Criteria for Admission

*The GRE is no longer a requirement as of November 2022, following a senate faculty vote. For additional details on our selection process, see the Application Process & Timeline section. Pass/Fail courses will be accepted for spring 2020 term only.

Minimum Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the School of Veterinary Medicine, all submitted applications must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • 180 veterinary experience hours
  • Three professional recommendations with at least one from a veterinarian
  • Successful completion of the required prerequisites (courses must have a grade of C and higher; a C- will not be accepted)
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Completion of Multiple Mini Interview

Please note that these are the minimum requirements and competitive applications have substantially higher GPA's. International applicants have additional requirements.

Grade Point Averages (GPA)

A minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4-point scale, A=4) is required for admission. Two GPAs are used to calculate an application's initial ranking:

  1. Overall science GPA (includes all science courses as deemed by VMCAS)
  2. Most recent 45 semester/68 quarter units GPA (includes any graded courses taken within these parameters including but not limited to undergraduate, graduate, or prerequisite courses)

Though the cumulative (all courses taken) GPA is not factored into an application's initial ranking, it may be considered as part of the holistic review process. Please review our Application Process & Timeline for more details on the application evaluation process.

Veterinary Experience

A minimum of 180 hours of veterinary experience are required by the application deadline of the current application year (mid-September) to have your application considered for admission. The committee will be looking for 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/shadowing 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. 

Please note that online "experience" will not count toward veterinary or animal experience hours.

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 three evaluations; however, we will only consider three. At least one eLOR must be from a veterinarian. The remaining eLORS may be written by veterinarians, professors, researchers, or others who can attest to the applicant's knowledge of veterinary medicine and/or academic abilities.

Once the application has been verified by VMCAS, we will email instructions to set up the applicant portal for the UC Davis Supplemental Application by mid-August. There, the three recommendations wished to be considered will be indicated. We will calculate a composite score of the three eLORS by using the ratings the evaluators provided on the eLOR evaluation. The composite score will be factored with GPAs and distance traveled scores to rank the applicant pool for invitations to interview (MMI process). 

NOTE: Applications without at least one eLOR from a veterinarian do not meet the minimum application requirements and will not be considered for admission.

Bachelors Degree

An applicants degree may be in any subject they choose. While many applicants opt for a science based degree (animal science, biology, etc.), there is no disadvantage to pursuing a degree in social science or humanities. An applicants degree can be in progress during the application cycle, but must be conferred by the end of spring prior to their fall start in the program.  

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

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 virtual 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 the virtual MMI's conducted using Kira Talent, a video technology platform that provides the structure for a seamless interview experience.  Interviews take place in early December. MMI's are mandatory for consideration of admission and cannot be conducted remotely. 

Since the 2021 application cycle, the School of Veterinary Medicine has conducted virtual interviews using Kira Talent, and will continue to conduct virtual interviews for the foreseeable future. We currently do not use Casper assessments as part of our admissions process.

International Applicants

International applicants must submit their applications through VMCAS, meet the above criteria for admission, and meet the additional requirements as stated below: 


All international applicants must have a four year bachelor's degree and are not eligible to begin the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program directly out of high school. A bachelor's degree must be completed prior to matriculation.

Foreign Veterinary Graduate?

Graduates of foreign, non-AVMA accredited veterinary programs wishing to practice veterinary medicine in the U.S. may complete an educational equivalency assessment certification program through the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG). UC Davis does not participate in the ECFVG program.

Language Proficiency

Non-native English speaking applicants must take the ib-TOEFL test unless they received a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking university in the U.S. The minimum acceptable score is 105. The TOEFL test must be taken by August 31 and scores must be sent to school code 4834 by the September deadline of the application cycle.


All international transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) and the report must be received by VMCAS no later than the September deadline of the application cycle.  


While we offer a variety of funding for students, there is no specific funding for international students. If offered admission, international students must provide evidence of the first year of living and tuition expenses before an I-20 is granted. International students can expect to pay approximately $51,000-57,000 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 more information about expected costs.