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

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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.


The professional curriculum at UC Davis is a four-year program of academic study and clinical skills training leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Each student is provided with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in comparative veterinary medicine, before choosing a species-specific stream in small or large animal. Following this, the flexible design allows students to focus on careers in small animal, large animal, equine, livestock, zoologic or mixed animal practices as well as poultry, laboratory animal, aquatic medicine, pathology, public health or research.

·         Health & Wellness:

·         Diversity & Disadvantaged / Accommodations:

·         Class Size: 150 available

o         Resident #: varied

o         Non-Resident #: varied

o         Contract # 0

o         International Seats #: considered nonresident

·         Applicant Pool (prior year) 2017-18?

o         Resident #493

o         Non-Resident #553

·         International School: No

·         Accepts International Applicants: Yes

·         VMCAS Participant: Yes


·         Pre-Requisite Chart Update

o         Date pre-reqs must be completed: June 30, 2020

o         Minimum grade of C in all pre-requisite courses.

·         VMCAS application: Yes

·         Supplemental application: Yes

o         Through VMCAS: No

o         External: Yes

·         Transcript Requirements

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

o         International Transcripts Required unless attached to WES report

o         WES Report Required: Yes

·         Test Requirements

o         GRE Test Deadline: August 31

o         TOEFL Test Deadline: August 31

o         OTHER Test Deadlines N/A

·         Experiences

o         A minimum of 180 hours of veterinary experience are required by the application deadline (September 17 of current application year) to have your application considered for admission.

o         Minimum hours requirements: 180

·         Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

o         Letters Guidance Statement:

o         Minimum number required: 3

o         Veterinarian Required: Yes

·         Bachelor’s degree required: Yes

·         Academic Statement

o         Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

o         Required minimum science GPA 2.50

·         Interview Required: Yes

o         Type of interview MMI


             Admissions Process Statement:

·         Deadlines:

o   Application Open Date: May 9, 2019

o   Application Deadline Date: September 17, 2019

o   Supplemental Open Date:

§  After the VMCAS application has been Verified, applicants will have access to the supplemental application

o   Supplemental Deadline Date: Mid-October

o   Transcripts Received Date: September 17

o   eLOR Received Date: September 17

o   GRE Scores Received Date: September 17

o   Interviews held: December

§  Interviews are conducted using the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) technique. The MMI is a series of short, structured interviews used to assess personal traits/ qualities. Each mini interview provides a candidate with a few minutes to read a question/scenario and mentally prepare before entering the interview room. Upon entering, the candidate has several minutes of dialogue with one interviewer/assessor/rater (or, in some cases, a third party as the interviewer/assessor observes). At the conclusion of the interview, the interviewer/assessor has a few minutes to evaluate while the candidate moves to the next scenario. This pattern is repeated through a circuit of 10 stations. o Offers released: Mid-January

o   Orientation held: Mid-August

o   Classes being: Mid-August

o   Deposit required: No

o   Defers granted: Reviewed on a case-by-case basis for unexpected medical reasons or extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student

o   Transfers accepted: Yes


·         Science GPA

·         Academic History Science GPA

·         Last 45 GPA semester/68 quarter units

·         GRE Quantitative Scores

·         eLOR Composite score of three eLORs

·         Veterinary Experience

·         Leadership Skills

·         Personal Essays

·         Contribution to diversity

·         Non-cognitive skills

·         Readiness to matriculate

·         Employment history

·         Interview

·         Letters of Recommendation


·         GRE Average and Range Quantitative: 73%

·         GPA Average and Range: Mean Cumulative: 3.7

·         Number of applications: 1046

·         Number interviewed (or N/A): 239

·         Number selected: 184

·         Number Accepted into class: 150

·         Number matriculated: 150


*For current year (2020 matriculation) unknown. 2019 matriculation approx.:

·         Resident (in-State)

o   $ 36,452 includes mandatory health insurance unless waived

·         Non-Resident (out-of-state)

o   $ 48,697 includes mandatory health insurance unless waived


·         Combined Programs statement

o   Veterinary Scientist Training Program (VSTP) Combined DVM/PhD graduate degree program.

·         Curriculum Statement

o  The curriculum utilizes block scheduling which provides all students with a comparative approach integrating normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology centered on body systems rather than disciplines. Recognizing that students learn in different ways, it utilizes a variety of methodologies such as problems, cases, lectures, small groups discussions and laboratories. It is learner-centered allowing students to take ownership of their education and designed such that students are allotted time to work in small groups researching information and solving problems.

·         Clinicals begin:

o   4th-year clinics are 58 weeks and begin in late April through the following May.

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