Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center

photo: Alicia Bruce
STAR student Alicia Bruce samples ducks at the UC Davis Arboretum

Educational Opportunities for Veterinary Students

Wildlife veterinarians play key roles in endangered species recovery teams, in zoos and aquaria, in resource management agencies and in public health. The School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, thanks to the pioneering work of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, offers in-depth training for working at the individual wild animal or the ecosystem scale.

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center’s innovative training is now available to senior veterinary students across the country through an Externship program which is offered in coordination with California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

If you are interested in becoming a wildlife veterinarian, consider the following options:

Veterinarian
Four-year program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree with an emphasis in wildlife health. See information about admissions and admission requirements to the program at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Post-DVM Wildlife Epidemiology
Two-year program leading to the MPVM (Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine) that emphasizes wildlife health and wildlife epidemiology. This option is only open to graduate veterinarians.

Post-DVM Residencies
UC Davis offers residency programs in several areas pertinent to wildlife health, including zoological medicine and pathology.