Strategic Planning

1.1. Attract, mentor and support the best and brightest students and trainees

We will strive to attract top candidates, promote demographic diversity, and support our students throughout their educational program. As the knowledge base for veterinary medicine continues to expand and grow, so must our support of our students ,to expose them to unique opportunities without overwhelming them with the vast available knowledge. We will teach them problem-solving skills and life-long learning strategies to promote a professional career full of challenge and new knowledge.


a. Modify the recruitment process to attract the best professional and graduate students from California and beyond.

  • Develop an admissions process that is competitive for the highest quality candidates.
  • Consider changing the proportion of in-state to out-of-state students.
  • Aggressively recruit students to achieve a balanced class including, demographic, specialty and geographic representation. (Strategy 4.2)
  • Develop methods for recruiting and supporting foreign students.
  • Leverage faculty interests and strengths to offer unique opportunities for students that attract the best and brightest (e.g. global experience, STAR program, dual degree programs).
  • Develop graduate training partnerships with government, agriculture and private industry.
  • Identify areas of excellence for post-graduate training.

b. Provide a more supportive environment for students.

  • Query students to assess satisfaction and unmet needs.
  • Benchmark best practices at other institutions.

c. Address the economic impact of rising University of California student fees.

  • Prospectively determine a reasonable financial burden for school of Veterinary Medicine SVM students and develop an approach to support students accordingly.
  • Improve student programming and curriculum to educate students about the cost of debt and future income.
  • Pursue philanthropy specifically to support financial aid.

d. Explore the development of an undergraduate pre-veterinary medicine major at UC Davis.

e. Foster strong relationships with the California State University System as a pipeline for students interested in animal agriculture; consider reinstating masters degrees programs. (Strategy 7.1)


Current Actions

  • Promoting the Professional Advancement of Veterinary Graduates - The VetMedJobs board launched this past January has been successful for students and employers alike. The system currently has 123 employers registered and 82 jobs posted. There are 684 students and alumni who are utilizing VetMedJobs to find externship, internship and full-time employment opportunities. Staff continue to invite employers to participate in the system, and look for ways to further develop and refine the job board to provide the best services possible to students and alumni.
    Visit the VetMedJobs board

  • Evening of Gratitude - The School hosted the "Evening of Gratitude" March 25th, a development focused event which acknowledges scholarship donors and partners them with the students their gifts are supporting. More than 230 donors and students attended the event. The program speakers included faculty member Dr. Matthew Mellema, Mr. Jeffrey Traum, on behalf of his family's endowed scholarship in memory of Dr. Jacob Traum, and 2nd year student Lori Hammond. A video depicting 1-4th year veterinary student scholarship recipients and what that support has meant for them was also featured.
  • Students Take Lead to Learn Veterinary Spanish - Organized by DVM student Michelle Albin and the Center for Continuing Professional Education, more than 100 students have been participating in a Wednesday night 1 ½ hour voluntary "Spanish for Veterinary Professionals" class. This informal course focuses on teaching veterinary students how to converse with Spanish speaking clients and helps teach them how to conduct professional veterinary consultations.
  • Increasing Diversity – To Reflect California’s Population (Download pdf)
  • Diversity Initiatives - January 2015 Update (Download pdf)
  • Center for Career, Leadership and Wellness Update (Download pdf)

Past Actions