Veterinary studies at Murray Edwards College
Murray Edwards College is proud to have trained a large number of highly successful veterinary surgeons who thrive in general practice or more specialist fields. The College is well situated, amongst the 'Hill' colleges, being a short bicycle ride from the centre of town (where vet students are based in the first three years) and only five minutes from the veterinary school (where the final three years are taught). Murray Edwards College admits between three and five students per year to read veterinary medicine and provides an ambitious, supportive and established environment for its veterinary students.
The veterinary course at Cambridge is described in detail in the Cambridge Admissions Prospectus and in the Veterinary School brochure. A six-year course, it begins with a three-year honours degree covering the pre-clinical subjects and a Part II (third year) in a specialist subject of the student's own choice. The fourth, fifth and sixth years cover the clinical subjects and of these the sixth, and final, year is a lecture free year during which time the students work entirely within the Veterinary Hospital on Madingley Road (a five minute bicycle ride away from the College).
The teaching of veterinary students at Cambridge comprises, in the first three years, lectures, laboratory work, practicals and supervisions. Lectures and laboratory work are organised by the University and the whole year of veterinary students are taught together. Supervisions (or tutorials) are organised by the college and are weekly one-hour sessions in each subject, usually in groups of two or three students, in which students have an opportunity to discuss problems and ideas relating to the course. A veterinary student at Murray Edwards College will have approximately three supervisions a week. In the third year, veterinary students chose one subject to study. Popular subjects include Zoology and Pathology.
In the fourth, fifth and sixth years, the teaching comprises lectures, clinical practicals and clinical training. In the final year, the students take part in small animal medicine, small animal surgery, farm animal, equine, anaesthesia, radiology and pathology rotations within the hospital. At the end of the final year students choose their 'elective' or specialist subject area and undertake a clinical project/research.
Murray Edwards College, in comparison with some Cambridge colleges, makes excellent provision for veterinary teaching and supervisions from within the college. The following are the teaching staff, where * indicates that they are a Fellow/Research Fellow of this College:
We base our assesment of candidates on a range of factors including: academic record, sixth-form reference, the results of the BMAT test and the results of two interviews. Candidates are interviewed by the Director of Studies in Veterinary Science (a clinical vet) and other Fellows in order to assess both their suitability and enthusiasm for the veterinary profession, and their scientific aptitude. The major difference that students comment on between A-level and Cambridge courses is the amount of work they have to do and the speed at which they are expected to assimilate new, and sometimes highly complex, topics. Thus we are looking for outstandingly good scientists with a demonstrated commitment to Veterinary Science.
Students applying to Cambridge for places to study Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are required to sit the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) before coming to interview.
The University's central website has more information on the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
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Checked by HB, August 2012