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. 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.
The key to being a skilled vet is combining practical skills with excellent grounding in the science underlying practice. Cambridge gives you the unique opportunity to study to become a vet at the world’s premier science university – also consistently ranked as one of the best-funded and most productive UK universities. You will be fully immersed in our environment of cutting-edge biomedicine, and experience shows that this makes our graduates better equipped to deal with the high pace of change in veterinary medicine, and poised for a wide variety of flexible and challenging careers.
A major feature of the Cambridge course is its practical emphasis. From your first week, you learn handling and management skills in all the major domestic species, and subsequently with amphibians, reptiles, birds and ‘exotic’ mammals. Our students have the use of superb facilities at the Clinical School – bespoke consultation and examination facilities, imaging and surgical suites, a linear accelerator for radiotherapy, clinical pathology and post mortem labs, also a Clinical Skills Lab is available 24 hours a day for students in all years.
Applicants must have an A Level in Chemistry, and one in Biology/Human Biology, Physics, or Mathematics. However, most successful applicants have at least three science/mathematics A Levels at grade A* or A. Affiliated applicants additionally need a good BA Honours Degree with at least a 2.1 grade.
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. Information on international A level equivalent qualifications can be found here.
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*.
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 practicing vets, are also interested in the study of disease and in research developments.
Applicants for Veterinary Medicine are not required to sit the BMAT for entry in 2018 onwards. Instead all applicants to the Veterinary Medicine course are required to take the Natural Science pre-interview written assessment. More information on this can be found on the University website.
Veterinary Medicine students at Wolfson College are eligible for the Alborada Scholarships. The Alborada Scholarships will be granted to those students for whom the funding will have a significant impact, enabling them to study at, or continue to study at, Wolfson College. An annual scholarship of between £10,000 and £20,000 will be offered for at least three years per student. Please see our awards & bursaries site for more information.