Veterinary Medicine introductory reading list

Below are some suggestions for background reading before you arrive in Cambridge. For your information, the main subjects you will be studying in your first year are: anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, should you want to start thinking about these topics. As above, we would recommend you waiting until you arrive in Cambridge to purchase any text books.

General Medical Council guidance that you should read and be familiar with

  1. Professional values and fitness to practise. Royal Collee of Veterinary Surgeons Fitness to Practise - A Guide for UK Veterinary Schools and Veterinary Students.
  2. British Small Animal Veterinary Association. An interesting website with material available regarding professionalism and an opportunity for students BBSAVA membership.
  3. Please consider reading a book about optimising your study skills, as the Cambridge Veterinary Course is challenging even for very highly able students. This book is well worth considering: Cottrell, Stella (2013) The Study Skills Handbook ISBN 1137289252 (Palgrave Macmillan).
  4. Consider subscribing to the Journal of the Association of Veterinary Students
  5. If you have not studied A-level biology, we would recommend some background reading around the topics of human physiology and biochemistry.
  6. If you have not studied A-level mathematics, some additional material is available online, to which we can give you access, in order to ensure that you have an appropriate level of mathematics. Please contact Louise Ranger ( to arrange access to this. This opportunity is open to all students, but those with A-level mathematics should have covered all this material already.

Books of general interest to veterinary medicine

Useful websites

There are many websites providing useful information for you both as future Cambridge undergraduates, but also as future veterinarians:

Directors of Studies

As veterinary students at Churchill your Directors of Studies will be:

Dr Elizabeth Soilleux: (Years 1—3)
Dr Mark Holmes@ (Years 4—6)

If you have any specific questions about the veterinary course before you come into residence please don’t hesitate to get in contact.