University of California Davis

Davis, CA 95616-8734
(530) 752-1360
Status: Full Accreditation

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine first opened its door in 1948. The first class consisted of 42 male students, mostly WWII veterans. Currently, the school admits 131 students a year, and last year the graduating class consisted of 80% female students. The research and service programs provide statewide teaching and benefit animal health, public health and environmental health. Ranked among the top veterinary schools in the United States, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is the only vet school in the University of California system.


All applicants must meet the admission deadline by applying through the online Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS) at In addition to the computerized application, hopeful students must also mail in transcripts, GRE scores and any additional forms or information the student would like to provide. Checking on the application instructions from the website above, hopeful students must learn what the mailing deadline is too.

Degrees and Programs

The degrees and programs offered at UC Davis are some of the top programs in the country. UC Davis has a reputation of delivering more than top of the line veterinarians each year. The degrees a student can earn are:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)- 4 year program
  • Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM)
  • DVM/PhD dual degree for veterinarian scientists (VSTP)
  • Hospital residency program for veterinarian in 32 specialties (largest in nation)
  • MS and PhD degrees in 17 academic disciplines
  • Master of Public Health jointly offered with UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Continuing professional education for veterinarians and animal health techniques

Academic Departments and Major Units

There are six different academic departments that make up the veterinary program in UC Davis. Faculty members in each department conduct basic and/or applied studies to learn about the art and science of the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Plus, they integrate those studies and findings into teaching programs as they perform research in animal health, public health and environmental health. The six academic departments are:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Population Health and Reproduction
  • Surgical and Radiological Sciences

Besides the academic departments, UC Davis is known for their extraordinary teaching and research facilities. These major units include:

  • William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
  • Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center
  • California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System
  • Veterinary Medicine Extension
  • UC Veterinary Medical Center – San Diego
  • Centers of Excellence

Tuition and Fees

In the chart below you’ll see the different tuition prices for all students attending UC Davis. The numbers are only an average, as budgets are adjusted on an annual basis. Fees also include the mandatory health insurance fee, which can be waived if a student can prove off-campus insurance. The health insurance is said to cost just under $2,000, but includes the basics plus clothing, toiletries, recreation and incidentals.

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

# Total Applicants: 1135

# Total Students Enrolled: 133

# of Male Students Enrolled: 23

# of Female Students Enrolled: 110

Overall GPA: 3.53

Average GRE Score: Verbal-575, Quantitative-712, Analytical Writing-4.72

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $47,921

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $191,684

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $60,166

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $240,664

* Note: These prices include all fees (registration, insurance, etc.), books, housing, food, personal, and transportation costs for the average student participating in the 4 year program.