Student Computing Information (CaTS)

K-State CVM Student Computer Recommendations

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine believes that in order to maximize the learning experience and prepare for the medical, technological, and business challenges of the world they will be entering, our students must be proficient in the use of technology. As a result, the college implemented the Student Computing Initiative beginning Fall of 2007.

The best experience with our learning environment requires students have their own personal laptop. These computers are the student's window to their education throughout the 4-year curriculum, providing access to K-State Canvas, as well as serving as a communications and collaboration tool between their fellow students and their professors.

The minimum recommended specs are as follows:

  • Windows 11
  • 512GB Storage
  • 16GB RAM
  • I7 processor

Equivalent or greater on all recommended specs.

K-State CVM Student Computing Resources

Students are encouraged to review the K-State Information Technology policies, the CVM Network policies and procedures, and the CVM TabletPC Policies.

The following computing resources are available to CVM students. If you have any questions, please contact CaTS, 4 Trotter Hall, 785-260-8880.

  • CVM Library:

    The CVM Library has computers and printers available for public use. There is a charge for printing in the library and throughout the CVM complex. Printing credit can be purchased from library staff.

  • K-State Campus Electronic ID (eID):

    All K-State students are required to register for an eID. Your eID is your K-State user name and becomes part of your K-State e-mail address. It is also used to enroll in classes, accept financial aid, access K-State Online and manage your eProfile to change your password, turn e-mail forwarding on, sign up for K-State Alerts emergency notifications and more.

    Your eID's security is your responsibility. Keep your eID password private. K-State policy prohibits using someone else's eID or sharing passwords.

    You will need your WID (Wildcat ID) to complete the eID registration process. To register for your eID, go to

  • CVM Network Accounts:

    All CVM students are given a CVM network account that mirrors their campus eID. These accounts are required in order to attach to the CVM network and use network resources from TabletPCs or other available computers within the college.

  • Remote CVM Intranet access:

    The K-State College of Veterinary Medicine's Intranet Website (iWeb) is where you'll find information specifically for the faculty, staff, and students of the college. As such, access to this site is restricted to KSUCVM users via their CVM username and password. There may be further restrictions to specific sections of the site based on user status.

  • K-State Canvas:

    K-State Canvas is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, web-based learning management system that transforms the everyday classroom into interactive web sessions for the K-State community. Canvas offers you simple yet powerful ways to: view course lectures and materials, download files provided by the instructor, upload documents and assignments in various media formats, participate in chat rooms with a white board and message boards, be part of a student group within your particular class, view your grades and progress reports, communicate with your instructor via email. Log into Canvas with your K-State eID and password.


    Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Computing and Technical Support (CaTS) primary mission is the support of faculty/staff desktop computers, and student laptops who are part of the student laptop initiative. Support is also provided for university owned printers, laptops, hand-held computing devices, and peripheral devices such as scanners, barcode readers, etc. We will not support personally owned computing devices, no exceptions.


To protect the university's network and resources as well as other K-Staters’ systems, K-State requires computers connecting to the university network to:

1. Set Microsoft Update to check for updates daily and install critical updates automatically.

If your network device is identified as being vulnerable and/or infected, it will be blocked from accessing the network until it has been repaired and/or patched. Once a computer is compromised, it may be necessary to reformat the computer's hard drive in order to return it to a known safe state. To help avoid this scenario, KSUCVM has adopted these additional policies:

2. Computers will be configured to download and install critical updates through the CVM Windows Server Update Services. This insures that the latest critical patches and updates are available to CVM computers even if Microsoft's servers are temporarily overloaded or unavailable, and allows the updates to be installed at times that are convenient to our users.

The configuration requirements above can be removed upon leaving the university.