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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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.


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 May 2021. 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:



July: Vet School / University Open Days - Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th July 2021 - online this year

On these two days, the University usually 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.

In 2021 the event will be run entirely online, with many resources available from 5th-18th July, and 'live' events from 8th-10th July including sessions focusing on Cambridge applications in general, life in a Cambridge college, and Veterinary Medicine in particular. To access these live events, you need to register for the Cambridge University Open Days via this link.


        Veterinary Medicine-specific Events

Thursday 8th July, 12 noon-1 pm - Online 'Slido' Chat. Once you've watcded the course presentaton videos, feel free to ask questions (to a current student, and a current member of teaching staff who also oversees vet admissions). This requires pre-registation at the general Cambridge Open Days site (above).

Friday 9th July, 3-3.40 pm - Online Question and Answer Session (with a current student, and a current member of teaching staff who also oversees vet admissions). Again, this requires pre-registation at the same Cambridge Open Days site (above).

Saturday 10th July, 10-11.30 am - Online Webinar with short presentations on vet student life at Cambridge from current students, as well as the applications process. Register for this Zoom webinar via this link. This session's listed end time is 11.30, but it will continue until all questions have been answered.


        Online Resources

You have a choice of two course presentations - one with slides (click here) and ones with jostling/distracting animals (recorded on a phone!):

  1. why study at Cambridge? - click here
  2. what's in our course? - click here
  3. how do I apply? - click here

Also, you may find the following videos useful:

  • a general introduction to the Cambridge Vet Course - click here, and here
  • a sample lecture - click here
  • guidance for parents and supporters of prospective applicants - click here
  • being a Cambridge vet, in sixty seconds - click here

Other links you may find useful, created by Cambridge colleges or students (in no particular order):

  • vet med as a mature student - click here
  • the first week, and a day in the life of a Cambridge vet med student - click here and here
  • first year med and vet med at Cambridge - click here
  • mainly snorty pugs - click here



20th July 2021: Annual Subject Masterclass in Veterinary Medicine

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 - format to be decided for 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 - format to be decided

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.


March/April: 'VetCam' Residential: Introduction to Veterinary Science at Cambridge University - A similar event will run in 2022

Each year we run our annual 'VetCam' 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 mixture of sessions with a chance to meet current students and staff. There will also be advice sessions about the application process. Much of the event will be run via Zoom webinars:


  • Welcome to the world of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge.
  • What are the first two years like?
  • What special opportunities are there in the third year?
  • In-depth sessions with experts from the preclinical science departments.
  • Science into practice in years 4-6 - introducing the hospital.
  • An introduction to professional practice.
  • Cambridge myths and opportunities - session run by current students.
  • The admissions process - from an admissions tutor.
  • The admissions process and the Cambridge colleges - from current students.
  • Question and answer session, with current staff, an admissions tutor, and students.

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

A *provisional* timetable for the event is available here as a Word file.

"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 - format of 2022 event to be decided

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