Prospective Students

Applications for the 2020 Cohort are open until June 1

Prospective Students

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Why get your Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) Degree?

  • Prospective StudentsUS News and World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Vet Med first in the US four years in a row
  • Complete this master's degree, which can lead to ACVPM board eligibility, in 1 to 3 years. The program is open to veterinarians and other professionals in One Health. Many students take this introduction to research on to earn a Ph.D.
  • Our curriculum includes comprehensive training in epidemiology and statistics to empower you to design your own research and interventions in the real world.
  • Core courses and electives include Leadership, Information Management, Infectious Disease, Modeling, Spatial Epidemiology, and more.
  • ACVPM-board eligible students receive training to support certification in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
  • For 50 years, our graduates have found work in academia, government, non-profits, agencies, and more.

If you are or will be enrolled in a DVM course of study, you are eligible for the DVM/MPVM Dual Degree. We offer financial aid and one-on-one advising to prospective students, including international students. Study in beautiful Davis, California located mid-way between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. For more information, contact MPVM Chair Dr. Janet Foley,

Animal research - Cattle and range management - Community development - Discovery - Economics and management - Ecosystem health- Emergency preparedness and response - Epidemiology - Food safety- Global health- Government agencies- Herd health- International agriculture and development - Laboratory animal medicine and management - Leadership - Livestock and production- One health- Planetary health- Health policy- Public health- Regulatory medicine- Research - Shelter medicine - Small ruminant management - Teaching - Vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology - Wildlife health and management - Zoonotic and vector-borne disease

Who is eligible? 

We encourage you to apply if you hold a DVM or equivalent degree allowing you to practice veterinary medicine in your country, hold an MD or equivalent, or have considerable professional experience in an allied field with at least a bachelor’s degree. You need a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and must either be a native English speaker or pass a standardized English test. See “How to apply” for details.

How to apply

Start your application here at the Grad Studies application portal ( Visit "How to Apply" for information on Financial Aid, transcripts, English requirements, and other details to support your application.

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People say that Davis is an hour from everything- Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada, and the San Francisco Bay area. We are a small city, extremely bicycle friendly, with a thriving organic and local foods scene, restaurants offering dozens of different cuisines, and arts. Visit links below to learn about our multi-cultural and academically diverse campus, our community, and some hints for making the move.

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