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 The University of Alaska-Fairbanks and CSU have launched a collaborative veterinary training program, allowing students from Alaska to polish their learning and earn degrees from CSU's renowned D.V.M. Program.

UAF/CSU Collaborative Veterinary Program


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​Students can take advantage of this partnership by using the following contact information:

Program Contact:
Janet Janke

UAF/CSU Collaborative Veterinary Program Overview

The Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) have formed a collaborative veterinary training program that will allow 10 students, with preference for Alaska residents, to complete the CSU DVM Program at the two universities. Students will attend veterinary courses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the first two years and will attend Colorado State University for the last two years.

The UAF/CSU Collaborative Program was established between the two land-grant universities to give students in Alaska access to a top-ranked veterinary education partially in their home state, where veterinarians are in high demand. Additionally, the partnership gives CSU veterinary students an opportunity to learn about Alaska wildlife disease and health, marine-animal science, sports medicine and rehabilitation with sled dogs, and a variety of global public-health challenges that involve both human and veterinary medicine.

Program Highlights

  • Work with musk ox, sled dogs, caribou, bison, and reindeer.
  • Learn about public health and rural medicine for domestic animals, wildlife, and fish.
  • Learn about unique food-security issues in Alaska – involving Brucella organisms and lipophilic chemicals – that can affect people who rely on wildlife for food.
  • Explore new research opportunities and student experiences with more species and ecosystems
    Study sports medicine and animal husbandry in context of the Alaska’s sled-dog population.

Program Information

  • 10 positions are available, and preference will be given to Alaska residents for at least five positions. The remaining positions will be filled by highly qualified non-sponsored applicants.
  • Participants will attend the first two years at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Participants will attend the third and fourth years at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
  • UAF and CSU faculty will facilitate and develop coursework such that the students at UAF for the first and second years will receive the same course content as the students at CSU for the first and second years.
  • Earn a D.V.M. from CSU’s veterinary program, the No. 3 program in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • Alaska residents who accept a position will pay sponsored tuition the first two years of the program and will pay non-sponsored tuition for the third and fourth years of the program.
  • Candidates who accept a Non-sponsored position to the UAF/CSU Program will pay Non-sponsored tuition for all four years. 

Applying to the Program

  • Students applying to this program must meet the same highly competitive entrance requirements as any other student applying to the CSU veterinary program.
  • Applicants must complete the UAF/CSU Program section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.
  • For both Alaska residents and Non-sponsored applicants, an offer to the UAF/CSU Program is a superseding offer – meaning it will be the only offer to the CSU veterinary program, and the application will not be considered in any other applicant pool.
  • If a Colorado applicant receives a Colorado-sponsored offer (even if it is after accepting a Non-sponsored Alaska offer/Non-sponsored Colorado offer), he or she will have the choice to convert the Non-sponsored position to a Colorado-sponsored position and attend all four years of the program in Fort Collins.
  • For any applicant who receives a deny decision or is designated as an alternate in the UAF/CSU collaborative program, his or her application will automatically be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool.
  • Students ranked on the Non-sponsored alternate list (to include CO Alternates) who did not flag an interest in the UAF/CSU Program at the time of application may receive an alternate offer to the UAF/CSU program as a Non-sponsored student.  If a UAF/CSU alternate seat becomes available and the CSU admissions committee and UAF/CSU admissions sub-committee determine if a student is likely to be successful in the 2+2 program based on previous experience and career goals then the candidate may receive a Non-sponsored UAF/CSU Offer. A candidate may decline this alternate offer and it will have no bearing on their position on the CO (if applicable) or Non-sponsored alternate list.
  • CO students who received an Non-sponsored offer to the UAF/CSU Program and who choose to attend the UAF/CSU program MUST meet with the Assistant Dean of DVM Student Services to discuss the financial impact of this decision. They must then sign an informed consent form before their admissions acceptance will register with CSU. 

Currently Enrolled DVM Students

There are many opportunities for research and externships for currently enrolled CSU veterinary students and faculty in Alaska. Please refer to the contact information box above with questions.

News and Announcements

  • ​Sled dogs, reindeer, and musk oxen will join the animals of interest as Colorado State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks launch a collaborative veterinary training program, allowing students from a subarctic home base to polish their lear
    ​​Sled dogs, reindeer, and musk oxen will join the animals of interest as Colorado State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks launch a collaborative veterinary training program.
  • UAF, university of alaska fairbanks, cvmbs, partnership, DVM
    On Dec. 19, 2013, representatives from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Colorado State University met to sign an agreement to educate Alaska students. 10 UAF students will be accepted into the program each year annually and have the ability to transfer to CSU's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to complete their degree.
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