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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 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 19-20, 2015): 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 21, 2015): Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend, more information on page three 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. Review DVM Program Policies


8. Understand expenses for your first year as a DVM student

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

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.

11. Fort Collins resources