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 5,200 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 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 www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu.
A non-specified number of resident, nonresident, and WICHE applicants are accepted. International students are also considered for admission.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
VMCAS application deadline:
Thursday, September 15, 2016 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:
Date admission notifications available in portal:
Deposit (to hold place in class):
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)
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 2015 had a mean cumulative GPA of 3.70 and a mean science GPA of 3.80.
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?
Is this an International School?
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
*courses must be taken at the upper division level at a four-year university.
Number of Semesters / Quarters
General chemistry (w/ lab)
|| 2 / 3
Organic chemistry (
|| 2 / 2-3
|| 2 / 2-3
General biology (
|| 2 / 3
|| 1 / 1
(bioenergetics and metabolism)*
| 1 / 1
(genes and gene expression)*
|| 1 / 1
|| 1 / 1
Estimated Tuition Resident:
Estimated Tuition Contract:
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
AVAILABLE SEATS - 140
Graduate Record Examination, general test is required. The acceptable GRE test dates for applicants entering 2017 are August 31, 2011 - August 31, 2016. Scores must be sent directly to VMCAS by September 15, 2016. For the most current GRE submission information, please see http://aavmc.org/gre2017.aspx.
Accepts International Students?
Combined DVM/PhD graduate degree programs are
Visit our Veterinary Scientist Training Program information
Last Updated 3/18/2016 sam