A four-year professional program in Veterinary Medicine is offered annually to approximately 148 students. Each year, approximately 138 students are admitted to the DVM program located on the main CSU campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Additionally, up to 10 students are admitted to the CSU-University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) 2+2 DVM Program, completing the first 2 years of the 4-year program in Fairbanks, Alaska, and joining the larger cohort to complete years 3 and 4 in Fort Collins. These students graduate with a DVM degree from CSU and enjoy unique opportunities at UAF in small animal sports medicine, rural outreach, conservation, and wildlife medicine.
Because the number of applicants exceeds the number of students who can be admitted to any class, the members of the Admissions Committee for the CVMBS carefully evaluate each applicant to recommend those best qualified. Information concerning the academic program which leads to the DVM degree may be found in the Graduate and Professional Bulletin or online.
The full course of study requires four years beyond completion of the pre-veterinary requirements. While exceptional students may complete pre-veterinary requirements in two to three years and then be accepted into the DVM Program, it is much more common that students complete a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree, followed by four years in the professional program.

Effective Fall 2020

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
VM 603Veterinary Science: Research and Methods1
VM 606Veterinary Immunology3
VM 610Foundations of Veterinary Medicine I1
VM 616Functional Anatomy9
VM 618Veterinary Physiology and Histology7
 Total Credits21
Spring
VM 611Foundations of Veterinary Medicine II1
VM 619Veterinary Neurobiology4
VM 623Veterinary Nutrition and Metabolism2
VM 637Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology2
VM 638Veterinary Parasitology2
VM 639Veterinary Virology2
VM 640Biology of Disease I5
VM 648/VS 648Food Animal Production and Food Safety2
Electives:0-3
The Healer's Art 
Exotic Animal Anatomy and Husbandry 
 Total Credits20-23
Second Year
Fall
Students must complete the Capstone Exam I (1st year material) at the beginning of this semester. Passing this examination is required for progression in the program. 
VM 710Foundations of Veterinary Medicine III1
VM 714Veterinary Preventive Medicine4
VM 722Veterinary Pharmacology4
VM 724Bioanalytical Pathology6
VM 735Animal Welfare2
VM 741Biology of Disease II4
VM 751Veterinary Clinical Toxicology2
Electives:0-6
Introduction to Spanish for Veterinarians 
Emerging Issues in Animal Health 
Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology 
Group Study: Swine Medicine 
 Total Credits23-29
Spring
VM 711Foundations of Veterinary Medicine IV1
VM 733Principles of Surgery2
VM 737Principles of Anesthesia3
VM 742Biology of Disease III3
VM 744Theriogenology3
VM 745Clinical Sciences I5
VM 747Clinical Sciences II5
Electives:0-4
Foaling Management 
The Healer's Art 
Principles of Shelter Veterinary Medicine 
 Total Credits22-26
Third Year
Fall
Students must complete the Capstone Exam II (2nd year material) at the beginning of this semester. Passing this examination is required for progression in the program. 
VM 728Principles of Imaging Interpretation3
VM 749Clinical Sciences III5
VM 753Clinical Sciences IV5
VM 786AJunior Practicum8
Electives:0-9
Non-Mammalian Vertebrate Medicine 
Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation 
Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology 
Group Study: Swine Medicine 
Group Study: Food Animal Clinical Problems 
 Total Credits21-30
Spring
Students must complete the Capstone Exam III (3rd year material) at the end of this semester. Passing this examination is required for progression in the program. 
VM 730Applied Animal Behavior2
VM 772Veterinary Professional Development2
VM 786AJunior Practicum6
Track Requirements (Select one track)7-8
Small Animal Practice Track: 
Small Animal Medicine and Surgery I 
Small Animal Medicine and Surgery II 
Large Animal Practice Track: 
Bovine Herd Medicine 
Equine Medicine and Surgery 
General Practice Track (Select a minimum of 7 credits from the following): 
Bovine Herd Medicine 
Equine Medicine and Surgery 
Small Animal Medicine and Surgery I 
Small Animal Medicine and Surgery II 
Electives:0-5
The Healer's Art 
Biology and Diseases of Small Mammals 
Veterinary Practice Management 
Feline Medicine 
 Total Credits17-23
Fourth Year
Fall
The entire senior practicum (VM 786B) is 42 credits. The number of credits per term is dependent on the amount of vacation and elective time. 
VM 786BSenior PracticumVar.
 Total Credits0
Spring
VM 786BSenior PracticumVar.
 Total Credits0
Summer
VM 786BSenior PracticumVar.
 Total Credits42
 Program Total Credits:167

A minimum of 167 credits are required to complete this program.