Foreign Applicants

We are happy to accept applications from foreign veterinarians. Applicants should follow the instructions for all candidates. In addition, they need to consider the following. English Language Requirement Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the A) TOEFL, B) IELTS or C) provide a letter of reference stating evidence of excellence in spoken and written English.

A) TOEFL Scores: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is given by Educational Testing Service (ETS). To register for the TOEFL, consult the TOEFL website
or contact ETS via mail at:
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ
08541-6151 USA

You may contact ETS via phone: (877) 863-3546 (from the U.S. and Canada) or 1-609-771-7100 (outside the U.S. and Canada). Official score reports must be sent from ETS electronically to UC Davis. Use code #4677 for VMTH Anatomic Pathology Residency positions at UC Davis.

VMTH Anatomic Pathology requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English or your instruction has not been in English. The minimum score required for admission to the residency program at UC Davis is 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based test, and 68 for the Internet-based test. Information and an application for the TOEFL can be obtained at most US Consulates or at the ETS address listed above. TOEFL scores expire after two years. Scores that are two years old or more will not be accepted by VMTH Anatomic Pathology.

B) IELTS Scores: As an alternative, you may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) designed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and administered by the British Council worldwide. You are responsible for providing us with an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF when you register to take the test. IELTS scores expire after two years. Scores that are two years old or more will not be accepted by VMTH Anatomic Pathology. Your most recent overall BAND score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale. To register for the IELTS, consult the IELTS Web site or contact them via mail at: IELTS Subject Officer, University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EU, United Kingdom

C) Letter of Documentation of Proficiency in English: A letter of reference stating evidence of excellence in spoken and written English can be submitted in place of a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Interpretation of Grading System Required
An interpretation of your University’s grading system must be provided with your application. We cannot evaluate your application packet, if we have no way of interpreting your grades.

Class Rank Requirement
We understand that official class ranks may not be available from foreign veterinary schools. If so, please indicate this in your application.

One-day Interviews
Although we welcome potential residency candidates to come to our facility for a one-day interview, we unfortunately cannot extend a letter of invitation to foreign applicants in support of a visitor’s visa (pdf).

Minimum Qualifications

Graduated from a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA (preferred); or possess a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); or are legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory, or possession of the United States, Canada, or other country.

International Student Services
The office of Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) assists international students in their pre-arrival preparation and provides immigration advice, financial information, general advising and counseling, and a variety of cross-cultural activities. If admitted to graduate studies at UC Davis, you will receive a registration packet from SISS.

For more information useful for our international students, consult the Internship and Career Center's International Resources.

More information for International applicants can be found at:

September 9, 2015