DVM New Student Information
Class of 2018
This page is designed specifically for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program Class of 2018. It contains information and links for fulfilling policies and submitting required university documents.
Congratulations on your admission to the college! We look forward to you joining the Wolfpack family and the veterinary profession.
What You Need to Know...NOW!
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
The mandatory new student orientation for the class of 2018 will be held August 6 through 12, 2014. The agenda (topic and speaker order subject to change) provides you with the schedule of events, the FAQ page answers common questions and the Student Services Office offers helpful services.
Classes begin on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (but on a Monday schedule).
2018 Locker Assignments (list - TBD)
Complete Dr. Lizette Hardie's orientation assignments:
1. Listen to "Iron Boat" from NPR's The Story in advance of Dr. Hardie's presentation on Friday, August 8, 2014.
2. Read "Fish Out of Water" from SKY Magazine.
3. Read "How Kitty is Killing the Dolphins" from Scientific American (May 2013, Vol. 308 Issue 5, p 72-77).
WHITE COAT CEREMONY
Members of the Class of 2018 will be formally inducted into the veterinary profession during the 15th Annual White Coat Ceremony to be held at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 3:00pm. More information will be sent from the Student Services Office.
We've recently developed a survey that will collect the necessary data for the White Coat Ceremony. The new survey link should be completed no later than Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:00pm ET.
Please note that you should select a presenter who you feel was instrumental in your pursuit of a veterinary career (Mentor, Practitioner, Family Member, etc.). Also, the number of guests in the RSVP includes yourself, your presenter and up to four others (for a maximum of 6).
All Class of 2018 students will need to complete the electronic survey.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is conducting its annual Welcome Reception for newly admitted students on Friday, March 28, 2014. The full agenda is linked here but some of the highlights include:
- Tour of the College of Veterinary Medicine
- CVM Class of 2018 Reception from 4:15pm to 6:00pm at the McKimmon Center
- Social Event with Class of 2017 on Friday evening at The Brickhouse at 7:30pm (this event is limited to admitted applicant and 1 guest)
- Spend more time at the CVM Open House on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
You must complete the following action items in order to confirm your enrollment in the university:
- Advanced Enrollment Deposit ($250 deposit) to hold your seat in the class of 2018.
- Campus Personal Information Folder - Update your address, phone numbers, and emergency contacts.
- Immunization Record and Report of Medical History
*More detailed information will be sent to you as soon as you notify us of your intention to enroll.*
Any outstanding prerequisites need to be completed by the conclusion of the Spring 2014 semester. If you are not registered or enrolled for outstanding prerequisites, please notify our office immediately, as you are no longer eligible for admission. Transcripts are due for outstanding prerequisites as soon as the course has been completed, but no later than July 1, 2014. Should you fail to adhere to this policy, your seat will be automatically forfeited.
Transcripts for Spring 2014 must be sent to the Student Services Office if you took any coursework in Spring, regardless of whether these courses were or were not prerequisites. If you received a degree in Spring, then your final transcript must show conferral of degree. Final transcripts are due to our office by July 1, 2014.
To secure your seat in the class, we require a $250 Advance Enrollment Deposit (AED) paid online by April 15, 2014. The AED will be applied toward your Fall 2014 semester tuition. You will receive an e-mail with online payment instructions from our office as soon as you confirm your intention to enroll.
Class of 2018 Required Documents
Please print, complete and sign the forms for the following four action items by July 1, 2014:
- Psychomotor Requirements Form (2 pages)
- Medical Surveillance Checklist and Student Attestation Form (2 pages)
- Permission to Release Information Form
- FERPA Consent-Release of Photo Form
- Rabies Vaccine Certification/Waiver Form
We require signatures so please send (mail or hand deliver) original completed forms to:
ATTN: Student Services Office
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University
1060 William Moore Drive, Box 8401
Raleigh, NC 27607
Items of Importance
ALL CAMPUS NETWORK (Wolfpack One Card)
New DVM Students will be eligible after June 9, 2014 to pick up your All-Campus Card, required to access our campus, at the West Dunn Building on main campus. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Please pick up your All-Campus Card prior to the first day of orientation on August 7th. If you currently have an unexpired Wolfpack One Card, you can continue to use it. If you have an expired card, you will need to bring that card with you in order to receive a new one to access our campus.
