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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge



A warm welcome from our Head of Department

Cambridge is one of the world's oldest and most renowned universities. What we offer you is an opportunity to spend your university years in the company of the brightest and the best of your own generation.

Our students are passionate about excellence in veterinary medicine but they are also looking for a broader education and the opportunity to learn from inspirational teachers, internationally recognised researchers, and the finest minds of previous generations. Cambridge is awash with talent in every sphere of human endeavour. In this environment you cannot fail to develop to your full potential!

Professor James Wood

Head of Department.

To find out more about the course and what makes Cambridge special, watch this short film - there are short interviews with students and staff members. view video

Six great reasons for applying to Cambridge:

1. It doesn’t cost as much as you think

For UK/EU students, the long established Cambridge Bursary Scheme provides funds annually, in addition to any grants or loans from the UK government, and you don’t need to pay it back.  For more information on finance and fees, please have a look at

2. The Vet School is only a couple of miles from the vibrant and busy city of Cambridge

We are not in the middle of the countryside or away from a large town!  Most students get around on their bicycles, or on foot, and lecture theatres are close together in the centre of town.

3. The College system

There is a huge amount of support available through the colleges, and you will build up friendships and links with a huge variety of other students on different courses within the University.  The College system can be confusing; please have a look at

4. There are animal handling classes right from the first term of first year

It’s not true that there is no practical teaching in the preclinical years of the course.  From the second week of term as 1st years, students are learning and practicing handling skills in a variety of species including dogs, cats, pigs and exotic species.

5. No work experience required at application

Any that you can arrange will be a great introduction to your future career as a vet, but unlike other vet schools, we don’t ask you to have already completed work experience before you apply.

6. There are so many opportunities for you to socialise and play sport here

There is a club or society for every interest and you mix with students from across the University, not just vets – see