"Introduction from the Dean"
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Veterinary School on the West
Cambridge Site and to congratulate you on getting here after successfully completing the Tripos.
This is the part of the course that you came to Cambridge for and I hope it will
live up to your expectations. The next three years are going to be very busy ones. All the staff of the School, both academic and assistant, are here to help
you to take advantage of all the facilities we have for clinical work, teaching
and research. We continually strive to improve and upgrade every part of the
School so that you will have available the best facilities for both the didactic and practical teaching. The Teaching Strategy Board is mindful of the needs of students and has tried to develop a workable timetable that provides sufficient time for self-learning and the final year electives. We are also conscious of the future directions of veterinary education that are currently
being considered by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Lastly there is a requirement to fulfill the European Directive on veterinary education
particularly as it relates to Veterinary Public Health teaching.
Cambridge is the smallest of the seven UK Veterinary Schools, but has a
reputation for friendliness and for its excellent small group teaching. Please get to know all the staff and the Associate Lecturers, it will be to your advantage. As you will see from the Curriculum Document (available online at http://www.vet.cam.ac.uk/inform/curr ), there are a number of important
course objectives that have been set to prepare you for the veterinary profession. In addition to the basic knowledge required (i.e. core curriculum) there are some important transferable and professional skills to learn. The veterinary profession is extremely broad and the course will hopefully prepare you for a diversity of opportunities for your future career; whether it be in practice, research, teaching, industry or a host of other specialities.
You will find the three-year clinical course onerous and demanding of your
time. You will be spending much of your life at the Veterinary School and I urge you to make full use of the opportunities available - the student societies, the library, Tea Clubs, graduate seminars, external lecturers, etc. My advice is work hard, but be sure to enjoy yourself while you are with us.
With very best wishes for a most successful time at the Cambridge Veterinary
"Professor Mike Herrtage, August 2013"