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

School Description | Program Description | Entrance Requirements | Admissions Process & Deadlines | Evaluation Criteria | Acceptance Data |
Tuition & Cost of Attendance | Education & Research | Top 10 FAQs | Prerequisites for Admissions


SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

Colorado State University (CSU) is located in Fort Collins, a city of about 165,000 in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains approximately 65 miles north of Denver. Fort Collins has a pleasant, seasonal climate and offers many cultural and recreational activities. Many world-class ski areas lie within a short driving distance. The nearby river canyons and mountain parks are scenic attractions and provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, photography, camping, and biking. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) is made up of four academic departments: Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, and Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. Clinical specialists, research scientists, and graduate educators from all four departments provide instruction and mentorship to DVM students. The college is renowned for programs in infectious disease, oncology, equine surgery and reproduction, and professional communication, among others. Prospective students may choose to apply to combined programs, including the MPH-DVM, MBADVM, MS Toxicology-DVM, MS Animal Sciences-DVM, and PhD-DVM. The CSU Veterinary Medical Center houses 28 clinical specialties; every year, 42,000 patients are served by over 350 veterinary caregivers. The Clinical Sciences department boasts a variety of clinical and research units, including the internationally acclaimed Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center, Integrated Livestock Management Program, Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center, and C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute. The uniquely designed Diagnostic Medicine Center houses the CVMBS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), the University’s Extension Veterinarian, the Clinical Pathology Laboratory, and the Animal Population Health Institute.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Health & Wellbeing:  We provide mentorship, education and individual counseling in the areas of mental health and wellbeing. One-on-one confidential counseling, small group workshops, and large group educational sessions are offered at no cost throughout the semester. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness or vulnerability, it is, in fact, a sign of strength and maturity. Having a robust system of supportive individuals, tools, and healthy practices can be vital to staying on track and balancing the demands of a rigorous professional program. Wellbeing is more than freedom from illness, it is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving one’s full potential.

Diversity & Disadvantaged / Accommodations

·         Diversity: The CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) fosters a college climate that welcomes diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff. The CSU CVMBS Veterinary Admissions Committee strives to admit a class of veterinary students who will successfully complete the program and actively contribute to the diverse and dynamic needs of the veterinary profession.

·         Disadvantaged: Vet Prep is a one-year program that serves as a bridge to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program for disadvantaged (cultural, social, economic) applicants who ranked high but were not admitted. This program is limited to 10 candidates who upon successful completion are guaranteed admission to the DVM program. Candidates are selected from the regular admissions applicant pool and do not directly apply to the Vet Prep program. http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/DVM-Special-Programs.aspx  Email Address: dvmadmissions@colostate.edu

Accommodations: Our Student Disability Center (SDC) encourages students, family members, and faculty to engage in learning more about the resources and accommodations offered. The SDC will work with students who have chronic physical/mental illnesses or conditions that impact their ability to be an optimally successful student. Their goal is to provide accommodations and support that will contribute to student learning and success within the educational program and beyond. https://disabilitycenter.colostate.edu

·         Class Size

o   Resident #: 70

o   Non-Resident #: 40-50

o   Contract # and where: 20-30 WICHE: AZ, HI, MT, ND, NM, NV, WY

o   UAF/CSU: 10

·         Applicant Pool (prior year)

o   Resident #200

o   Non-Resident #1900

o   Contract # and where: 140 WICHE: AZ, HI, MT, ND, NM, NV, WY

·         International School: No

·         Accepts International Applicants: Yes

·         VMCAS Participant: Yes

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

·         Pre-Requisite Chart Update

o   Date pre-reqs must be completed: July 15 of the year you would matriculate

o   Pre-requisite required grade: C- or better and must be taken for credit

·         VMCAS application: Yes

·         Supplemental application: Yes

o   Through VMCAS: No

o   External: Yes https://dvmadmissions.colostate.edu/apply/

·         Transcript Requirements

o   AP Policy: must appear on official transcript

o   International Transcripts: a WES Report is required (course-by-course evaluation)

o   WES Report Required: Yes

·         Test Requirements

o   GRE Test Deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 11:59 pm EDT

o   TOEFL Test Deadline: September 17,2019

·         Experiences

o   We do not have a required minimum number of hours for veterinary experience. We look for quality of experience rather than the number of hours. A suggested target is 300-500 hours of veterinary experience.

