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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 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, nonresident, and WICHE applicants are accepted. International students are also considered for admission.


Course Description                                                     Number of Hours/Credits

General chemistry (with laboratory) Two semesters (3 quarters) w/lab

Organic chemistry (with laboratory)                              Two semesters (2-3 quarters) w/lab

Physics Two semesters (2-3 quarters)

General biology (with laboratory) Two semesters (3 quarters) w/lab

*Systemic physiology One semester/quarter

*Biochemistry (bioenergetics and metabolism) One semester/quarter

*Genetics (genes and gene expression) One semester/quarter

English composition and additional English Two semesters

Humanities and social sciences Two semesters

Statistics One semester

*courses must be taken at the upper division level


VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Supplemental information is required. School will no­tify applicant via portal after Oct. 2 deadline.

Date interviews are held: mid-December

Date notifications available via portal: mid-January

School begins: August

Deposit (to hold place in class): required

Deferments: only on case by case basis


Grades - Science GPA and Last 45 units

GRE Quantitative scores

PPI Evaluations (Three ETS PPI evaluations must be re­ceived by UC Davis no later than Oct. 2, 2014. PPI evalua­tions are in addition to the e-LORs required by VMCAS.)

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 2013 had a mean cumulative GPA of 3.70.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? yes

Is this an International School? no


Estimated Tuition Resident: $34, 213

Estimated Tuition Contract: $46,458

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $46,458


Resident: varied

Contract: varied

Non-Resident: varied


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examina­tion, general test is required. The acceptable GRE test dates for applicants entering fall 2015 are September 1, 2009 - September 1, 2014. (Test code for UC Davis SVM is 4804.)

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Dual-Degree programs

Combined DVM/PhD graduate degree programs are available.

Visit our Veterinary Scientist Training Program infor­mation at

Application Deadline: 10/2/2014

Page Updated: 05/05/14

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