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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!

July Open Days - Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2015

Bookings for the July Open Days can be taken from 5th May 2015

In addition to the annual VetCam course, we also take part in the annual University open days which are held every July. Check on the University’s website at for more information. There are many different events which take place during these July Open Days  including talks on veterinary medicine which are held in the centre of Cambridge and tours of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Madingley Road, around 2 miles from the centre of the city.  If you would like to have a tour of the Department, you will need to book that in addition to the booking for the open days. To book a tour, please see below.

We will be running tours of the Department for potential students only.  These will be at the following times:

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

They will last for approximately an hour (due to numbers we are unable to accommodate family members on these tours). 

There will be a talk for students at 12.30pm, places are limited.  The talk will include a description of the of the six years of the course leading to the award of the VetMB degree, including the third year Part II leading to the BA degree.  There will be a description of how the extra mural studies component required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons works.  Information about the application process and work experience will be provided and there will be a discussion of student finances and general support.  The session will last around 60 minutes and will include time for questions.

There will be talks for parents/guardians at 10am and 3pm.  Spaces will be limited to 2 people per family.  This talk will provide an overview of the veterinary course at Cambridge including a slide show of the facilities in the Department of Veterinary Medicine.  (We regret that it is not logistically possible to provide an actual tour for parents but tours are available to prospective students.)  The talk will also cover the basics of the application process and the requirements for the course.  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 pastoral support provided to veterinary students at Cambridge.  The session will last around 60 minutes and will include time for questions. 

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. (We are unable to accommodate family members on the tours.)

Please let us have the names of parents/guardians who wish to attend the parents talk (only two family members can attend), giving the 1st and 2nd choice of talk times.

All of the above is taking place at the Department of Veterinary medicine, Madingely Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES.

You must book in advance to be able to attend these events.  Unfortunately we are unable to offer tours outside the scheduled open days.

Bookings for the July Open Days can be taken from 5th May 2015.

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

Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March 2015

This is a two-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 £160* but covers all costs, including accommodation, meals and transport whilst in Cambridge.  We are pleased to be able to offer a number of funded bursary places. The bursaries will cover the course cost plus reasonable travel expenses to and from Cambridge.   Further information will be circulated in January.

(* 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.”