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 DVM student, Josh Link, is part of the The University of Alaska-Fairbanks and CSU DVM 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 (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Veterinary Medicine at 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 medicine courses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the first two years and will attend Colorado State University for the last two years. Students are officially enrolled at CSU and UAF for the first two years.

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

Program Highlights

  • Work with musk oxen, 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, as well as traditional ones.
  • 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. 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 DVM degree 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 while in Fort Collins.
  • 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 as well as complete the VMCAS 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 for that application cycle.
  • 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 DVM 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 UAF/CSU Non-sponsored 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. However, if a candidate chooses to accept the UAF/CSU Non-sponsored Offer, this offer becomes a superseding offer - meaning it will be the only offer to the CSU veterinary program, and their application will be removed from the alternate list(s). 

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.

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