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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. It is the largest campus, with 5,200 acres. The Davis campus is set between the Coast Range to the west and the towering Sierra Nevada to the east in the heart of the Central Valley. The campus is close to California’s state capital and the San Francisco Bay Area but cherishes its small-town culture and security. Davis is surrounded by open space, including some of the most productive agricultural land in the state. The terrain is flat, and 50 miles of bike paths crisscross the city. Davis has earned the title “City of Bicycles.” Winters in Davis are generally mild. Summers are hot and dry, usually in the low 90s, although some days it can exceed 100 degrees. Spring and fall weather is some of the most pleasant in the state. UC Davis is an outstanding research and training institution with over 32,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The Davis campus has four undergraduate colleges, graduate studies in all schools and colleges, and professional programs carried out in the schools of Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine. 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, Center for Companion Animal Health and Center for Equine Health. There are many other centers and innovative programs at UC Davis. The school is fully committed to recruiting students with diverse backgrounds.


Application Information


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: A non-specified number of resident, nonresident, and WICHE applicants are accepted. International students are also considered for admission.


Prerequisites for Admission


Course requirements and quarter hours  

General chemistry (with laboratory)


Organic chemistry (with laboratory)




General biology (with laboratory)


Systemic physiology*


Biochemistry* (bioenergetics and metabolism)




English composition and additional English


Humanities and social sciences





* Upper-division courses equivalent to one semester or one quarter—labs not required.


Note: equivalent courses may vary in units and may also require other prerequisites. All lower division courses are full year courses on the semester system.

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 2012 had a mean cumulative GPA of 3.63.

AP credit policy: credit and subject title must appear on official college transcripts.

Course completion deadline: all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation. Three-quarters of the required courses must be completed at the time of application.

Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test is required. The acceptable GRE test dates for applicants entering fall  2013 are September 1, 2008 - September 1, 2013. The average GRE scores for the class admitted in 2012 are verbal 574, quantitative 701 and analytical writing 4.55. Only the quantitative score of the GRE will be used as part of the evaluation of the application. All GRE scores must be received by October 15.

Additional requirements and considerations

Veterinary/animal experience

Minimum 180 hrs. of veterinary experience at time of application.

Letters of evaluation (3) and (3) ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluations including at least one (1) from a veterinarian. 

PPI evaluations and VMCAS Letters of evaluation may come from the same people.

Personal statement of motivation/career goals
Accuracy and neatness of application

Summary of Admission Procedure  


VMCAS application deadline: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
No supplemental application required.
Date interviews are held: mid-December
Date notifications available via portal: mid-January
School begins: August

Deposit (to hold place in class): none required. Deferments: only on case by case basis.

Evaluation criteria

Grades - Science GPA and Last 45 units
GRE Quantitative scores
PPI Evaluations
MMI Interview

2011–2012 admissions summary

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Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic year

Tuition and fees





Contract student*


* For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces. Contract students are not eligible for WICHE funding but all contract and nonresidents may be able to establish residency in California after one year.

Dual-Degree programs

Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available.
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