Facts about the School

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Since 1948, the School of Veterinary Medicine has been serving the public through statewide teaching, research and service programs benefiting animal health, public health and environmental health in California and beyond.

Degrees and programs

  • 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 35 specialties, largest in the nation
  • MS and PhD degrees in 19 academic disciplines
  • Master of Public Health jointly offered with UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Continuing professional education for veterinarians and animal health technicians


  • DVM - 524 
  • MPVM - 24
  • Graduate - 170

Faculty - 300

Residents - 108

Annual budget - $200 million

Annual research budget - $74 million 

Annual scholarship/Financial aid support - $2.5 million 

Scholarship endowment - $49 million

Major units

  • Academic departments—Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology; Medicine & Epidemiology; Molecular Biosciences; Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; Population Health & Reproduction; Surgical & Radiological Sciences
  • William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital—faculty and staff treat more than 50,000 patients per year while teaching clinical skills to DVM students and training residents in 33 specialties; volunteer veterinary emergency response team
  • Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, Tulare—veterinary education and specialty training; clinical services to local dairies; research emphasizing dairy medicine and herd health
  • California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System—partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for statewide veterinary diagnosis, disease surveillance relevant to public health, research and diagnostic testing methods
  • Veterinary Medicine Extension—statewide educational outreach and research support to farm producers, veterinarians, agricultural advisors and consumers
  • UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego—specialty veterinary services (nutrition, pharmacy, hemodialysis) and regional partnerships creating specialized veterinary training and collaborative programs benefiting wildlife, zoological and ecosystem health, and comparative medical research
  • Centers of Excellence—fostering research, teaching and service focused on species interests and multidisciplinary themes: food animal medicine, food safety, equine health, companion animal health, wildlife health and rehabilitation, comparative medicine, vectorborne disease, welfare, tropical disease and more