Residency Application & General Information

The Veterinary Medical Centers (VMCs) within the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, offer more than 30 house officer training positions each year. In general, minimum qualifications for a residency training program include graduation from an approved School of Veterinary Medicine and a one-year internship or equivalent practice experience. Qualifications for internships and fellowships vary depending on the specific service involved. The selection process will consider academic achievement, career objectives, letters of recommendation, interpersonal skills, clinical skills, interest in teaching, and relevant experience. Applications from graduates of foreign veterinary schools are also considered, provided that they meet the minimum requirements specified above and have command of the English language as well as being eligible for a J1 or TN visa.

House officers are usually not permitted to work toward an advanced degree during their training program. However, Dairy Production and Food Animal Reproduction/Herd Health residency programs provide an opportunity for the resident to obtain a Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree. Following successful completion of the house officer training program, a certificate is awarded. It is anticipated that residency training programs will fulfill, in part, the eligibility requirements for specialty board certification in most disciplines. The majority of the house officer's time is spent in their specialty at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital* where they will participate in patient care or clinical diagnostics and teach veterinary students under the direct supervision of a faculty member in that specialty. Depending on specialty Board requirements, remaining time may be used for seminars, rounds, research, elective rotations in other specialties to provide broader personal advancement, and for vacations. As in most advanced training programs, much of the benefit derived from our training programs is directly related to the effort the candidate expends. It is anticipated that each house officer will present in rounds discussions and seminars each year, and author at least one manuscript for publication. House officers are required to present the findings of their research at our annual Veterinary Internship and Resident Research Symposium.

The VMCs are committed to building strong relationships with their constituents. A major part of the house officer's duties, therefore, include timely communications with referring veterinarians and clients. All house officers in receiving services are required to hold a valid California license (full California license or University veterinary license) in order to be employed as a veterinarians in the VMCs.

House officers must be able to arrive at the VMCs within 15 minutes of an emergency call, therefore, house officers should plan to live within 15 miles of the VMTH.

Resident training programs are for two to four years, and internships or fellowship programs are for one to two years. The initial appointment to multi-year programs is for one year, with continuation in the program for successive years contingent upon satisfactory performance. The current salary for the first year resident is $42,216. Benefits include 24 days of vacation each year, and health, dental and vision insurance.

*Residents in Laboratory Animal/Primate Medicine are assigned to the Center for Laboratory Animal Science, the California National Primate Research Center, the Comparative Pathology Laboratory, and the Animal Care and Use Committee. Residents in Dairy Production Medicine are based at the Veterinary Medical Teaching and Research Center in Tulare.

SPECIAL NOTE: The California Veterinary Medical Board requires all veterinarians working at the University of California, Davis with primary patient care duties to hold a full California license or a University veterinary license. To obtain a University veterinary license, veterinarians who are not licensed in the state of California will be required to take a 3-day course on regionally-important diseases and a short open-book jurisprudence test, in addition to being background checked. The course will be provided by live webinar at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, usually in early July. The cost of obtaining the University veterinary license will be the responsibility of the trainee (currently $600). The limited license only permits individuals to work in California as veterinarians for University-related practice. Although veterinarians that do not have hands-on patient care duty (e.g., anatomic pathologists, clinical pathologists) are not required to hold this license, obtaining the license is encouraged whenever your activities may have an impact on animal-owning members of the public. If in doubt, please contact the Office of the CVMO for clarification.

House Officer positions are critical positions and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

  • Foreign nationals must be eligible for a J1 visa with no bars or home country requirements and must provide proof of English proficiency.
  • While the hospital will initially pay the cost of the VISA application fee, you will be expected to reimburse the hospital upon your acceptance and arrival in your new house officer position.
  • Information for Foreign Applicants

Applicants to house officer programs not utilizing the match must provide:

1. a completed UCD-VMTH application form that includes a letter of intent
2. transcripts from veterinary school(s) (an official English translation must be included )
3. three letters of recommendation
4. a curriculum vitae
5. letter of intent

Send materials electronically to Corey Vermilion House Officer Affairs Coordinator, with the program you are applying to and your name in the subject line. (

The application deadline for Radiology is October 25, 2019, Equine Integrative Sports Medicine is TBD, and Ophthalmology is TBD. 

All other application deadlines will be December 9, 2019.

Applicants for programs that utilize the match should follow the instructions on the website.

Programs utilizing the match will not require the separate institution application for UC Davis. All materials should be sent directly to the VIRMP website.

Recruitment for the house officer programs usually begins in September and ends in December of each year, for positions with a start date of August 1 of the following year.

A detailed description of each residency program is available on this web site.

For application questions please contact:

House Officer Program Coordinator
University of California
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
One Garrod Drive
Davis, California 95616-8747

The VMCs do not offer programs which qualify individuals to meet California State or National Board exams, nor does the residency program meet the requirements for Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).


The University of California, Davis VMCs are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

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