University of California - Davis

School of Veterinary Medicine
Office of the Dean—Student Programs
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 5,300 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 35,000 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 public and the environment. 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 in 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 William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, UC Veterinary Medical 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.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to our website at

Residency implications: A non-specified number of resident and nonresident applicants are accepted.  International applicants are also considered for admission.  (Please note: Beginning with the 2018-19 application cycle, WICHE applicants will be considered nonresidents.)


VMCAS application deadline: Friday, September 17, 2018 at 9 PM Pacific Time

Supplemental information is required. School will notify the applicant to set-up portal and complete supplemental information after application has been verified by VMCAS.

Date interviews are held: TBD (December or January)

Date admission notifications available in portal: TBD (January or February)

School begins: August

Deposit (to hold place in class): not required

Deferments: reviewed on a case-by-case basis for unexpected medical reasons or situations beyond control of applicant


Cumulative Science GPA

Last (most recent) 45 semester/67.5 quarter units GPA

GRE Quantitative scores

VMCAS Electronic Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

MMI Interview


Required undergraduate GPA: a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale is required for all science courses completed and 2.50 on all courses cumulatively at time of application. Applicants admitted in fall 2017 had a mean cumulative GPA of 3.70 and a mean science GPA of 3.71.

AP credit policy: Credit must appear on official college transcript with course name and units awarded and must be equivalent to the prerequisite course being satisfied.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? yes

Is this an International School? no


Course Description Number of Semesters / Quarters
General chemistry (w/ lab) 2 / 3
Organic chemistry (w/ lab) 2 / 2-3
Physics 2 / 2-3
General biology (w/ lab) 2 / 3
Systemic physiology* 1 / 1
Biochemistry (bioenergetics and metabolism)* 1 / 1
Genetics(genes and gene expression)* 1 / 1
Statistics 1 / 1

*courses must be taken at the upper division level at a four-year university.


Estimated Tuition Resident: $36,011

Estimated Tuition Contract: N/A

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $48,256


Resident: varied

Contract: N/A

Non-Resident: varied


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination, general test is required. The acceptable GRE test dates for applicants entering 2019 are August 31, 2013 - August 31, 2018. Scores must be sent directly to VMCAS code 4804 by September 17, 2018.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Dual-Degree Programs

Combined DVM/PhD graduate degree programs areavailable. 

Visit our Veterinary Scientist Training Program informationat

Application Deadline: 9/17/2018