Veterinary (DVM)


A veterinarian is a professional who practices veterinary medicine by treating diseases, disorders, and injuries in animals. Preparing to apply to a professional veterinary medicine program takes careful planning and hard work. Students interested in earning a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) at Colorado State University are encouraged to explore the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences web site:

CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Biology (1 semester w/lab) LIFE102
General Chemistry (1-2 semesters w/labs) CHEM111/112 & CHEM113/114
Organic Chemistry (1-2 semesters w/labs) CHEM245/246 OR CHEM 341 & 343/344
General Physics (1-2 semesters w/labs) PH110/111 OR PH121 & PH122 OR PH141 & PH142
English Composition  (2-3 semesters) CO150, advanced writing
Arts & Humanities/Behavioral & Social Sciences Coursework in art, dance, English, humanities, foreign language, music, philosophy, speech, theatre, anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology & sociology
Highly recommended courses: Algebra, pre-calculus or higher Additional coursework in rigorous upper division sciences. Examples include animal science, biological science, biomedical science, equine science & microbiology


Programs and Preparation

Accredited Programs:

Colorado Programs:

Admissions Tests

Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

Application Services

Veterinary Medical College Application Service: VMCAS