Veterinary Medicine

Director of Studies:

Pre Clinical: Dr Lesley MacVinish

Clinical: Prof Alun Williams

Faculty Website:

http://www.vet.cam.ac.uk/application/

Course Information:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/vetmed/

Due to the competitive nature of the course, it is important that you make sure you meet/will meet the below pre medical requirements and that you have appropriate animal care experience before you apply for the course.

Pre medical Requirements:

Applicants must obtain the following examination passes (or their equivalents) from an approved examination board:

GCSE requirement

Passes at grades C or above in Double Award Science and Mathematics. Please note that single awards in GCSE Biology and Physics may be substituted for Double Award Science.

AS and A level requirement

A Level Chemistry plus AS or A level passes in two of the following: Physics, Biology, Mathematics.

Other examination systems

If you are taking/have taken a different examination system (such as overseas qualifications), you should discuss your position with the Admissions Secretary as early as possible.
If you are not taking A and AS Levels you will need to provide evidence that you have reached the equivalent standard in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. Please send an email detailing your past and future educational qualifications and grades to the Admissions Secretary at ugadministrator @wolfson.cam.ac.uk and she will get back to you. It would speed the process of assessment if, where relevant, you attach the syllabus for any courses you would like us to check as meeting the above PMR.

Competitive applications

Academically competitive applicants will have AAA at A level or equivalent. Those who do not hold these grades should be aware that their application will be in direct competition with those who do.

Interviews:

All applicants for Veterinary Medicine are required to sit the BMAT prior to interview.

Student profile:

Melissa Coles, 4th year (clinical) Veterinary Medicine student

I’ve wanted to be a vet since I was young, so being accepted on to the Veterinary Medicine course meant a lot to me. Wolfson doesn’t have many vet students. At first I found this a bit daunting, but it does have some advantages; it forces you to make friends both at College and on the course and it also means there’s no competition for the library books. The first three years is a mix of lectures and practicals, covering the underlying scientific principles of medicine. Some of this is taught with the medics, but a lot is just with other vets.

One of the things I like most about the Cambridge course is the sense of community. With only about 70 people in a year it’s quite easy to get to know everyone’s name which would be impossible at some of the larger vet schools. Another thing that sets Cambridge apart is the supervision system. This involves being taught in small groups of usually 2 or 3 students and discussing the lectures in greater detail.
Supervisions provide an excellent opportunity to have any questions answered, get constructive feedback and allow you to develop your exam technique. The timetable is probably more full than most subjects, but then there is a lot to learn and I think we all expected it to be that way. The course can be quite intense; everyone has an essay crisis now and then. But the vet philosophy is definitely one of ‘work hard, play hard’, and there’s ample opportunity for both.