Veterinary Medicine

Vet students at Vet/Med reception, Club Room Wolfson

There are many good reasons for choosing to read Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge. Our course is very practical, with plenty of animal contact from the beginning of the first year all the way through to the lecture-free final year on clinics in the hospital. This is underpinned by an unrivalled high quality scientific education which equips you uniquely to problem-solve in veterinary practice or in whatever future career you chose.

In the first three years the medical sciences are treated in a fundamental way with the objective of instilling a thorough understanding of the scientific principles which underlie the practice of Veterinary Medicine. Preclinical veterinary subjects are taught mainly alongside the medics, except for specific veterinary subjects like anatomy or veterinary physiology. At Wolfson, we take 2-3 vets and 3-4 medics as well as 7 CGCM students. It is a good group size for positive interactions.

The clinical courses are practically and vocationally orientated and recent re-organisation has enabled the final year to be freed of lectures, allowing students to devote all their time to the clinical care of animals under their responsibility.

Academic Requirements:

All applicants must meet the following requirements: GCSEs in Mathematics and either Double Science or Biology and Physics, at Grade C or above; A-level Chemistry; AS or A-levels in two of Biology, Mathematics and Physics. Applicants holding qualifications they believe to be equivalent other than the International Baccalaureate and Scottish Highers will need to demonstrate, convincingly, that those qualifications involve a comparable level of scientific and mathematical understanding, and are advised to contact us for guidance.

It should be stressed that the requirements detailed above represent a minimum or threshold standard: most successful applicants obtain at least three A-levels (or equivalent) in pure sciences and mathematics, at Grade A or A*.  

Affiliated entrants also need a good BA Honours Degree with a 2.1 or above.

We are looking for students who are highly motivated and enthusiastic about Veterinary Medicine and have the academic ability to learn very fast in a demanding course. Candidates should have strong scientific interest: unlike many other Vet Schools, where the emphasis is placed very much on small animal practice etc. the Cambridge course is ideal for those who, while wishing to become practising vets, are also interested in the study of disease and in research developments.


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

Director of Studies: Pre Clinical: Dr Lesley MacVinish , Clinical: Prof Alun Williams

Find out more about the Veterinary Medicine course on the department website and the University Undergraduate Prospectus.