Veterinary students use their laptops to access information in Floyd Commons in Gladys Valley Hall at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis California.
Applicants are evaluated based on their academic performance, their understanding of the veterinary medical profession, their achievements, and their professional potential. While admission to UC Davis is competitive, our admission committee’s vigorously support equality of opportunity and seeks to enroll a diverse class of highly motivated students. What they're looking for beyond the numbers is intellectual potential, strength of character, and demonstrated knowledge of the veterinary profession. There are many more qualified applicants than spaces so we hope this information prepares you for applying to our DVM program.
Criteria for Admission
Admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine requires completion of specific prerequisite courses taken at a college or university accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Students may apply to veterinary school after 75 percent of required courses have been completed. Remaining prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation.
Potential applicants should enroll at undergraduate institutions offering the prerequisite courses as part of an accredited baccalaureate program. Students may select majors and schools on the basis of interest and aptitude as long as prerequisites are fulfilled.
1. Required Grade Point Averages
A minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4-point scale, A=4) is required for both required science and cumulative college coursework at time of application. Computation of minimum grade point averages is based on all coursework completed at the time of application.
Applicants not meeting the required minimum GPA of 2.50 can qualify for consideration by having a combined score in the upper 30th percentile on all sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
2. Graduate Record Examination
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 September 30 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, (Sept 30, 2007 - Sept 30, 2011) prior to applying for veterinary school. When the GRE has been taken more than once, the highest score in every section will be used.
Academic Factors (50 to 60 percent)
A. College course work grade point averages (GPAs)
- Cumulative GPA in undergraduate/graduate course work
- GPA of required preveterinary medical science courses
- GPA of last two years of undergraduate/graduate work - (minimum of 68 quarter units or 45 semester units)
B. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- General Test (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing) - (See Application Statistics for average admitted scores)
In addition to academic achievement, 40 to 50 percent of the selection process is based on your veterinary experience, understanding of the veterinary profession, motivation and dedication to a career in veterinary medicine, maturity, potential to be an outstanding veterinary professional, extracurricular activities, career diversity and educational quality. The Admissions Committee evaluates these attributes by carefully considering the following:
Veterinary and Animal Experience
Substantial experience with animals is required, and applicants must demonstrate knowledge of animal health care needs. Experience should be broad and deep, and should entail more than having provided routine rearing and feeding of companion animals or family pets. Applicants should engage in an array of activities that show an appreciation for and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a veterinarian and the scope of the veterinary medical profession. The requirement for animal, veterinary and biomedical science experience is a minimum of 180 hours (4.5 weeks) at the time of application. Admitted students have an average of 2,500 to 3,000 hours of veterinary-related experience, which includes working with veterinarians. The school does not offer a program for veterinary assistants or animal health technicians.
Letters of Evaluation
One to two evaluations should be from veterinarians with whom you have worked and who can evaluate your potential as a veterinary professional. Of these letters, one should be from a veterinarian in your area of veterinary interest (small animal, large animal, equine, etc.). Other letters may be written by veterinarians, professors, college instructors, research supervisors, or your academic adviser.
Your personal statement should help the admission committee(s) learn something about you as a person, about the development of your interest in veterinary medicine, and about your career goals. Your personal statement indicates your motivation, understanding of the veterinary profession and the responsibilities of being a veterinarian, demonstrated interest in serving the public through the profession of veterinary medicine, and other qualities needed for successful academic and professional work.
Three letters of evaluation are required. Letters should be requested from individuals who understand academic and professional demands, know the applicant well (have observed the applicant in a clinical or academic setting), and can evaluate the applicant's personal qualities and potential as a veterinary professional.
The Admission Committee decides to interview or not on an annual basis. Interviewees are selected based on academic achievement and subjective information provided in their application. Interviews are 20 percent of the application evaluation.
All applicants for entering Fall 2012 must apply through the on-line Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS) at www.aavmc.org. The deadline for submission of the application is Monday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. PST. Paper applications are not available. Transcripts and Graduate Record Examination scores must be sent directly to our School and postmarked by October 3, 2011.
We Do Not require a supplemental Application, however, if you wish to submit optional forms for specific programs (VMOP, VSTP, FASTVet and Career Diversity), applications must be submitted by October 3, 2011.
Portable Computer Requirement
Incoming veterinary students are required to purchase one of two SPECIFIC portable computers. Information regarding the computing options is made available once students are admitted to the school. Students should not purchase a computer prior to receiving this information.