How to Apply

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Both prospective and current UC Davis DVM students are eligible to apply to the Veterinary Scientist Training Program (VSTP). To be considered a VSTP participant, a student must meet the admission requirements for both the DVM program and the chosen PhD program. A very select group of applicants are chosen for VSTP interviews. During a two-day interview session, the prospective VSTP student will meet veterinary faculty and students who will evaluate their candidacy for admission into both the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate School.* Admission to the DVM program is granted by the Admissions Committee of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Enrollment in a PhD program requires admission by the campus Graduate Division and the PhD program of the discipline selected by the prospective student. The VSTP Advisory Committee has formed close liaisons with graduate groups on campus to facilitate and coordinate the admissions process. In general, to be competitive in this highly selective process, successful candidates for the VSTP are those applicants who have demonstrated a higher academic standing than candidates for the individual degree programs.

*Applicants who apply for the VSTP, but do not receive VSTP interviews, will still be considered along with all candidates by the School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Committee for admission to the DVM program.

Learn more about the VSTP Fellowship and Curriculum through the links below.