PLEASE NOTE: The Wolfpack One Card Office moved to the West Dunn Building on Dan Allen Dr. at Thurman Dr. near Bragaw Residence Hall effective Monday, April 29, 2013. You are encouraged to review the Wolfpack One Card web site before visiting campus to learn of any potential service interruptions.
In past years, we have found that many incoming students have had limited exposure to comparative anatomy and physiology. Dr. Jill Barnes will be contacting you about participating in a free on-line summer course that will give you a better foundation in these subjects. Please consider this course, even if some of it is review for you. The textbook for the course is an excellent reference. It is An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology (Third Edition) by Janet Amundson Romich. It is available online (check major online retailers) for $71.00 (new) and $44.00 (used).
Computing Resources and Educational Media and Design are excited about helping you succeed in your learning. The entire curriculum is on-line and accessible by all CVM faculty and students. While a computer is not required, it is highly recommended.
Please look carefully at the recommendations for hardware and software. You will be processing a wealth of information and having the correct tools to acquire, organize and process that information is critical. A number of learning objects are supported by Adobe Flash. Please keep this in mind when considering your purchase. Consider home access to a high speed connection. Many of the videos will have to be viewed at the College if your connectivity is limited.
The Counseling Service Office provides academic counseling, personal counseling, and consultation services for DVM students, Graduate students, and VHC House Officers.
Bovine Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity for veterinary and animal science students to experience the many facets of the cattle industry. Fifty students and several veterinary faculty take a week long trip in December to visit a region in the United States. The group tours dairy farms, cow-calf operations, feedlots, processing facilities and bovine veterinary practices. This is an invaluable opportunity for students from all backgrounds to experience all different types of animal agriculture. Cowabunga hopes to visit California this year. This will be the first time this group will have traveled to California, and it is working hard to raise funds to alleviate the cost of the trip. The tentative California trip agenda will include visiting conventional farms, feedlots, organic farms, processing facilities, and potentially a sheep or goat farm. The estimated cost of the trip to the student is $350 this year. This amount may decrease based on the success of fundraising.
It is expected that admitted applicants who accept the offer of admission matriculate into the semester for which they are admitted. However, it is understood that rare extenuating circumstances may arise that precipitate a need to request a deferral.
The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Faculty Committee on Admissions will review a one-year deferral request on a case-by-case basis. Reasons for a deferral include, but are not limited to, medical emergencies, health concerns and academic options (Fulbright Award, completion of a graduate degree, etc.).
It is understood that an admitted applicant can’t request a deferral in order to establish residency for tuition purposes or to finish completing prerequisites. When possible, the deferral request should be submitted by July 1 of the admissions cycle year to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Please consult the Student Services Office if you have any questions about the process.
As a new student, the CVM Student Services Office will register you for Fall 2014 semester courses. You will receive a tuition bill in July. You must adhere to the tuition due date to avoid late registration procedures and fees. If you do not receive your bill, please contact the Cashier’s Office/Students Accounts Department prior to August 1, 2014 at (919) 515-2986.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Previous first year classes have created a list of frequently asked questions and a guide to vet school jargon to assist you in your transition to the DVM Program. There are additional frequently asked questions for current students that you may find helpful.
GOOGLE APPS @ NC STATE
Google Apps at NC State is the official e-mail provider for NC State students. Read more about Google at NC State and the Terms of Service to get acquainted with this provided service. This is a separate account from any other personal gmail.com account you may already have and the two can't be combined.
You are responsible for checking your university e-mail account regularly and responding to official e-mails. Be sure to log into your google.ncsu.edu mail to make sure you are receiving our e-mails.
Direct questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful information on housing has been compiled by previous classes. The university designates one residence hall for graduate students. However, pets are not permitted.
The Student Services Office created a listserve for the Class of 2018 as soon as the class roster was finalized. The listserve address will be "email@example.com" You will receive an e-mail once the list becomes active. You must use your unity email address on listserve. You will receive details on your unity id and password as soon as we have received your advance enrollment deposit.
