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Course structure




Most undergraduate courses are called ‘Tripos’ here at Cambridge, and when students start the Veterinary Medicine course, they will be undertaking study which forms the Medical and Veterinary Science Tripos (MVST). The MVST is the pre-clinical course for students wishing to become doctors or vets.

I cannot emphasise enough what a wonderful opportunity the supervisions have been.

Renata 2013

In the first two years (Parts IA and IB) some of the constituent courses are taken in common by both sets of students, while some are parallel. In the first two years of the course, the colleges consolidate and amplify student learning by the provision of 'supervisions' - which are a unique feature of the Cambridge course.  These are teaching sessions for small groups of two to four students, highlighting areas of clinical relevance in the veterinary course.

After the first two years, students will progress into their third year (Part II year), which is similar to intercalated courses offered by other universities, during which they pursue a subject of their choice for a whole year.

For more information about the preclinical years of the course (i.e. years 1 to 3), please go to the following link:

Following the third year, graduate students progress into the fourth year of the course, which is the start of the three clinical years of study. During this time, the course gradually transforms from a lecture/practical system to a final year which is entirely taken up by rotations in various clinical fields (e.g. small animal orthopaedics, farm animal medicine, anaesthesia).

The small groups in final year rotations are absolutely fantastic for one-on-one teaching with experts in their field and the best value for tuition fee money I can imagine.

Emily 2015


For a full description of the course structure, please have a look at our undergraduate teaching pages at