UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine removes GRE requirement

The California veterinary school joins the growing number of schools to drop this requirement for admission

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine announced1 it removed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement for admission into the school. The GRE requirement was dropped following a Senate Faculty vote last month and will apply to the coming admission cycles that open next month for the Class of 2028.

“We were one of the few remaining veterinary schools to require the GRE,” said Brandon McCall, director of Outreach and Admissions at UC Davis.1 “The decision reflects our commitment to increasing diversity and decreasing inequities among applicants to our DVM program.”

UC Davis joins the majority of accredited veterinary schools in the United States after studies demonstrated systemic bias associated with the GRE.2 McCall also argued that the GRE creates a financial barrier because of how much money is spent on the test and prep courses, causing inequity amongst applicants.

“By dropping the GRE requirement, the application process is no less rigorous. But we do expect that it will increase and diversify our applicant pool and contribute to a more holistic approach to look at potential students to our program,” concluded McCall.1


  1. Wood T. UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine removes GRE requirement. School of Veterinary Medicine. Published December 1, 2022. Accessed December 16, 2022. https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-school-veterinary-medicine-removes-gre-requirement
  2. Miller C, Stassun K. A test that fails. Nature. 2014;510(7504):303-304. doi:10.1038/nj7504-303a