UC Davis Veterinary School

UC Davis Veterinary School is ranked second among the best vet schools in the US according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 report.

 

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty have educated over 5,382 DVM degree graduates and more than 1,300 veterinary residents. Davis Vet School’s William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, treats more than 30,000 patients per year. This hospital is part of the nation’s largest veterinary residency program. UC Davis DVM curriculum is student-centered and inquiry-based with material “blocks”. In the first and second year, the core concepts are learned, which consist of body systems integrating anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, clinical pathology, and imaging.This provides an opportunity to learn both normal and abnormal at the same time.

In the third year, all students take a comparative stream of classes and then choose between small or large animal streams. Students will then move into the clinical portion of training either at UC Davis Teaching Hospital or externally.

 

Facilities

The UC Davis Veterinary School is located on the University of California’s Davis campus in Davis, California.

Davis Vet School is housed in 8 main buildings including areas for educational facilities, a facility for all live animal teaching, kennel area, laboratory classrooms, offices, animal holding facilities, research laboratories, and the teaching hospital.

Itis home to the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, UC Veterinary Medical Center – San Diego, Center for Companion Animal Health and Center for Equine Health.

UC Davis Veterinary School

Contact
Phone: (530) 752-1383
Phone2: (530) 752-1360
Fax: (530)-752-2801
Email: admissions@vmdean.ucdavis.edu
Website: www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu
UC Davis Veterinary School
Davis Vet School
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
The VMCAS application is due on Thursday, October 2, 10:00 am, PST.The supplementary application will be available on October 15 and due on November 1 at 5:00 pm PST.

2. GRE or MCAT
GRE is the only test accepted. VCAT or MCAT are not accepted.The GRE must be taken by September 30. GRE test scores up to five years old are accepted.Scores must be received directly by October 15.For multiple tests, the highest score from each section will be utilized.

3. Students

524 students are currently enrolled in the four year DVM program.

4. Acceptance Rate

15.6% (163 accepted out of 1,043 applicants – Class of 2015)

Out of the 163 of the accepted incoming students:

• 142 were California residents
• 7 were WICHE residents
• 14 were non-residents

5. Four-year Total Tuition Cost

based on 2012-2013 tuition rates:

• In State Tuition: $135,988 ($33,997 / year)

• Out of State Tuition: $185,968 ($46,492 / year)

• Total for Books, Supplies and Instruments: $7,917 ($1,979/year)

• Total for Room & Board: $56,524 ($14,131/year)

• Total for Personal Expenses: $10,376 ($2,594/year)

• Total for Transportation: $7,849 ($1,962/year)

6. Accreditation

UC Davis Veterinary School was given full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2011.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%

NAVLE pass rate for UC Davis Veterinary School (2011-2012): 98%

NAVLE - North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

7. School Rank

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine was ranked #2 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

8. School History

UC Davis Veterinary School opened at UC Davis in 1948.

9. Transfer Students

Not Accepted.

 

Admissions Information

Evaluation Criteria

• Grades – Overall science GPA and last 45 units (approximately 2 years) – minimum of 2.50
• GRE Quantitative scores
• Personal interview using the Multiple Mini Interview technique (short, structured interviews used to assess personal traits)
• Letters of recommendation - one to two from veterinarians and the remaining from professors, research supervisors or advisors.

Criteria Weights

• Academic – 50 to 60%
• Non-Academic (subjective review of personal attributes, vet experience, understanding and dedication to veterinary profession, extracurricular activities, and educational quality) – approximately 25%
• Interview – 0 to 20%

Timetable

• VMCAS application Deadline – Oct 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST
• Transcripts – postmarked by Oct 2, 2012
• Supplemental application available – by Oct 15, 2012
• Supplemental application – Nov 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM PST
• Interviews – Late Nov through Early Dec
• Acceptances mailed – early January

 

Before you Apply

You may apply to UC Davis Veterinary School when you have completed 75 percent of the required science courses. A Bachelor’s degree is not required, however, more than 95% of the admitted students do have a Bachelor’s by matriculation.

There is no required major when applying to UC Davis Vet School. The only requirement is that you complete the science courses listed below.

There is no time limit on acceptance of required courses.However, the overall GPA and Science GPA must be 2.50 or above.

Required science courses may only be repeated when the original grade was below a C-.The repeated grade will replace original for up to 8 quarter units. Repeated courses may beretaken

 

Pre-requisite Course Requirements

All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the sprint term prior to matriculation. Applicants must have completed 108 quarters or 72 semesters at time of matriculation.

Please note that required courses do not have the same unit values at every college – refer to the ASSIST Website to review articulation information for courses.

Science Prerequisite Courses

• Elementary Statistics
• General Chemistry I, II, and III with labs
• Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
• Introduction to Biology I
• Introduction to Biology II and III with labs
• Principals of Physics I and II
• Biochemistry* (bioenergetics and metabolism)
• Genetics*
• Systemic Physiology*

* Upper-division courses equivalent to one semester or one quarter – labs are not required.These courses must be completed at a four-year college (a community college is not acceptable)

General Education Requirements

• Humanities and Social Science – a total of 12 quarter units or 8 semester units.
• English - a total of 12 quarter units (or 8 semester); one of which is composition. Composition may bemet by English AP exam with a score of 3 or above.

 

Required Experience

A minimum of 180 hours of veterinary medical experience required. Non-veterinary animal experience is also valued.Please note that admitted applicants have an average of over 3,000 hours of hands-on experience in the field.

 

After Graduation

63% of UC Davis Veterinary Medicine graduates are successfully employed at the time of graduation.

Most students enter clinical practice as soon as they graduate, whether that be through residency (academic or private), private practice or an internship.

 

Degrees Offered

Graduate

• Genetics
• Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
• Epidemiology
• Pharmacology and Toxicology
• Immunology
• Forensic Science
• Comparative Pathology

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Masters of Preventative Veterinary Medicine

Dual Degree Programs

DVM-PhD for veterinarian-scientists (VSTP)

 

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2015

Total Applications……………………………………… 1,043

Number of California Residents………………..….. 523

Number of WICHE Residents…………………… 83

Number of Non-Residents……………………………. 437

Mean cumulative GPA……………………………..…. 3.54

Mean science GPA……………………………………… 3.42

Mean last 45 semester units GPA……………… 3.64

Mean GRE Verbal………………………………………… 578

Mean GRE Quantitative……………………………… 725

Mean GRE Analytical……………………………….. 4.58

Mean Age…………………………………………………….. 24

Age Range……………………………………………….. 20-43

Number with advanced degree……………………. 12

Number with Bachelor’s degree…………………. 131

Number with no degree………………………….…….. 2

Mean amount of vet-related experience……3,025 hours

 

Areas of Veterinary Interest for the Admitted Class

Small Animal, Equine, Mixed, Wildlife, Large, Laboratory, Research, Avian/Exotics, Food, Zoo, Academics, Poultry