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Cambridge Veterinary School

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Open days / VetCam


A good way to find out more about Cambridge and the veterinary medicine course is to come to and meet us at an Open Day. There are Open Days held every July and the annual two-day VetCam event for year 12 students who are interested in studying veterinary medicine. However, students do not have to attend an open day or residential course at Cambridge or any other vet school to apply to us. Students may find these events informative, helpful and enjoyable, but they will not increase your chances of gaining a place at Cambridge. No one should feel that they must spend large amounts of money on courses to improve their chances of admission to Cambridge, as this is not the case.

With this in mind, we have attempted to give you as much information as you need to apply on this website, the university admissions website [link], or individual college websites []. If you still have any questions, the best thing to do is e-mail the admissions office of the college to which you think you might apply. Remember – we treat you as an individual right from the admissions stage!

Cambridge University Vet School Open Days - Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July 2016

The annual University open days are held every July. We will be running tours of the Veterinary Department at the West Cambridge site on Madingley Road for potential students only at the following times:

                                        9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.


Potential Students: There will be a talk for prospective students at 12:30pm at the Veterinary Department. The talk will include a description of the six years of the course leading to the award of the BA & VetMB degrees. Information about the application process and work experience will be provided and there will be a discussion of student finances and general support.  This session will last around 60 minutes and will include time for questions.

Parents: There will be talks for parents/guardians at 10am and 3pm on the Open Days.  Spaces will be limited to 2 people per family. This talk will provide an overview of the veterinary course at Cambridge, including an introduction to the facilities in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer tours of our hospitals to parents and family members.  We will also cover the basics of the requirements for the course and the application process. There will be a discussion of the financial implications and what financial support is available through the University and colleges. It will also provide an overview of the outstanding pastoral support provided to our students that makes studying Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge a unique and rewarding experience. The session will last around 60 minutes and will include time for questions. 

All of the above is taking place at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Madingely Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES on the University’s West Cambridge site. Please note that you must book in advance to be able to attend these events. 

To book a place on either a department tour, student talk or parent talk, please email giving your name, email address, chosen day, 1st choice of department tour time, 2nd choice of department tour time and whether you would like to attend the student talk or if your parents would like to attend the parent talk.

Check on the University’s main website at for more information on the other events at the University’s Open Days.

We also hold an event each February for those students who have applied the previous October and hold an offer of a place on the course. If students apply and hold an offer, they are invited to attend an afternoon at the Department of Veterinary Medicine to meet the staff, view our facilities and ask any questions.

VetCam: Introduction to Veterinary Science at Cambridge University


Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th April 2016

This is a two and a half day residential course for year 12 students. The details of how to apply for this course are sent to all schools and sixth form colleges in the UK just after Christmas by email. Please contact your careers teacher or Head of Sixth Form for further details in January. This course is intended to provide an insight into both the preclinical and clinical courses and will include a mix of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and tours.

The course costs £230* but covers all costs, including accommodation, meals and transport whilst in Cambridge. 

(* cost correct at the time of writing, but may be subject to change.)


For more information, please call 01223 330811 or

Click here for an example of the timetable for the two days:


Previous participants have said:

“Thank you! It was a very enjoyable experience.”

“I liked being able to live as I would if I came to this University.”

“It was useful to see different colleges – it helped me to decide which college to apply for.”

“It was great to have lots of opportunities to speak to current vet students.”

“It was good to learn more about the different aspects of the course like Pathology and Anatomy.”

“The admissions talk was most helpful as none of my family or friends had applied to university before.”