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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

On Saturday 29 June, the University of Cambridge’s School of Veterinary Medicine celebrated the graduation of its 2024 cohort, who were formally admitted into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). The ceremony saw 59 graduates gather under a stunning marquee set against the picturesque backdrop of the Cambridge Vet School, supported by their families and friends.

The event commenced with a procession led by Professor Mark Holmes, Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, who delivered an address to the graduates, staff, and guests. The ceremony featured guest speaker Mr. Julian Norton, a distinguished Cambridge Veterinary Medicine alumnus and star of the hit TV show The Yorkshire Vet. Also present was Dr Susan Paterson, President of the RCVS and Cambridge Vet School alumna, who had the honour of officially admitting the graduates into the RCVS, supported by Lizzie Lockett, CEO of the RCVS, reading out the names of all the graduates.

The graduates recited the RCVS declaration, a mandatory procedure that confirms their membership in the RCVS and grants them the right to practice veterinary surgery in the UK.

In addition to the admissions ceremony, the school held its annual prize-giving event, recognizing outstanding achievements with 17 awards presented to graduates, staff, and researchers. Following the formalities, over 300 guests enjoyed a delightful drinks reception on the lawn outside the Vet School.

The Cambridge Vet School is renowned for its excellence in teaching and research. The Department hosts undergraduate and postgraduate students and operates a small animal hospital along with equine and farm animal clinical services. With over 200 dedicated professionals, the school not only sets standards in veterinary excellence and animal welfare but also educates the next generation of veterinary leaders.