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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.



September: Vet School / Fitzwilliam College Virtual Open Day -  Saturday 12th September 2020 - BOOKING NOW OPEN  

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. There will be webinars from the College and the Vet School about student life throughout the course, as well as a sample teaching session, and a chance to interact with with current students. There will also be guidance about the application process.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Vet School and Fitzwilliam will run this day online in an attempt to deliver some of the elements of our usual in-person open days.

Most of the recorded material will be available here in advance. Booking will only be required for the Q&A webinar session, which will give you a chance to ask questions of college and vet school staff involved in teaching and admissions, as well as current veterinary students.


1. Online live Q&A webinar - booking required

This will be at noon on Saturday 12th September 2020 - you can book for this session here. Numbers are limited, to 100 but If these sessions fill up with attendees, we will simply add more.


2. Please watch the following video resources before attending the Q&A webinar:

- Life at a Cambridge college and how colleges deal with veterinary applications - link will follow

- Presentation by the admissions subject convenor (sorry about the sound quality - recorded on my phone in lockdown, sometimes with jostling animals!)

1. why study at Cambridge? - click here

2. what's in our course? - click here

3. how do I apply? - click here

- Sample lecture - on body cavity effusions - click here


3. You may also be interested in the following links, too:

- Guidance for parents and supporters of prospective applicants - click here

- Being a Cambridge vet, in sixty seconds - click here

- Other links you may like, created independently by Cambridge colleges or students (in no particular order):

1. vet med as a mature student - click here

2. the first week, and a day in the life of a Cambridge vet med student - click here and here

3. first year med and vet med at Cambridge - click here

4. mainly snorty pugs - click here

- Not a video, but an interview with a current mature (i.e. over-21) vet student - click here


We are committed to ensuring that all prospective applicants receive the support they need to apply to study Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge, and this also includes those who had hoped to attend an Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference, a Cambridge college open day, one of our Veterinary Medicine Subject Masterclasses, or our Sutton Trust access summer school. 


Please note: Because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the University and the Department of Veterinary Medicine have cancelled all 'in-person' open days and widening-participation events until December 2020. We apologise for this, and hope to re-start our activities after that date, but until then we hope that this website will provide useful information. If, having read it, you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us on:



April: 'VetCam' Residential: Introduction to Veterinary Science at Cambridge University - Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th April 2020 - cancelled in 2020 - a similar event will run in 2021

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.

10-1c-ox.jpgPlease click here to view a typical programme for the event. Many of our current students have told us how useful they found VetCam in making their university choices. Do bear in mind when applying that our typical conditional offer for a place on the veterinary course at Cambridge is A*AA, including Chemistry and at least one, but preferably two, other science/maths subjects.

The course cost for this year is £240, which covers all costs, including accommodation, meals and transport while in Cambridge.

In addition, we will offer up to ten BURSARIES, which will cover the course fee and reasonable travel costs to and from Cambridge. If you need to discuss eligibility further, please contact Rachel Worsley at for more information. Bursary applicants should apply via a form they will be sent by Rachel, rather than using the online booking system. In 2019, bursary awards were based on the following criteria, which will be reviewed for the 2020 event:

  • strong performance in GCSE (or equivalent), especially science and maths subjects,
  • taking two, and preferably three, science/maths subjects at A-level (or equivalent)
  • attendance at a UK state school,
  • completion of a brief 'personal statement',
  • countersignature of the application by a teacher at your school,
  • and meeting at least one of the following criteria

1. Eligibility for Free School Meals in the last 6 years.

2. Those currently or previously in local authority care.

3. Minority ethnicities, specifically black (Caribbean, African or other), Pakistani or Bangladeshi.

4. Home postcode within quintiles 1 or 2 of the Participation of Local Areas (POLAR4) database – you can check your home postcode (with no spaces in!) at this link.

5. Home postcode within quintiles 1 or 2 of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) database – you can check your home postcode at this link

"Taking part in VetCam was 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."


March: Oxford And Cambridge Student Conferences - cancelled in 2020 - a similar event will run in 2021

In March we usually send vet representatives to the Oxford And Cambridge Student Conferences in Birmingham, Epsom, Liverpool, Newcastle and Swansea - see this link.



July: Vet School / University Open Days - Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020 - in-person event cancelled in 2020 - a similar event will run in 2021

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.

10-2b-pembroke.jpgAs part of these open days the Vet School will be open for 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. 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, there will also be a presentation on the vet course and admissions in the centre of town, in the early afternoon. You do not need to book a place to come to this central talk - just turn up. This presentation will be extremely similar to those delivered at the vet school, so don't feel you have to go to both! Details of times and locations will appear in the University Open Day guide. 



July: Annual Subject Masterclass in Veterinary Medicine - Thursday 11th July 2019 - cancelled in 2020 - a similar event will run in 2021

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 2019 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. 

See this link for more details.



August: Sutton Trust Summer School - booking now closed for virtual event in 2020 - an in-person event will hopefully run in 2021

We run a week-long veterinary Sutton Trust Summer School to encourage widening participation in our veterinary course - see this link. Also see this video about the Cambridge Summer Schools - the vet bit starts at 1:50!



September: Vet School / Fitzwilliam College Open Day - September 2021  

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.