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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. 




10-2a-sign.jpgSummer: Vet School / University Open Days - Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July 2018 - Bookings open in spring 2018

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.  Bookings will open in spring 2018.

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 - date to be confirmed

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 lectures delivered by leading academic staff from the University - previous topics have included canine neurology 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 intend to run a Subject Masterclass again this year and details will appear here when they are available. Further information can be found at this link.



Autumn: Vet School / Fitzwilliam College Open Day - Friday 14th September 2018 - Bookings open in summer 2018

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.




Spring: 'VetCam' Residential: Introduction to Veterinary Science at Cambridge University - Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th April 2018 - Now fully booked for 2018, but will run again in 2019

This is a two-and-a-half-day 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. The course costs £240, which covers all costs, including accommodation, meals and transport whilst in Cambridge.  

Each year we offer a number of college-funded bursaries which will cover the course fee and reasonable travel costs for students with a household income less than £42,620 and who meet certain academic-related criteria. If you feel that you might benefit from a bursary, please contact Rachel Worsley at  for more information. Bear in mind that your school/college will need to supply information, so it may be best to ask them to contact Rachel on your behalf.

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 the programme for the 2017 event - the 2018 event will be very similar.  

  "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