skip to primary navigationskip to content

Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge




During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will deliver our course to fulfil the RCVS Day 1 competences required for graduating vets. To enable safety to be maintained, there may be timetabling and slight changes to methods of delivery, but all necessary learning outcomes will be met.


NEW: Reassurance for those hoping to apply in 2020 for 2021 entry

We realise there may be some concern that there could be fewer veterinary places available at Cambridge in 2021 due to students being deferred from the 2019-20 admissions process, which was affected by changes to changes to public exam grading systems.

However, we have not deferred to 2021 any veterinary students whose preferred start date was 2020. Also, we do not expect a large number of students to come to us following autumn 2020 exam sittings.

Thus, Cambridge plans to offer its usual number of 2021 undergraduate veterinary places to candidates who apply by 15 October 2020.


NEW: Reassurance for potential applicants who cannot gain work experience due to the coronavirus pandemic 

We at Cambridge realise that some of you may be having trouble gaining work experience prior to your application for Veterinary Medicine, but our message to you is do not worry.

If you read these webpages you will find that we usually recommend applicants gain a total of ten working days' experience shadowing a vet or vets conducting any sort of veterinary work. This is (1) to allow you to confirm that you do wish to work in a veterinary environment, and (2) it also allows us to ask at interview what you've seen during your work experience and what you learnt from it.

However, we do not require you to gain work experience, and every year we receive applications from candidates who could not secure work experience for logistical or insurance reasons, or who decided to apply for Veterinary Medicine quite late, such that they could not gain experience before the UCAS application deadline or their interview.

Clearly, we would view the current pandemic as a valid reason not to have gained work experience. Lack of work experience for this reason will not affect your chances of being called for interview or made an offer to study Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge.

So try to get work experience if possible, but please do not worry if you cannot. Certainly, do not put yourself or anyone else at risk to gain work experience.

One alternative is to carry out the Virtual Work Experience MOOC in place of in-person work experience. All UK vet schools have collaborated on this MOOC and all agree it is valuable preparation for entry into the world of veterinary medicine. The MOOC is free, and you do not need to pay to receive the certificate at the end, although you can screenshot the completion page if you wish. 


A warm welcome from our Head of Department


is one of the world's oldest and most renowned universities. What we offer you is an opportunity to spend your university years in the company of the brightest and the best of your own generation.

Our students are passionate about excellence in veterinary medicine but they are also looking for a broader education and the opportunity to learn from inspirational teachers, internationally recognised researchers, and the finest minds of previous generations. Cambridge is awash with talent in every sphere of human endeavour. In this environment you cannot fail to develop to your full potential!

Professor James Wood

Head of Department.