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Colorado State University

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
1601 Campus Delivery – Office of the Dean
Fort Collins CO 80523-1601
Telephone: 970-491-7051 or 970-491-7052


Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, a city of about 150,000 in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 65 miles north of Denver. Fort Collins has a pleasant climate and offers many cultural and recreational activities. Many of the state’s ski areas lie within a short driving distance, making some of the best skiing in the world accessible. The nearby river canyons and mountain parks are beautiful scenic attractions and provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, photography, camping, and biking.

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is nationally renowned for its programs in oncology, equine surgery and reproduction, and pain management. Our college is composed of eight major buildings that house the departments of biomedical sciences, environmental and radiological health sciences, and microbiology, immunology, and pathology.

The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, one of the world’s largest and best equipped, houses the clinical sciences department. This department boasts a variety of unique units, including the internationally acclaimed Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center, Animal Population Health Institute, Integrated Livestock Management Program, and Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center. The hospital attracts a large caseload and offers students a wide variety of clinical experiences.

The uniquely designed Diagnostic Medicine Center houses the college’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), the University’s Extension Veterinarian, the Clinical Pathology Laboratory and the Animal Population Health Institute.

The VDL provides disease testing services to veterinarians, state/federal agencies, livestock owners and pet owners. The Clinical Pathology Laboratory provides services such as blood, fluid and urine analysis and cytology to identify diseases and illnesses in animals brought to the VTH or to veterinarians in the region. The Animal Population Health Institute encourages collaboration and information and expertise exchange in veterinary epidemiology among scientists at CSU, collaborating institutions and government agencies throughout the world.

Internationally known for its innovative curriculum, our veterinary program provides students with a four-year course of study in veterinary medicine leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. The first two years are conducted on the main campus and include comprehensive coverage of veterinary and biomedical sciences along with integrated hands-on and clinical experiences. During the second two years, students participate in animal care at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital through a series of specialty rotations. Students participate as team members in evaluating patients, meeting with clients, developing treatment plans, and providing hands-on care, all under the supervision of faculty clinicians.


Application requirements: For your application to be reviewed by the Veterinary Admissions Committee, we must receive the following items before the deadline:

   • VMCAS Application and three VMCAS eLORs

   • Colorado Supplemental Application (CSA) and Fee

   • GRE Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical (selfreported unofficial scores in the CSA)


Colorado Supplemental Application deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10 PM (MT). Application fee: $80

VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12 Midnight (ET)

School begins: late August

Deposit: (to hold place in class) none required

Deferments: case by case basis for extenuating circumstances


   • Quality of academic program (course load, challenging curriculum, honors)

   • GRE scores

   • Veterinary/Animal/Research/Work Employment experience

   • Extracurricular/Community/Leadership activities and achievements

   • Essay

   • Contribution to diversity, unique attributes, extenuating circumstances

   • Letters of Reference, three VMCAS eLORs - veterinarian, academic, employment - with at least one being from a veterinarian


Required undergraduate GPA: No minimum requirement

Mean GPA: for the 2015 matriculated class was 3.60 on a 4.00 scale

AP credits: must appear on official transcript

Course completion deadline: final grades/transcripts, including all required courses, must be received at CSU by JULY 15 prior to matriculation

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description
Number of Semester Credits
  Biochemistry (that requires Org Chem)  3
  Genetics  3
  Physics (with a laboratory)  4
  Statistics  3
  Lab associated with a biology course  1
  Lab associated with a chemistry course  1
  English Composition  3
  Social sciences and humanities  12
  Electives  30


Estimated Tuition Resident/Contract: $30,000

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $56,000


Resident: 70

Non-resident: 30-35

Contract: 30-35



The GRE General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical) is required. The average GRE scores for the 2015 matriculated class are in the mid-150’s for Verbal and Quantitative; and in the range of 4.0-4.5 for Analytical. Test scores dated earlier than August 1, 2011, will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to schedule the test on or before August 15, 2016, so s/he can self-report unofficial scores on the Colorado Supplemental Application before the September 15, 2016, at 10:00 PM (MT) deadline. NOTE: The self-reported unofficial Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical scores must be entered into the Colorado Supplemental Application in order to submit the application.

Sending official scores: Applicants should submit a request to their testing center, before September 15, to have official scores sent to CSU (code 4075; dept 0617-dept code is optional). Official scores should be received at CSU by November 30. In December, official scores will be used to verify all applicant self-reported scores before offers are made. For the most current GRE submission information, please see

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


The veterinary program at CSU offers the following programs:

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Application Deadline: 9/15/2016

Last Updated 3/15/2016 sam

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