UC Davis tops world rankings in agriculture, veterinary sciences

UC Davis is ranked No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry, as well as veterinary sciences, according to data released Tuesday by QS World University Rankings.

This is the third consecutive year that UC Davis has been ranked first in agriculture and forestry by QS, according to a UCD news release.

The rankings were prepared by Quacquarelli Symonds, a British firm that previously was the data provider for the annual Times Higher Education Rankings. The QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated 3,467 universities and ranked 971 institutions. QS rankings are based on reputational surveys and research citations.

The organization ranked UC Davis in 27 of 36 subjects covered. This was the first time the subject area of veterinary sciences was included in the QS rankings.

“These rankings confirm that our faculty and researchers are respected the world over and that their work is making an impact throughout the globe,” UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in a written statement.

The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was founded in 1905 as the University of California’s University Farm. Currently, it has more than 6.200 undergraduate students in 27 majors and more than 1,000 graduate students in 45 graduate groups and programs, campus officials said.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine annually cares for more than 48,000 animal patients and is educating more than 500 veterinary students, plus residents and graduate students, university officials reported. The school also runs a veterinary medical teaching hospital at UC Davis, and satellite clinics in San Diego and Tulare.

The full report regarding the QS World University Rankings are available on the QS website.

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