Educational Opportunities for Veterinary Students

Wildlife veterinarians play key roles in endangered species recovery teams, in zoos and aquaria, in resource management agencies and in public health. Thanks to the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, The School of Veterinary Medicine offers in-depth training in One Health and with wildlife professions. 

Our innovative training is available to senior veterinary students across the country through an externship program that is offered in coordination with California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Students may consider the following options:

Veterinarian
Four-year program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree with an emphasis in wildlife health. See information about admissions and admission requirements to the program at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Post-DVM Wildlife Epidemiology
Two-year program leading to the MPVM (Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine) that emphasizes wildlife health and wildlife epidemiology. This option is only open to graduate veterinarians.

Post-DVM Residencies
UC Davis offers residency programs in several areas pertinent to wildlife health, including zoological medicine and pathology.