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Colorado State University

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


Supplemental Application:

Email: Students who are enrolled or who plan to be taking lower division courses at CSU prior to admission into the DVM Program, please contact the CSU preveterinary adviser Ann Bowen at  ann.bowen@  

Students who are in the planning process of applying to the DVM Program and who are not enrolled in courses at CSU, please email DVMAdmissions@


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 information


Application requirements: The Colorado Supplemental Application is required. For your application to be reviewed by the DVM Admissions Committee, we must receive the following items before the deadline:


• VMCAS Application and Fee


• Colorado Supplemental Application and Fee
• GRE Verbal and Quantitative (self-reported/unofficial) scores


If we do not receive these items before the deadline, your application will be designated as Ineligible. For specific requirements, please refer to the website listed above.



Residency implications: Positions are allocated in three pools as Colorado 75, WICHE contracts 30-35 (Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Wyoming), and Nonsponsored 30-35. Our class size is 138. WICHE students must be certified by their states. Nonsponsored students can be from any state or country.



Prerequisites for Admission


Course requirements and semester hours



Laboratory associated with a biology course




Laboratory associated with a chemistry course






Physics (with laboratory)




English composition


Social sciences and humanities






Required undergraduate GPA: No minimum requirement. The mean GPA for the 2012 matriculated class was 3.60 on a 4.00 scale.



AP credit policy: Must appear on official college transcripts.



Course completion deadline: transcripts with final grades, including all required courses, must be received by July 15 prior to matriculation.



Standardized examinations: The GRE® General Test (Verbal and Quantitative) is required. The mean GRE scores for the 2012 matriculated class are Verbal 537 and Quantitative 664. Test scores dated earlier than October 1, 2008, will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to schedule the test on or before Sept. 27 so s/he can self-report unofficial scores on the Colorado Supplemental Application before the October 2, 2013 11:00am MT deadline. You will know your unofficial scores before leaving the testing center. NOTE: The self-reported unofficial Verbal and Quantitative scores must be entered into the application in order to submit your application.



Sending official scores: Applicants should submit a request to their testing center, before Oct. 2, to have official scores sent to CSU. (GRE® code 4075, Dept code 0617). Scores should be received by Nov. 30. In December, official scores will be used to verify all applicant self-reported scores before offers are made.



Letter of Reference: All applicants will need to request three recommenders to submit a VMCAS electronic letter of recommendation (VMCAS e-LOR) AND an ETS PPI web-based evaluation (for inclusion in the ETS PPI Evalu- ation Report). BOTH the VMCAS e-LORs AND the ETS PPI Evaluation Report are required; therefore, applicants should ask their recommenders to write and submit the VMCAS e-LOR and the ETS PPI online evaluation. For specific information, please see item #4 at program/Pages/DVM-Application-Procedures.aspx.

In fairness to all applicants, the Admissions Committee will review no more than three LOR’s. CSU suggests one should be from an adviser/professor, one from an employer, and at least one from a veterinarian..

Additional requirements and considerations: Please see “Evaluation Criteria” in the next section.




Summary of Admission Procedure





Colorado Supplemental Application deadline: Wednesday, October 2,2013 at 11:00 am (MT).



VMCAS Application deadline: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (ET).



School begins: late August



Deposit (to hold place in class): none required.



Deferments: not considered.



Evaluation criteria


Quality of academic program (course load, challenging curriculum, honors) GRE scores
Veterinary/animal/ other work experience Extracurricular/community activities, achievements, leadership Essay


Contribution to diversity, unique attributes, extenuating circumstances
Letters of Reference



2012–2013 admissions summary



Number of

Number of


New Entrants

Sponsored (Colorado)



Sponsored (WICHE)*











Estimated expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic year



Tuition and fees (estimate)



       Sponsored (Colorado & WICHE)             $25,242
       Nonsponsored                                            $53,218



* For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces.



Dual-Degree programs


The CVMBS offers combined 5-year MBA/DVM (business), MPH/DVM (public health), and international MST/DVM (toxicology) programs. In addition, we offer a combined 7-8 year DVM/PhD program.

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