·         Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

o   We suggest having the following as references: one from a veterinarian, one from an academic source, one from an employment/personal source – but ultimately selecting recommenders with whom you are most comfortable – with at least one being from a veterinarian. Recommendations that can speak to academic and non-academic experiences will provide valuable insights. These can be from faculty, advisers, supervisors as some examples.

o   Veterinarian Required: Yes

·         Bachelor’s degree required: No

·         Academic Statement:

o   The admissions committee strives to admit candidates who will successfully complete the program and actively contribute to the current and future needs of the veterinary profession. The admissions committee a holistic approach to evaluate each and every applicant’s file in its entirety, including the candidate’s academic history, veterinary experiences, life experiences, and their potential as a successful veterinarian. Unique attributes that may positively impact future professional success are considered on an individual basis. Our holistic evaluation does not use calculated gpa’s; required

·         Interview Required: Yes

o   Type of interview: Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

ADMISSIONS PROCESS & DEADLINES

CSU requires the VMCAS Application; the Colorado Supplemental Application; GRE scores; three LORs. Note: International transcripts must be evaluated by WES (the course-by-course evaluation).

·         Deadlines:

o   VMCAS application Open Date: May 2019

o   VMCAS application Deadline Date: September 17, 2019

o   Supplemental Open Date: July 2019

o   Supplemental Deadline Date: September 17, 2019

o   GRE Scores Received Date: September 16, 2019

·         Interviews held: January 2020

o   The MMI interview format consists of six timed scenarios; is about one hour in length;

·         Offers released: late January-February 2020

·         Orientation held: late August

·         Deposit required: None required

·         Defers granted: Case by case basis

·         Transfers accepted: Yes

EVALUATION CRITERIA

CSU does not assign points to any category. Admissions decisions are based on a combined rank of the application rank and the interview rank (50/50).

·         Academic History

·         Science GPA

·         Science pre-requisite GPA

·         Cumulative GPA

·         Last 45 GPA

·         GRE Scores

·         eLORS

·         Experiences

·         Leadership Skills

·         Personal Essays

·         Contribution to diversity

·         Non-cognitive skills

·         Readiness to matriculate

·         Employment history

·         Interview 50%

·         Other (please list) Application Folder 50%

ACCEPTANCE DATA (PRIOR YEAR)

·         GRE Average and Range:

o   Verbal and Quantitative Average: mid150’s

o   Verbal and Quantitative Range: 140-170

o   Analytical Average: 4.25

o   Analytical Range: 2.5-6.0

·         GPA Average and Range:

o   GPA Average: 3.60

o   GPA Range: 2.8-4.0

·         Number interviewed: 400-450

·         Number selected: 148

·         Number Accepted into class: 148

·         Number matriculated: 148

TUITION / COST OF ATTENDANCE

*For current year (2018 matriculation)

·         Resident (in-State)

o   Establishing domicile (residency) https://financialaid.colostate.edu/instate-tuition-requirements

o   $33,000 Tuition

o   $3,000 Fees

o   $20,000 COA

·         Non-Resident (out-of-state)

o   $57,000 Tuition

o   $3,000 Fees

o   $20,000 COA

EDUCATION / RESEARCH

Special programs / entrance pathways – see Combined Programs

·         Combined Programs: CSU offers the following combined/special programs, please see individual webpages for program-specific requirements.

o   FAVCIP (for CSU undergrads): http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm/Pages/DVM-Special-Programs.aspx  

o   MBA/DVM: http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/DVMMBA.aspx

o   MPH/DVM: http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/DVMMPH.aspx

o   MSA/DVM (Animal Science): http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/dvm-msansci.aspx

o   MST/DVM (Toxicology): http://csucvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/DVM-MST.aspx

o   PhD/DVM: http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/DVMPhD.aspx

o   UAF (Alaska)/CSU: http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/uaf-csu-collaborative-veterinary-program.aspx

·         Other Academic Programs statement

o   Vet Prep is a one-year academic program that serves as a bridge to the DVM program for disadvantaged (cultural, social, economic) applicants who ranked high but were not admitted. This program is limited to ten candidates who upon successful completion are guaranteed admission to the DVM program. Candidates are selected from the regular admissions applicant pool and do not directly apply to the Vet Prep program. http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/DVM-Special-Programs.aspx

o   CSU participates in the Veterinary Scholars Summer Program. http://csucvmbs.colostate.edu/dvm-program/Pages/Veterinary-Scholars-Program.aspx

o   CSU supports additional Young Investigator Grant Programs for research projects. http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/veterinarians/research/companion-animals/Pages/studentprojects.aspx

·         Curriculum Statement

o   The curriculum allows flexibility for each individual to pursue elective courses and clinical experiences consistent with one’s professional aims. Additionally, each student chooses a track (i.e. small animal, large animal, general) in the spring of the third year. There is ample flexibility in the fourth year to emphasize training in a clinical specialty in-house or to participate in experiences outside of CSU.

o   Fourth year practicums are determined by track per above, with five core rotations common to all students.

o   Educational delivery is primarily by didactic lectures, laboratories, problem-based learning, case based learning, and clinical rotations within our Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH).

o   Students in years one and two include comprehensive biomedical veterinary sciences education, case-based learning, and hands on laboratory experiences on the main CSU campus.

o   Students in years three and four work side-by-side with exceptional clinicians at the CSU VTH through a series of specialty rotations. Students are team members, not bystanders.

