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Mobile Computing Initiative

Faculty at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine want to provide you the best education possible. They realize that today information technology is an essential tool for veterinarians just like a stethoscope has been. Our faculty are implementing valuable new teaching techniques and methods in the classroom. Some examples:

  • Real time polling to gauge student learning in a lecture
  • Virtual microscope slides that allow more portability and easier discussion
  • In class access to extensive online resources
  • Color images of relevant anatomy or disease examples
  • Digital movies of patients and procedures
  • Use of digital ink to take notes on instructors' presentations
  • Audio files for feedback on student work

The wealth of digital veterinary information and the advantages of portable computers combined with wireless networking have led us to conclude that these tools are an essential part of the veterinary educational process at Iowa State University. That is why we began in the fall of 2006 requiring all students entering the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine to purchase a mobile computer through a college-negotiated bulk purchasing agreement. The computer fee is $2550.00.

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Why do I have to buy this specific computer model?

You may already own a mobile computer, leading you to wonder why you should be required to invest in a new one. This computer will become part of your every day learning environment, just like your textbooks or class notes. Because we view your tablet computer as an essential piece of educational equipment, we are committed to ensuring that you are fully supported by the College's Computer Services. Unfortunately, it would not be feasible to provide optimal support for multiple computer makes and models.

How will I be charged for this computer? Will financial aid be available?

After you are admitted to the ISUCVM, a charge for $2550.00 (or whatever the cost was after modifying the order) will be placed on your University Bill for the Fall Semester. As an entering VM student, the cost of the computer has already been factored into the financial aid award offer which you will receive in May detailing the financial aid which you are eligible to receive.

What about printing?

Currently there are a number of high speed laser printers (both color and black & white) available for students to print to in the college. Student computer fee money is used to help pay for the printers, paper and toner.

Will I have internet access?

All of our major classrooms and many of the public spaces in the college have wireless network connections. All students can access the network and the internet through these connections.




The warranty covers all parts of the laptop including accidential damage.  The battery on the laptop comes with a one year warrant unless you opt for the additional battery warranty expalined below.

Battery warranty




Part Number


Service  Description

3-Year Battery Replacement


Provides a onetime battery replacement from the beginning of the second year of warranty through the end of the warranty period of the main unit. If Fujitsu requests that the unit be shipped to the Fujitsu depot for battery replacement, Fujitsu will pay for shipping to the Fujitsu depot and return shipping to the customer. Unit must have a 3-Year Standard International Limited Warranty.


If you have any questions regarding the mobile computing initiative, please contact Steven Kovarik, Director of Information Technology.  He can be reached by email skovarik@iastate.edu or phone 515-294-1359.