Criteria for Admission

Grade Point Averages:

  • Overall science GPA
  • GPA of the most recent two years of graded undergraduate/graduate work - (minimum of 68 quarter units or 45 semester units)
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4-point scale, A=4) is required for all completed science courses and cumulative college coursework at time of application.

GRE Quantitative Scores

All applicants are required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which includes the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections.  The GRE must be taken no later than August 31 of the year the application is submitted.  Examinations taken after this deadline will not be accepted for consideration in the year the application is filed.  The GRE must be taken within a five-year period, (Aug. 31, 2011 - Aug. 31, 2016) prior to applying to veterinary school.  When the GRE has been taken more than once, the highest quantitative score will be used. Verbal and Analytical Writing scores may be used in the process. If so, the highest scores will be used. All GRE score reports must be delivered to VMCAS electronically from ETS and received by September 15. 

It takes time for ETS to process requests to send GRE reports.  GRE score reports must be delivered to VMCAS electronically by September 15. Send to VMCAS 4804 (UCD SVM)

Veterinary Experience

A minimum of 180 hours of veterinary experience are required to have your application considered for admission; however, admitted applicants have an average of 2,000 hours of quality “hands-on” experience in the veterinary field. You are expected to have a realistic and appropriate perspective of the responsibilities of the veterinary profession. Your experience may come from a job or volunteer service. You may acquire experience by working with veterinarians in private practice, farms, ranches, animal shelters, zoos, aquaria, etc.
The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) explains the difference between veterinary experience and animal experience on their VMCAS Helpdesk page in the Experiences Section. 

Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)

Applicants must submit at least three eLORs as part of their VMCAS application (refer to VMCAS instructions for more information).  VMCAS will accept more than 3 evaluations; however, we will consider only 3 letters.  Once your application has been verified by VMCAS, we will email you instructions to set-up your applicant portal.  You will need to indicate the 3 letters you wish us to consider when you complete your applicant portal.  We will calculate a composite score of your 3 eLORS by using the ratings your evaluators provide on the eLOR evaluation.  The composite score will be factored with GPA’s and GRE scores to rank the applicant pool for invitations to interview (MMI process). 

NOTE:  At least one eLOR must be from a veterinarian.  The remaining eLORS may be written by veterinarians, professors, researchers or others that can attest to your knowledge of veterinary medicine and/or academic abilities.

MMI Interview

Interviews will be conducted using the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) technique.  The MMI is a series of short, structured interviews used to assess personal traits/qualities.  Each mini interview provides a candidate with a few minutes to read a question/scenario and mentally prepare before entering the interview room.  Upon entering, the candidate has several minutes of dialogue with one interviewer/assessor/rater (or, in some cases, a third party as the interviewer/assessor observes).  At the conclusion of the interview, the interviewer/assessor has a few minutes to evaluate while the candidate moves to the next scenario.  This pattern is repeated through a circuit of 10 stations.  The MMI was derived from the well-known OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) used by many medical programs to assess a student's application of clinical skills and knowledge.  However, the MMI does not test knowledge of veterinary medicine but rather personal attributes such as communication skills and ability to work as part of a team, ethical and critical decision-making abilities, and behaviors important to being a veterinarian such as empathy, honesty and reliability.

Approximately 240 applicants will be invited to interview.  MMI’s are conducted in-person on the UC Davis campus in mid-December.   Interviews are mandatory for consideration of admission and cannot be conducted remotely by phone or video conferencing. 

International Applicants:

Submit all transcripts from international institutions through a translation service such as WES ( or Josef Silney and Associates (  Canadian institutions are considered international.  All transcripts and translation(s) must be mailed directly to VMCAS.  Take the ib-TOEFL test if English is not your native language or you do not have a degree from a U.S. institution.  Visit for information about the test.  Our TOEFL code is 4834.  If admitted, international students must provide evidence of verification of the first year of living and tuition expenses before an I-20 is granted.  International students can expect to pay approximately $47,000 to $51,000 per year (subject to change) in tuition and registration fees for the duration of the program (4 years).  This amount does not include housing and living expenses.  Please visit our financial aid information for financing your education,