The MyPack Portal is the gateway to the university's administrative offices. Information regarding MyPack will be sent to you once your Unity ID has been created. You will use the MyPack portal to view financial information, class schedule, class rank, unofficial transcript and update personal and emergency contact information (among other things). A tutorial is available to help you navigate the resources.
The College of Veterinary Medicine hosted its annual open house on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Permits will be available for purchase through the Transportation Office beginning July 9, 2014. Click on the "Online Permit Sale" link.
The "CC" permit will allow you to park in the Deck. The cost is $327 for the 2014-15 academic year.
Permits will be mailed starting the week of July 22nd to the address the student provides. The Transportation Office will honor permits once they are placed correctly on the vehicle and will expire on August 15, 2015.
Permits purchased after August 4th will have to be picked up in the Transportation Office. Permits will take 2 business days to process before a student can pick up (no exceptions) and no temporary permit will be issued, enforcement will be citing.
Rabies immunizations are highly recommended before starting classes, and you are required to report your status on our form. You can contact your private physician or local health department to receive these immunizations. Veterinarians, as professionals, are considered at risk for exposure to rabies, which is often fatal. Please note that this is not a requirement nor condition for enrollment and is totally voluntary. NCSU-CVM will hold a rabies clinic in October 2014 (Dates TBD). The charge for each rabies shot is $212 (subject to change without notice).
Students covered by Student Blue (Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina), the university health plan, can get the shots either at Student Health Services or at the CVM annual Rabies Clinic, and it will be covered by the insurance plan.
RESIDENCY FOR TUITION PURPOSES
Admitted applicants from states other than North Carolina are encouraged to explore the possibility of applying for residency for tuition purposes. You must live in North Carolina for 12 months prior to eligibility. Student Legal Services provides assistance with meeting residency requirements and completing the application.
The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, is a non-profit, student-run group modeled after its parent organization, the American Veterinary Medical Association. At NC State University, SCAVMA is the umbrella organization for 22 other professional group student chapters and student clubs. SCAMVA organizes fundraisers and social events, helps support educational opportunities at the school, and represents the student body to the college administration and the AVMA. SCAVMA also provides funding for both group and individual educational opportunities, such as travel to veterinary conferences, externships, wetlabs, and guest speakers.
SCAVMA also maintains a store where you can order CVM merchandise. Items will be available for purchase from the SCAVMA store during Open House on March 29, 2014, during orientation in August and at the White Coat Ceremony on August 9, 2014.
Additional class and club merchandise is available from:
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID
You have already received an email with information regarding scholarships and financial aid. The CVM scholarship application link will be sent to you as soon as you confirm your acceptance by paying your Advance Enrollment Deposit. Scholarship questions may be directed to Johanna_Donovan@ncsu.edu.
The MyPack Portal system is the University's main student information system. You can use MyPack portal to view your Financial Aid Status and billing statements. To access the portal, you will need your Unity ID and password. Incoming DVM students are assigned a Unity ID when they are admitted. DVM student financial aid awards are processed in June prior to matriculation. New incoming students should have financial aid awards showing in the MyPack Portal by the end of June. After this time, to view your financial aid status, log in to the portal and go to:
Student Self Service > Campus Finances > Financial Aid Status. You will be given several options to review including:
Awards: View your awards. Note: some funds listed may be under review for eligibility.
Accept Awards: You are required to accept or decline awards offered to you. If you do not accept your awards, your bill from the University Cashier’s Office will not reflect your estimated aid. Your aid will not disburse until you have accepted your aid offered.
Documents: List of all documents we received from you and/or still need to complete your financial aid application.
Messages: Explanation of information/documentation that must be submitted before your eligibility for financial aid may be determined.
Loans: Your federal Direct loans for the academic year
Loan History: Summary of your outstanding federal student loan balances for all schools.
Forms: Access to print forms listed as required on the Documents tab.
Disbursements: Review of aid disbursed to you.
Financial Aid for the Fall 2014 semester will be posted to student accounts on the first official start date for the University. This Fall, that date is August 20, 2014. On that date, your financial aid (loans, scholarships and grants) will be released to your student account. Your "bill" to the University will be deducted from that amount and then the next business day the remainder of your aid will be refunded to you via direct deposit to the personal bank account you have designated.
