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.

Wondering about what specialities are within Veterinary Medicine? Here are the current recognized specialities through the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

See an overview of careers in Veterinary Medicine here!


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)
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