Requirements for Admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine

Candidates for admission to the UC Davis veterinary medicine program must have completed the equivalent of at least 72 semester units at an accredited college or university. A baccalaureate degree is advisable. Students are advised to contact the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis at (530) 752-1383 or website at and ASSIST at

Lower-division Preparation: BIO 3A, 3B, 3C; CHEM 1A, 1B, 12A, 12B; PHYS (2A and 2B) or PHYS (4A and 4B and 4C).

Additional Requirements: ENG 1A, 1B, and one other UC-transferable English course (English, rhetoric, speech, or literature); MATH 10; and three UC-transferable courses in humanities and social sciences (history, sociology, languages, music, art, psychology, ethnic studies, anthropology).

Veterinary and Animal Experience: A minimum of 180 hours of relevant veterinary and animal experiences with types of activities that give an understanding and appreciation of veterinary medicine must be met in order to have an application evaluated.

Veterinary Medicine Program (DVM)

Lower-division Preparation: BIO 3A, 3C, 15, 41; CHEM 1A, 1B, 12A, 12B; ENG (1A and 1B);; MATH (3A or 10); PHYS 2A, 2B; SP 1; (PSYC 1 OR SOC 1); and 9 semester units in Humanities and Social Sciences..

Per Western University of Health Sciences, applicants are not required to have obtained an undergraduate degree (BA/BS), however earning a degree will likely strengthen your application. All applicants must take either the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Animal Experience Requirements: Animal-related experience must total at least 500 hours of hands-on experience that goes beyond observation. Appropriate venues include but are not limited to: veterinary practices; animal medical environments; commercial animal production operations; regulatory animal control and humane shelters, animal entertainment (zoos, etc.), or animal research institutions.

Students are advised to contact the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine for additional information regarding other admissions requirements. Phone: (909) 469-5628, and website