If you plan to pay your tuition and fees bill without any financial aid (loans, etc), you will need to be prepared to pay your bill when it arrives to your MYPACK portal in July, by the due date on the bill. If you applied for financial aid, on your e-bill you will see "estimated financial aid". Your tuition and fees will be deducted from that and you will see the amount to be refunded to you or the amount that you need to pay the university.
Important Financial Aid Information for NON RESIDENT Admitted students
The total cost of attendance for a NON resident DVM student is more than the allowable from the federal government. (Currently $40,500.00 per year). The difference between the total cost of attendance and your award amount will need to be covered in some other way. Unless you have personal savings to use for living expenses, etc. non residents should apply for and accept a GRADPLUS loan. Now that you know exactly how much you are receiving from the university and the federal government, you can go ahead and apply for the GRADPLUS loan (if necessary).
GRADPLUS loans are not part of aid processed directly through the university financial aid office so you will not see a GRADPLUS loan initially offered in your MYPACK portal as it is not part of your financial aid award. If you wish to apply for a GRADPLUS loan, you need to do this through a separate application. Information on how to apply for this loan is pasted below from the studentloans.gov website for your review. Remember that you will need to complete an application for this loan. Additionally, you will not be notified through the MYPACK system of your approval for this loan. This is handled between the GRADPLUS loan entity and you and correspondence regarding this loan will be directly from them to you. After your GRADPLUS loan is approved, the university will be notified and you will see your GRADPLUS loan listed on your financial aid award page.
PLUS loans for Graduate Students
The Federal Graduate PLUS Loan is a Federal loan program which allows Graduate and Professional students to borrow a low interest federally backed student loan when Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan eligibility has been exhausted. Like the Parent PLUS Loan, the Graduate PLUS Loan can be used to pay for the total cost of attendance minus any financial aid you've already been awarded. Also like the Parent PLUS Loan, eligibility for the Graduate PLUS Loan is largely dependent on the borrower's credit rating and history. There is no form to submit to NC State; students should go to studentloans.gov to apply and then, when processed, complete the PLUS Request Process/Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling page to complete the loan validation process.
Your financial aid award report in your MYPACK portal should list any grants, scholarships and unsubsidized loans. You can accept or decline any portion of these amounts. However, you must go into your MYPACK portal and either accept or decline these awards before your aid will be processed.
So, a combination of any of your personal funds, your university financial aid awards (loans, grants, scholarships) and your GRADPLUS loan should cover the total cost of attendance. Your university financial aid (for the semester) is posted to your "bill" on the first day of classes for the university (August 20). Your tuition and fees are paid and the next day any remaining funds are deposited into the personal account you designated. This occurs for spring semester again in January. If any of you need a letter confirming your financial aid in order to hold an apartment, please contact Johanna Donovan and she will provide this letter to you.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with important information concerning:
The Student Services Office will notify you of the documents required for submission as soon as you confirm your seat in the class.
If you previously attended North Carolina State University and your HealthWeb account reflects receipt of completed immunization records, you may not need to resubmit these. Please contact Health Services at 919.515.2563 to confirm.
Information on ordering supplies and textbooks is available from Veterinary Educational Textbooks & Supplies, Inc. (VETS). Alise Baer, Class of 2015 is the President of VETS for 2013-2014. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRANSPORTATION and PARKING
DVM students are eligible to purchase a "CC" parking permit for the Centennial Biomedical Campus parking deck. Permit purchases are available online. Permit sales begin in early July. All DVM students are eligible to purchase a permit. There is no credit hour restriction for ordering permits because there is ample parking at the CVM.
DVM students are also eligible to ride the university's bus, Wolfline.
VETERINARY EDUCATIONAL TEXTBOOKS & SUPPLIES, INC. (VETS)
VETS is a non-profit, student-run organization whose profits go to the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The VETS student representative has provided the first year class with informational resources found below.
Returning DVM Students Remember Their First Year
Listen to five returning students recall their first year of vet school:
- What was your first week in vet school like?
- Top piece of advice for first year?
- What had you heard that turned out NOT to be true about first year vet school?
- Academically, how is vet school similar to and different from your undergraduate experience?
- How do you balance school and personal life?
It is very important that our office have your current postal and e-mail addresses at all times in order to keep you updated on information regarding the fall semester.