Veterinary Medicine

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Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge

The Cambridge course offers the most diverse and rewarding veterinary education experience possible. We provide a uniquely supportive learning environment, with a strong emphasis on practical skills. Cambridge is the smallest UK vet school, training around 70 Vets each year, and this would be central to your experience here. Right from the start, you would benefit from Cambridge’s unique ‘supervision’ small group teaching system. Later in the course, the small class sizes become even more valuable. Our clinical rotation groups are tiny, which ensures a high caseload and would help build your confidence and experience. You would have access to superb facilities and be fully immersed in our environment of cutting-edge biomedicine. Experience shows that our learning environment 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. We aim to make you not merely a competent veterinarian but a practitioner who is well-equipped to grow and develop throughout your career. It is no accident that many of our former students now lead the veterinary profession, whether as leading specialist clinicians, top researchers, or as Presidents of the RCVS and other veterinary bodies. 

Full details are provided on the Department of Veterinary Medicine website, and summarised in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.

Veterinary Medicine at Churchill College

Churchill College aims to admit two or three Veterinary students each year. This small number enables us to focus on your development as an individual. Dr Mark Holmes FRCVS is the Director of Studies for the clinical course who, together with Dr Barry Kingston for the pre-clinical course, arranges and deliver supervisions. We try to arrange for clinically-trained supervisors to deliver the supervision teaching to provide valuable vocational context to the bedrock of science that underpins the Veterinary course. As a student here, you may be able to take advantage of opportunities to undertake part of your extramural studies abroad, either working in veterinary clinics or undertaking research projects supported by the College. In addition to our other attractions, we are also the closest College to the Veterinary School. Churchill has a particular focus on science: as a consequence, our Library is well stocked for Veterinary Medicine. Veterinary students are also part of the Churchill Medical Society, an organisation that arranges regular social functions and hosts visiting speakers to give after-dinner talks.


Admissions

Subject pre-requisites

Essential Highly desirable/useful
A Level/IB Higher Level Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics, and Physics A third science/mathematics subject to A Level/IB Higher Level

Standard entry requirements

 

Written assessments

Cambridge University uses a system of common format written assessments, specifically tailored to each subject. These give us valuable additional evidence of your academic ability, knowledge base, and potential to succeed at Cambridge. For more information about written assessments in this subject, click on:

Written assessments

Please note that, as a Veterinary applicant, you are not required to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

Written work

You are not required to submit any written work.

Interview

If called, you will normally have one interviews with two Fellows of the College (one clinical and one non-clinical). During the interview, you may be asked about your current studies (including experimental and project work you have done at school). Your interviewers may initiate a discussion on a topic that engages your interest (often drawn from your UCAS Personal Statement). While your interviewers may ask about work experience or relevant wider reading in sciences, maths or Veterinary Medicine, we will not expect you to know any detailed information normally taught as part of a university Veterinary course. You will be given a chance to ask any questions you may have concerning Cambridge, the Veterinary Medicine course and/or the College, but this part of your interview will not form part of our assessment.


Contact

For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office

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Directors of Studies

Dr Barry Kingston

Director of Studies in Medical and Veterinary Sciences

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Dr Jason Ali

Clinical Director of Studies in Medical and Veterinary Sciences

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Dr Mark Holmes

Director of Studies in Clinical Veterinary Medicine

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