Application Process & Timeline
Before You Apply
Review the minimum admissions requirements to ensure you’re eligible to apply. We also encourage you to review the comprehensive application checklist and instructions provided here before beginning the application process.
- Review Prerequisite Requirements
- Students may apply once they have completed 75% of the required prerequisites. Approximately three can be outstanding at the time of application and all must be completed in the spring semester/quarter prior to matriculation. Specific course requirements are outlined in Academic Preparation & Prerequisites Courses.
- Take the GRE
- The General GRE is required, which includes verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections. Only the quantitative score is used in the initial application evaluation, though the verbal and writing sections may be used if your application is evaluated holistically.
Note: Due to public health concerns, ETS is now temporarily offering a Test at Home option.
The GRE can be taken as many times as you wish within a five year period, and we will use your highest quantitative score for purposes of evaluating your application. Take or re-take the GRE before the final GRE deadline, August 31, 2022. No scores before August 31, 2017 will be accepted for the 2022-2023 application cycle.
- Determine How Competitive Your Application May Be
- All applications are initially evaluated in three areas:
1. Two GPAs: 1) the most recent 45 semester/68 quarter hours and 2) all science courses (see what counts as a science course here on the VMCAS website)
2. Quantitative GRE score
3. Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLors)
By reviewing the most recent Admissions Statistics, specifically in the GPAs and GRE scores, you can determine how competitive your application may be. Note: The average scores are higher for non-CA resident applicants as there are fewer spots available to non-CA residents. Non-CA resident applications are evaluated by the three criteria listed above and are not included in the holistic review process.
How to Apply
The Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS) is the centralized application service for Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. Through VMCAS you can complete one application and send all your required materials through this service. Your application is then processed, verified for accuracy, and sent to the veterinary medical schools you designate.
- Step 1: VMCAS Application
Applicants must apply through the central application system VMCAS. Paper applications are not available. All application materials, including GRE scores, academic transcripts, and letters of recommendation, MUST be submitted through the VMCAS system. Any of the above application materials sent directly to UC Davis cannot be attached to applications or returned to applicants.
January 21 May 12 September 15 VMCAS application opens Veterinary programs will become available for students to select Application must be submitted by 8:59 pm (PST) VMCAS can accept transcripts and score reports Applications can be submitted All other application materials (eLors, transcripts, etc.) must be submitted to VMCAS. No late documents are accepted.
- Step 2: Transcripts and Score Reports to VMCAS
Order official transcripts from all institutions you have attended and have them sent directly to VMCAS. Review sending official transcripts to VMCAS for detailed instructions on all US, international, and study abroad transcripts.
VMCAS must receive all transcripts by the September 15 deadline. Late transcripts will not be received. Any transcripts accidentally sent to UC Davis CANNOT be added or attached to applications. Applications missing transcripts by the deadline will not be considered for admission. No exceptions will be made, so please plan accordingly.
August 31, 2022 is the last date to take the GRE for the current application cycle. Use the VMCAS school code 4804 to have your scores delivered to VMCAS. Do not use the general UC Davis school code. Do not wait until the last minute to take the GRE as deadline extensions are not granted. Check your VMCAS portal to make sure that your GRE scores have been received before the deadline. If the deadline is near and you don’t see your scores posted, contact VMCAS and ETS directly.
International students should review the international student requirements for additional VMCAS requirements.
- Step 3: Submit & Monitor VMCAS
All submitted applications need to be verified by VMCAS, which can take up to four weeks. By submitting all of your transcripts BEFORE the deadline (September 15, 2022), you will greatly improve your chance of having your application verified early with time to make corrections if needed. Review Submitting and Monitoring Your VMCAS Application for more details.
Note: Applications that reach the “verified” status may still be incomplete if other materials such as eLors or test scores are missing. If your verified application is missing any application materials after the September 15 deadline, it will not be considered for admission, even if you have submitted a supplemental application.
- Step 4: UC Davis Supplemental Application
Around mid-August, we begin to import verified applications from VMCAS to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Applicant Portal. Applicants are notified via email when their VMCAS application has been added.
Once imported, applicants will be sent an email with instructions to set up their Applicant Portal, complete the secondary application, and pay the $60 processing fee. The secondary application includes a personal statement (2,000 character limit) and the selection of which three eLors you want us to consider for your application. The UCD supplemental application is due October 15.
Note: We do not begin to upload verified applications until mid-June, even if your application has been verified before this time. We will continue to import verified applications one to two times a week until the September 15 deadline. It can be up to a week to be emailed the supplemental application instructions.
How Applications Are Evaluated
Once supplemental applications are submitted, they are reviewed to ensure they are a) complete and b) eligible. Any applications missing application materials or not meeting eligibility criteria (i.e. GPA minimum, veterinary experience hours, one eLor from a vet) will not be considered for admission.
- Step 1: Initial Ranking
All complete and eligible applications are ranked based on two GPAs (the most recent 45 semester/68 quarter hours and all science courses) the quantitative GRE score, and the combined composite scores from the three eLors.
- Step 2: Top 180 Applicants
The top 180 applicants (approximately top 25% of CA applicants and 10% of non-resident applicants) are invited to interview.
- Step 3: Holistic Review
The next 180 applicants (CA residents only) in rank order (based on the above factors) will be holistically reviewed by the School’s Admissions Committee. The application review will include: Veterinary and other animal experiences, research opportunities, VMCAS essay questions & UCD SVM personal statement, letters of recommendation, leadership and community service, education, life experiences, and motivation for a veterinary career.
Of these 180 applicants, 60 are invited to interview.
- Step 4: Interviews
240 applicants are invited to interview virtually in early December through Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). MMIs are short, structured interviews used to assess personal traits/qualities. More details on the process can be found in our FAQs.
The 2022 MMI dates are December 1, 2, 5, & 6*. Candidates select one of the four interview days lasting approximately 100 minutes. Admitted student days will be held in early spring for students to network, tour the facilities, meet staff and faculty, and learn more about financial aid, curriculum, and other resources.
Step 5: Admissions Decisions
At the conclusion of the MMI interview process, all applicants will be ranked based on their MMI scores. The Admissions Committee meets to discuss MMI results. An initial ranked list of the top candidates based on anticipated class size (offer admission) and then next candidates (waitlisted) will be discussed with the Dean. Approximately 150 students are offered admission and an additional 40-45 are offered a spot on the waitlist. Admission will be offered to applicants based solely on their MMI rank.
Accept, deny, and waitlist notices will be posted to Applicant Portals by the end of January.
Virtual Info Session - Admissions Process
Watch the recording of our virtual info session to see an in-depth overview of the entire admissions process, including how applications are evaluated and selected for interviews.
Application Improvement Workshop
Held on January 24, 2022 this workshop was held for students who are interested in reapplying to the program. The 90-minute workshop can be viewed here.