Criteria for Admission

Criteria for Admission

Grade Point Averages

  • Overall science GPA
  • GPA of the most recent two years of graded undergraduate/graduate work - (minimum of 68 quarter units or 45 semester units)
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4-point scale, A=4) is required for all completed science courses and cumulative college coursework at time of application.

GRE Quantitative Scores

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 August 31 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, (Aug. 31, 2014 - Aug. 31, 2019) prior to applying to veterinary school. Applicants shouldn’t wait until the last-minute to take the exam. Extensions to the test deadline are not granted so applicants should take the test early to avoid last-minute complications and mishaps.

When the GRE has been taken more than once, the highest quantitative score will be used. Verbal and Analytical Writing scores may be used in the process. If so, the highest scores will be used. All GRE score reports must be delivered to VMCAS electronically from ETS and received by September 17. VMCAS will accept scores May-September 17.

It takes time for ETS to process requests to send GRE reports. GRE score reports must be delivered electronically to VMCAS school code 4804. Score reports sent to the general UC Davis school code 4834 will not be delivered to VMCAS. Your application will be incomplete if VMCAS does not receive your scores by the September 17 deadline.

Veterinary Experience

A minimum of 180 hours of veterinary experience are required by the application deadline (September 17 of current application year) to have your application considered for admission; however, admitted applicants have an average of 1,475 hours of 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 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. 

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 3 evaluations; however, we will consider only 3 letters. Once your application has been verified by VMCAS, we will email you instructions to set-up your applicant portal. You will need to indicate the 3 letters you wish us to consider when you complete your applicant portal. We will calculate a composite score of your 3 eLORS by using the ratings your evaluators provide on the eLOR evaluation. The composite score will be factored with GPA’s and GRE scores to rank the applicant pool for invitations to interview (MMI process). 

NOTE: At least one eLOR must be from a veterinarian. The remaining eLORS may be written by veterinarians, professors, researchers or others that can attest to your knowledge of veterinary medicine and/or academic abilities.

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 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 240-300 applicants will be invited to interview. MMI’s are conducted in-person on the UC Davis campus in early December. Interviews are mandatory for consideration of admission and cannot be conducted remotely by phone or video conferencing. 

International Applicants:

Read and follow the directions provided in the VMCAS application instructions. International Applicants must have their foreign transcripts evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) and the report must be submitted to VMCAS no later than September 17th.   

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 TOEFL test must be taken by August 31st and scores must be sent to school code 4834 by September 17th. The minimum acceptable score is 105.

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 at