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Computing and Technical Support (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.

Every 1st-year student enrolling at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine receives a new convertible laptop computer during their orientation week. These computers are the student's window to their education throughout the 4-year curriculum, providing access to electronic versions of all curricular materials made available via the CVM Intranet and/or K-State Online (including text, images, audio, and video), as well as serving as a communications and collaboration tool between their fellow students and their professors.

The program benefits for students and parents include:

  • Uniformity - Students will have hardware and software that is compatible with all other veterinary students and their professors.

  • Flexibility - Students can more effectively use computers throughout the Veterinary Medicine complex and from other locations on campus. Since the computers offer wireless access, they will provide “anytime, anywhere” convenience, enabling the students to connect to all network services and functions between the College of Veterinary Medicine and Kansas State University.

  • Support - The computers will be under warranty, and CVM IT staff are vendor certified and available to troubleshoot and make repairs if needed. Complete computer replacement within 24 hours will be available for catastrophic damage.

  • Value and Convenience - The burden for students and parents on deciding which computer and what software to buy has been greatly reduced, as the computer will be furnished, configured, and maintained as part of the student's technology fee. Overall cost to the student will be lower than individual purchases due to buying power, academic incentives, and standardization.

The current model being issued is the Fujitsu Lifebook T902. Click on the following link for more information:

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, 785-532-4725. Visit the CaTS web site at http://www.vet.k-state.edu/cats.

  • CVM Library:

    The CVM Library has a computer available exclusively for CVM students. The computer provides CVM students access to all CVM multimedia teaching programs, the Internet, the CVM Intranet, and e-mail. There is a charge for printing in the library and throughout the CVM complex. Printing credit can be purchased from library staff.

  • Student Technology Room:

    The CVM Library maintains room 405B as a Student technology Room. This room houses 2 networked computers containing a variety of useful software, as well as color scanning and printing capabilities (printing credit can be purchased from library staff). Access is restricted to students via use of their ID badges, and is available 24/7.

  • 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. Remember that you must change your password every 180 days.

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

  • 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.

  • Internet Service Providers:

    K-State Telecommunications is the Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the K-State community, and their dial-up service is available to all K-State students. There are two dial-in rates available, ranging from $5-10/month. On-Line sign-up for this service is available at http://www.telecom.ksu.edu, or you may visit the Telecom offices at 109 East Stadium during business hours. Information on other Manhattan area ISPs, including high-speed cable and DSL Broadband services, can be located in the Manhattan Yellow Pages under "Internet Service Providers".

  • Remote CVM Intranet access:

    The CVM Intranet (internal Internet) contains course information, class syllabi, student announcements, and programs accessible only to CVM faculty, staff, and students, and access is restricted to computers connected within the CVM complex. To access the CVM Intranet from off-campus, students must use their CVM network username and password.

  • K-State Online:

    K-State Online is K-State's Internet-based course management system that transforms the everyday classroom into interactive web sessions for K-State's on-campus and distance education communities. K-State Online allows you to get your coursework done on your schedule, in your way. You can work on assignments, tests and group projects or participate in class discussions or surveys any time of day, wherever you are. K-State Online can be accessed at http://public.online.ksu.edu/ by signing in with your K-State eID.


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. Install the university’s site-licensed anti-virus software and have it configured to update continuously through a local server.

  2. 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:

  1. 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.