Cambridge Veterinary School


The veterinary medicine department of the University of Cambridge has a world renowned reputation of prestige, excellence and world class veterinary research. If you decide to study here you can expect to go into a much higher level of detail of veterinary science and research than other universities making it the ideal choice for those with an interest in research. However if your ambition follows the more clinical route, Cambridge will still prepare you well for your career as practical sessions are common throughout the opening years and you can look forward to a final, lecture free year in which you make the most of the fantastic facilities used for rotations. Upon graduation from Cambridge Veterinary School you can expect a wider, more in-depth knowledge of veterinary science whether you go into research or into clinics.

Key points

  • Veterinary science focus
  • Oxbridge
  • World-renowned teaching

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email [email protected]
Phone number +44 (0)1223 337701
Course Information
Teaching style Traditional
Your course at Cambridge will follow a traditional 3 years pre-clinical with the 2 final years being your clinical years.
During years 1 and 2 you will be mixed in with the medical students in order to learn the necessary core scientific knowledge.
Learning will be enforced by small group teaching.
Practical skills are taught from year 1, this includes 120 hours of dissection across the first 3 years.
Progress is continually reviewed by your supervisors and your Director of Studies allowing the university to determine your progression through the course.
During year 4 you will undertake your Bachelor of Arts.
Years 5 and 6 consist of clinical studies. 5 involve a mixture of clinical practical sessions and lectures/small group teaching.
Your final year will be lecture free and consists entirely of practical, professional and clinical work.
Course length 6 years
Like other Cambridge degrees you undertake a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the third year. This involves spending a year out of your veterinary degree studying a subject of your choosing out a variety of options.
Courses offered 1 course offered
6 year course including BA with undergraduate and graduate entry.
Graduate entry Yes
Foundation or access Yes
The University of Cambridge's Veterinary School is involved in a widening participation scheme which provides contextual offers based on your individual circumstances as well as bursary schemes for those from less privileged backgrounds. Contact the university for more information or to see if you are eligible.
University Life
Local area Cambridge
The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital is only a short bus journey away from Cambridge city centre. Like many of the other veterinary schools, this campus, which consists of the majority of the necessary facilities, will be the centre of the majority of your learning. The actual surrounding area consists of a beautiful, traditional section as well as its modern counterpart.
Social life In the old part of the city you will find a vast array of charismatic coffee shops as well as beautiful sites and architectural marvels. Along with the above, you will be living in one of the best comedic scenes in the country since Cambridge has produced some of the country’s favourite comedians. Be sure to visit the annual Cambridge comedy festival as well as the ‘Corn Exchange’ and ‘The Junction’ for comedy, theatre, dance and/or other artistic performances.
Within the colleges, the social life is brilliant as well and this can be attributed to its fantastic Student Union which consists of full-time employed staff dedicated to the enjoyment and satisfaction of each and every student.
Interview style Panel
Interview dates Early December
Interview topics Two 30-minute interviews designed to test your aptitude in science and maths subjects taken at school.
Academic Requirements
A-level Subjects required: Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics with a third of your choice (preferably science).
Grades required: A*AA with a pass in practical endorsement tests.
Retake policy Yes
Applications are considered from applicants who are retaking their A-Levels.
Scottish highers Subjects required: N/A
Grades required: N/A
Cambridge only accepts 3 advanced highers however in some cases, 2 Advanced Highers and an additional Higher may be acceptable (e.g. when an applicant is prevented from studying more than two Advanced Highers due to reasons outside their control) – such applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis and should seek advice from the College to which they’re considering applying as early as possible.
Scottish advanced Subjects required: Chemistry and one of Physics, Biology and Maths plus a third subject of your choosing.
Grades required: AAA Cambridge also refer to bands: A1 (Chemistry) A2 A2.
IB Subjects required: Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Maths (Higher level subjects).
Grades required:
40 – 42 points with 7,7,6 in HL or science subjects.
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only) Grades required: 2:1 or above, science subjects are desirable.
Irish Leaving Certificate Subjects required: Chemistry and one of Physics, Biology and Maths (Higher level).
Grades required: H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H2
Offers are based on achievement in Higher Level subjects, with H1 in subjects most relevant to the course.
Access to Higher Education Diploma N/A
European Baccalaureate:
Successful applicants are typically asked for 85-90% overall, with scores of 9 or above in subjects most closely related to the course they want to study.
Birkbeck University Certificate of Higher Education in Subjects Allied to Medicine N/A
Kite-marked level 3 Access course N/A
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate For students taking the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, offers are conditional on three A Level subjects studied as options for the Advanced Diploma. The Skills Challenge may be taken into consideration in assessment for admission, but would not normally be included as part of an offer.
Cambridge Pre-U Conditional offers are set on an individual basis but are likely to require the achievement of Distinction level grades (D2 or D3) in Principal Subjects.
Admission Assessment Important information: For 2021 entry, all applicants for Veterinary Medicine (including applicants to mature Colleges) are required to take a pre-interview written assessment on 4 November 2020, at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). You need to be registered by 15 October 2020 to take the assessment, and your assessment centre must do this for you. Please note that open centres may set an earlier deadline for accepting entries, and it is your responsibility to check if this applies at your centre. See admission assessments for full details.
Work Experience Work experience is not a requirement for applicants but they recommend applicants acquire two weeks of work experience if possible.
Number of Places 75
Number of UK/EU applicants per place 5.5
Number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place 9.5

Was this article helpful?

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

Still got a question? Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Post as “Anonymous”