Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center


Graduate Student Opportunities

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis uses a unique, multi-disciplinary approach to explore the health of wild and captive land and marine animals.

With faculty expertise across many species, WHC attracts students from around the world who are interested in our one-of-a-kind research and educational programs.

Graduate Degree Programs

While the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center is not a graduate group, graduate students can choose a member of the WHC faculty as their major professor for their masters thesis.

The majority of students enroll in a four-year program leading to the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) that emphasizes wildlife health and advanced research training in an appropriate academic discipline. Past students have received doctorate degrees in comparative pathology, epidemiology, ecology, genetics and pharmacology and toxicology. For a complete list of graduate programs at UC Davis see the Graduate Studies Program Directory. Full information about fees, applying or student support is available at the Graduate Studies site.

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine related to wildlife, either DVM or MPVM, please see Educational Opportunities for Veterinary Students. For funding information, please see research opportunities.