We run a series of events across the year specifically aimed at helping potential applicants make the best decision about their choice of vet school. Why not book a place and come and see us?
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 or residential event. While we hope you find these events enjoyable, informative and helpful in making your decisions about vet school, do be aware that attending these events confers no advantage in the admissions process.
Winter: Offer holders' day - Thursday 9th February 2017
On 9th February, we are holding our annual event for students who have been offered a place on the course. Offer holders have been sent an invitation letter by the college by which they have been made an offer.
The visit will include short talks by members of staff and representatives from the current fifth year. A sandwich lunch will be provided and, during this, you will be able to meet other offer-holders and talk with veterinary students already on the course. This will be followed by a detailed tour of the Veterinary School guided by senior veterinary students, and there will also be an information talk for parents/supporters, followed by a short tour and the chance to ask questions. To see a programme for a previous running of this event, click here.
If you wish to come to the event on the 9th of February, please book your place here:
You will receive an email to confirm your place and giving you further information about the event. We would be grateful if you could book your place by Friday 20th January 2017. We look forward to meeting you!
Spring: 'VetCam Residential: Introduction to Veterinary Science at Cambridge University' - Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th April 2017
This is a two-and-a-half-day residential course for year 11 and 12 students. VetCam is intended to provide a detailed insight into both the ‘preclinical’ and ‘clinical’ parts of the Cambridge veterinary course and will include a mix of talks, discussions, practical demonstrations and tours with lots of contact and discussion time with current students and staff. There will also be advice sessions about the application process. The course costs £230, which covers all costs, including accommodation, meals and transport whilst in Cambridge.
Many of our current students have told us how useful they found VetCam in making their university choices.
Booking is now open. The details of how to apply for this course were e-mailed to all UK schools and sixth form colleges just after Christmas, so you can apply via your school. Alternatively, you can book direct. To book your place at this year's VetCam event, please go to the University’s e-sales website here
We are pleased to be able to offer a number of bursary-funded places, which will cover the course cost. These bursaries are available to students who come from households with an income below £42,620. We will also consider past academic performance and future potential, as well as any educational disadvantages that potential attendees may face. The student’s school will need to complete an application form – please ask your Careers Adviser, Head of Sixth Form, or other member of staff to contact Katheryn Ayres at email@example.com to request an application form. The potential awardee will also be asked to submit a short personal statement. In addition to covering course costs, we may also be able to contribute to successful awardees’ travel costs to and from Cambridge. (If you are applying for a bursary, you do not need to go through the booking process at the above web link.)
to view the programme for the 2016 event - the event this year will be very similar.
"Taking part in VetCam was such an integral part of my application, as it not only confirmed that Veterinary Medicine was what I wanted to pursue, but also that Cambridge was the place for me to be. The lectures, lecturers and town just fitted me so well; we had lectures all over the vet departments on subjects ranging from the Galapagos islands to the basics of parasitology to a physiology practical. Staying in college was a really lovely way to get a feel for life there, and having a 'formal' dinner was a fantastic taste of the fun unique aspects of Cambridge life. The other students I met on VetCam had similar aspirations to me so I knew I would fit in here for the next six years – one of the friends I made is, in fact, now a vet at my college, so it could not have worked out more perfectly! Whether or not you decide the course and Cambridge are right for you, VetCam will certainly help you figure that out and I highly recommend the experience." - Madeleine
Summer: Vet School / University Open Days - Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July 2017
On these two days, the University runs its main open days, during which attendees can visit university departments as well as colleges, and also attend talks giving advice about student life, finance, and how to apply. There are also sessions targeted at parents and supporters.
Information about the University Open Days and information about how to book a (free) place will appear on this page in the spring.
As part of these open days the Vet School will be open for (free) tours of our facilities, talks about the course and admissions, and the chance to meet current students and staff. Many potential vet applicants attend these tours and find them extremely informative, so we ask that you book a Vet School tour place in advance, in addition to booking a place on the main University open day.
Details about how to book these Vet School tours will be available on this page in the spring.
Alternatively, if you come to one of the University Open Days and have not booked a Vet School tour – maybe because you want to spend your time in the city centre – there will be a complete series of presentations about the veterinary course in the centre of town, too. Unlike the tours of the Vet School, you do not need to book a place to come to these central talks. Details of times and locations will appear in the University Open Day guide.
Autumn: Vet School / Fitzwilliam College Open Day - Friday 15th September 2017
This day is especially useful for potential applicants who have not yet finalised their choice of vet school, or who simply want to know more about both Veterinary Medicine and college life at Cambridge before submitting their UCAS application in October.
In order to give an insight into Cambridge college life, this open day is run in conjunction with Fitzwilliam College, conveniently located within walking distance of the Vet School. In the morning there will be talks at the College about undergraduate life and the early parts of the course, as well as lunch in the College Hall. In the afternoon there will be tours of the Vet School, a chance to meet current students, and information about the later parts of the course and the application process.
You should book in advance for this event, but it is our intention that no one will be turned away, even if they book the day before the event. Information about how to book will appear on this page in the summer. It may also be possible for attendees to be accommodated at Fitzwilliam College for one night.