mountain Campus.

Passages & Coating Ceremony (August 22, 2014): Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend, more information on page 3 of orientation agenda.

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)
Business Certificate (optional)
DVM Academic Calendar
e-Billing - information on electronic billing and payment dates for Fall, Spring, and Summer
4. Get your Required Books, Equipment, and Supplies!

5. Purchase a computer using the Computer Purchase Recommendations
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has some suggestions for what computer you should purchase, as well as information about discount programs.
6. Meet your Mentor
The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association provides you a mentor and support network to help you through out your education.
7. Look at the DVM Program Policies
It's good to plan ahead financially. Here is a list of anticipated expenses for your first year in the DVM program.
9. Sign your news 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
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 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.
11. Check out these Fort Collins' resources