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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School


10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday 16 March

Department of Veterinary Medicine, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES


Once again, we are opening the doors of the Department of Veterinary Medicine to the public for a day as part of the 2024 Cambridge Festival

On Saturday 16 March, from 10:00 to 16:00, we invite anyone interested to come along and find out more about the Department and vet school!

All activities and both talks are aimed at a family audience and are designed to promote science in a fun and interesting way!


Find out more about the day’s activities here:

• Bat viruses adventure – Find our hidden bats, ‘unlock’ their hidden virus and match it up with the virus codes.  What virus is your bat carrying?

Tasmanian Devils Field Adventure - A mysterious disease is spreading among the Tasmanian Devils, and we need your help to crack the case! Become part of our team of Tasmanian Devil experts at the vet school, and learn how to trap the Tasmanian Devils, diagnose the sick animals, and find out what the disease is to help us save them!

• DNA Extraction Workshop  - This is a practical science session using household materials to extract DNA from fruit.

Antibodies and Antigens Papercrafts and Colouring - Come explore how shapes are important in fighting viruses by matching the antibodies to their antigens.


Two great fun science talks in our lecture theatre:

  • 2pm : 'Not a dry eye in the house!' – This talk will be given by our renowned Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Dr David Williams who will talk about dry eye in dogs and people.

  • 3pm: ‘Superheroes of your immune system’  - This talk will be given by one of our fabulous Postdoctoral Research Associates Dr Andrew Chan, who will compare how a virus attacks our immune system with the analogy of the superhero! – It has to be heard to be believed!

Lots more activities going on at the West Hub site - more information here 

No booking needed.  However, if we are busy, entry will be on a first come first served basis and only our maximin number of visitors will be able to enter.