For UC Davis Students
Students interested in the practice of veterinary medicine are required to complete certain courses at the undergraduate level and take the Graduate Record Exam. Although there is no specific "formula" or direct path that leads to vet school acceptance, the most competitive applicants are well prepared in several areas.
Although most UC Davis students are interested in first fulfilling the UC Davis prerequisite courses, it may be wise to complete courses that satisfy other vet schools' requirements. View the Pre-Vet Preparation at UC Davis handout for specific UC Davis course prerequisites.
It is essential to have some type of veterinary, animal and health-related experience. Again, schools vary in the amount of experience they expect applicants to have. The Internship and Career Center is an important internship resource for pre-vet students. Clinical internships that are self-initiated are particularly rewarding and are viewed very positively by admissions committees. It is always best to start early in gaining this valued experience.
Health Sciences Advising can assist you in sorting out and developing your own strategy in preparing for veterinary school. For additional information, view the Pre-Vet Preparation at UC Davis handout.