·         Clinicals begin

o   Students in the third year spend mornings in laboratories and clinics, and afternoons in the classroom, with spring coursework determined by student-selected track (i.e. small animal, large animal, general). Fourth year students are in clinics full time, with rotations also determined by chosen track. During their time at the VTH, students rotate through a series of specialty and primary care rotations, serving as important team members in meeting with clients, evaluating patients, and developing diagnostic and treatment plans under the supervision of faculty clinicians. Throughout the program, course and clinical electives allow students to tailor their education to align with professional aims.

·         Highlights

o   A Financial Education Specialist providing financial education and individual advisement, free of charge, to DVM students

o   Nationally renowned for programs in oncology; equine surgery, sports medicine, and reproduction; infectious disease; and communication.

o   Ample research opportunities in laboratories lead the nation in veterinary research funding

o   Combined programs that allow students to obtain your DVM in tandem with another advanced degree

o   Clinical faculty board-certified in 28 specialties to include Zoo Medicine, Theriogenology, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Dermatology, and Dentistry among others

o   More than 35 active student veterinary clubs

o   Unique international and off-site learning opportunities

Q&A

How does the admissions committee review applications?

·         The admissions committee uses a holistic approach in the review of every application. Each component helps build the full 360 degree picture of who you are and your story. Each piece, GPA, GRE, quality/hours of experience, classes, personal statement, and letters of recommendation are all looked at individually and as a whole when reviewing an applicant to help them select a candidate who will not only be able to handle the academic rigor of a veterinary program but also will contribute to the veterinary profession.

What is CSU’s DVM program best known for?

·         Nationally renowned for programs in oncology; equine surgery, sports medicine and reproduction; infectious disease; and communication

·         Ample research opportunities and leads the nation in veterinary research funding

·         Combined programs that allow you to obtain your DVM in tandem with another advanced degree

·         Unique international and off-site learning opportunities

·         Clinical faculty are board-certified in 28 specialties to include Zoo Medicine, Theriogenology, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Dermatology, and Dentistry among others.

·         More than 35 active student veterinary clubs

Is there a minimum GPA to apply to the program? No

·         We have admitted students in the past with an average GPA of less than 3.0. While the average GPA of previously accepted students is 3.6, please know this represents a range of average GPA’s. The admissions committee will look closely at courses taken and grades received as they are looking for upward academic trends and evidence the applicant can handle a rigorous upper division biomedical science curriculum.

·         We have an early academic review of applications with a cumulative gpa of 3.2 or lower. While some applications may be early denied, others are returned to the pool and move forward to the DVM review. Some of these applicants have received offers in the past.

How many hours of veterinary experience are required?

·         We do not have a required minimum number of hours for veterinary experience. We look for quality of experience rather than the number of hours. A suggested target is 300-500 hours of

Do all prerequisite courses have to be completed at the time of application? Does my course meet your requirement?

·         You can apply to our DVM program and be admitted under provisional admission before completing all required prerequisite courses. Please keep in mind the admissions committee will only be able to evaluate completed courses at the time of application.

·         If you are not sure your course content will meet our requirement, please submit a course substitution request. This request should be submitted by SEP 1. http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/Documents/dvm -course-substitution-request-form.pdf  

Do prerequisites become out-dated?

·         We highly recommend that your courses be completed within the past 10 years. (However, biochemistry and genetics are two classes that we suggest be more recently completed.) You can have classes that are older than ten years and they can be used to fulfill our prerequisites. However, the challenge with classes completed many years ago is that the admissions committee doesn’t have recent evidence of your ability to handle a rigorous biomedical science curriculum.

How does the admissions committee view retaking a course?

·         If you retake a course, both the original grade and the new grade will be considered, so they will essentially average out. We suggest only retaking prerequisite courses where you have not received a “C” or higher. Taking additional upper level science classes will raise your GPA more and will better show the admissions committee your ability to handle multiple higher division science classes rather than retaking prerequisite courses.

How is course load viewed?

·         Credit load, grades, and work/volunteer hours are considered on a per semester basis. Stronger loads are greatly valued. Work/volunteer hours are closely looked at and are also strongly valued when done in tandem with higher credit loads/grades.

Is there a preferred major?

·         While there are no preferred nor recommended majors for someone who wants to go to veterinary school, many majors offer excellent preparation for veterinary school and eventual work as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. It is recommended to select a major because you are interested in the course of study and because it can provide a good alternate plan for a career in case they change their mind about veterinary medicine. We do not require a specific degree for admission, simply completion of our prerequisite courses.

What is tracking/when do you start?

·         Our students select a specialty track (small animal/large animal/general) during third year. All tracks provide core experiences required for all students while allowing room to tailor their education to their area of interest.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION

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