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Open days and residentials

10-1a-vetschool.jpgWe 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. 


Spring: 'VetCam' Residential: Introduction to Veterinary Science at Cambridge University - Monday 8th (or Sunday 7th, optional) to Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Bookings open in early January 2019

This is a 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. In 2018 the course cost £240, which covers all costs, including accommodation, meals and transport whilst in Cambridge.  

Each year we offer ten bursaries which cover the course fee and reasonable travel costs for students who have good grades in GCSE (or equivalent) science and maths subjects, and who meet some of the following criteria.

  • are or have been eligible for Free School Meals
  • are or have been in care
  • attend a school or college with a below-average A Level (or equivalent) score and/or low rate of progression to higher education
  • would be the first generation of their family to attend university
  • live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education and/or a high level of social deprivation
  • would be likely to qualify for the University's Extenuating Circumstances Scheme, were they to apply

Many of our current students have told us how useful they found VetCam in making their university choices.

VetCam 17 lab picPlease click here to view a typical  programme for the event.  

  "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


10-2a-sign.jpgSummer: Vet School / University Open Days - a Thursday and Friday in early July 2019 - booking not yet open

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.


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.

1. Booking a Vet School tour. There will be tours of the Vet School running from 9.30am to 2.30pm on both days, as well as talks for prospective students and a separate talk for parents/families.

2. Booking onto the University Open Day. Information and booking forms for the main University events may be found at this link.  

Please note: if you come to one of the University Open Days and have not booked a Vet School tour, or you simply want to spend more time in the city centre when not on your tour, there will also be presentations in the centre of town about the veterinary course and the application process, in the early afternoon. You do not need to separately book a place to come to these central talks. Details of times and locations will appear in the University Open Day guide.



Summer: Annual Subject Masterclass in Veterinary Medicine - July 2019 - booking not yet open

10-4-ruini2.jpgSubject Masterclasses are subject-specific events that offer students a flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge. Our Masterclasses are aimed at academically able students in Year 12 (or equivalent). The Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what's covered within the school curriculum and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge.

Each Masterclass includes:

  • two taster sessions delivered by leading veterinary staff from the University - topics for 2018 were canine neurological examination and equine echocardiography
  • the opportunity to discuss and ask questions
  • an introduction to the Cambridge admissions process
  • the opportunity to hear about life as a Cambridge student from current undergraduates

We can usually accommodate 40 attendees at these sessions.


Autumn: Vet School / Fitzwilliam College Open Day - September 2019 (date and arrangements to be confirmed)

10-3-fitz-2.jpgThis 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 a sample teaching session with current pre-clinical students, and lunch in the College Hall. In the afternoon there will be tours of the Vet School, a chance to meet current clinical students, and information about the later parts of the course and the application process.

Due to limited space in lecture theatres, we must unfortunately restrict parts of this event to potential applicants, rather than parents and supporters.