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University of California - Davis

School of Veterinary Medicine
Office of the Dean—Student Programs3
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis CA 95616
Telephone: (530) 752-1383



The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) cam­pus is one of 10 campuses of the University of Califor­nia system. It is the largest campus, with 5,200 acres. The Davis campus is located in Yolo County in the Central Valley of northern California. Davis is situated 11 miles west of Sacramento, 385 miles north of Los Angeles, and 72 miles northeast of San Francisco. Da­vis is surrounded by open space, including some of the most productive agricultural land in the state. The terrain is flat and the City of Da­vis is a friendly college town that cares about sustainability and welcoming newcomers. Ranked as one of the best towns to live in in the na­tion, Davis is also considered the most bike-friendly city in the nation. The Central Val­ley climate can be described as Mediterranean. The mild temperate climate means en­joyment of outdoors all year long. During the hot, dry, sunny summers, temperatures on some days can exceed 100 degrees F; however, more often summer tempera­tures are in the low 90s. Spring and fall has some of the most pleasant weather in the state. Winters in Davis are usually mild. UC Davis is an outstanding research and training institution with over 34,000 undergradu­ate, graduate and professional students. The Davis cam­pus has four undergraduate colleges, graduate studies in all schools and colleges, and six professional programs carried out in the schools of Education, Law, Manage­ment, Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine.

Since 1948 the School of Veterinary Medicine serves the people of California by providing educational, re­search, clinical service, and public service programs of the highest quality to advance the health and care of ani­mals, the health of the environment, and public health, and to contribute to the economy. School of Veterinary Medicine faculty members have earned a reputation for their broad expertise and shared commitment to solving some of society’s most persistent health problems. The school’s impact is evident in the accomplishments of cli­nicians who have developed novel treatments and basic scientists who continue to make major discoveries in ani­mal, human and environmental health. We address the health of all animals, including livestock, poultry, com­panion animals, captive and free-ranging wildlife, exotic animals, birds, aquatic mammals and fish, and animals used in biological and medical research. Our expertise also encompasses related human health concerns.

To carry out this mission, we focus on students of our professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine program, graduate clinical residency program and graduate aca­demic MS and PhD programs. The school is fully com­mitted to recruiting students with diverse backgrounds.

The School of Veterinary Medicine is home of the Willima R. Pritchard Vterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, UC Veterinary Medican Center-San Diego and Centers of Excellence-fostering research, teaching and service focused on species interests and multidisciplinary themes. There are many other centers and innovative programs at UC Davis. Our statewide mission includes 28 research and clinical programs including continuing education; extension; and community outreach .

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