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 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 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 2016 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 (Aug. 17-18, 2016): 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. 19, 2016): 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
Fall 2016 class registration now open!

Registration Tips
Courses for First Year DVM Students, CSU
Courses for First Year DVM Student​s, UAF
RamWeb​ (register for classes)
DVM Academic Calendar  (~May 20, 2016)
e-Billing (information on electronic billing and payment dates for fall, spring, and summer)

4. Get your Required Books, Equipment, and Supplies!
Vet Text Welcome and FAQ
Vet Text Info - Class of 2020 Textbook/Supply List  (~June 1, 2016)

5. Using Computers and e-Devices in the DVM Program
Learn more about CVMBS IT Services and DVM student laptop recommendations. 

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.

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. 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

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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