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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. Contact with animals is a central component throughout the course.

From the second week of their first year, students learn and practise handling skills in all the major domestic mammalian species. Throughout the first two years, this is supplemented by integrated ‘live anatomy’ sessions, practical experience in thoracic auscultation, abdominal palpation, canine echocardiography and neurological examination, as well as hands-on classes with reptiles, birds, ferrets and rodents – all augmented by seminars and practical sessions organised by the student-run University Veterinary Society and Zoological Veterinary Society. As the years progress these skills become central to learning the invaluable skill of confident clinical examination in preparation for the entirely clinics-based final year.

5. We do not demand large amounts of work experience at application.

We suggest that applicants should seek to obtain perhaps two weeks of experience shadowing veterinary surgeons in any aspect of their work. We do not specify particular types of practice which must be seen, nor extended periods of work experience, because we believe this would disadvantage applicants who lack the resources to travel to and participate in such work experience.
Instead, our aim is to determine your commitment and interest in veterinary medicine as evidenced by how observant, interactive and questioning you were when watching veterinary surgeons at work.

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