University of Cambridge Veterinary Entry Requirements

University of Cambridge Veterinary Entry Requirements

University of Cambridge Veterinary Entry Requirements

QualificationDetailed advice
GCE A-level: A*A*AMin. units required: 3. Min. units preferred: 3. Specific subjects are required for certain courses. Please see the website for full details:
GCE AS-levelThis qualification is accepted but no typical grades have been provided
SQA HigherThis qualification is accepted but no typical grades have been provided
SQA Advanced Higher: AAAFor many Cambridge courses qualifications in specific subjects are required, please see Subjects excluded: Only acceptable in one sitting.

Modules of the Course

Year 1 and 2:

Pre-clinical study: students concentrate on the biological sciences that underlie the scientific basis of veterinary medicine, this is covered by courses in: homeostasis; molecules in medical science; veterinary anatomy and physiology; principles of animal management; introduction to the scientific basis of medicine; biology of disease; mechanisms of drug action; neurobiology and animal behaviour; veterinary reproductive biology; and comparative vertebrate biology; students also follow the Preparing for the Veterinary Profession courses, an introduction to the ethical, social and professional responsibilities of the profession.

Year 3:

Students choose to specialise in one of a wide range of other subjects offered by the University to qualify for the BA degree; options include: part II biological and biomedical sciences; a single subject from Part II of natural sciences; a subject less obviously related to veterinary medicine, such as anthropology, management studies or philosophy.

Year 4:

Clinical study: The emphasis of the clinical course is to give students sufficient clinical knowledge and skills to practise veterinary medicine, and to provide them with the scientific background needed to respond to future trends and advances in veterinary medicine.

Year 4:

Topics include: animal breeding; nutrition and welfare; animal pathology; microbiology and veterinary parasitology; clinical pharmacology; radiography; and gastroenterology; 2 mornings each week are given over to practical clinical work including basic clinical examination of the main animal species, radiography and post–mortem investigation.

Year 5:

Students complete the courses in species medicine started in year 4, and also follow a course in small animal medicine; instruction is given in subjects including cardiology, neurology, oncology, clinical pathology, and endocrinology, and in various surgical topics; students learn about veterinary public health, including food hygiene; state veterinary medicine; the medicine of laboratory animals; 2 mornings every week are again set aside for practical clinical work, including visits to external establishments such as the RSPCA clinic, and 1 morning a week is used for medical demonstrations.

Year 6:

Tuition is centred on small–group clinical teaching in which groups rotate through different disciplines in the hospital with individual clinicians; students are given the maximum possible responsibility for the management of clinical cases; finally, students then have a period of 7 weeks’ elective study in which to explore a special interest.

Assessment Methods

Coursework, practical assessments and formal examinations.

Start Dates

  • October 2017