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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

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Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge  

The Veterinary Medicine course at Cambridge is a 6 year course. In the first 3 ‘pre-clinical’  years, students study for their first degree and are based primarily in the centre of Cambridge. Years 4-6 (‘clinical training’) are based at the Department of Veterinary Medicine (the ‘Vet school’) which is located on Madingley Road, close to Murray Edwards’ College. The veterinary curriculum includes vertically-integrated themes spanning both preclinical and clinical years. Full details about the structure and content of the course can be found at the Departmental website.

One of the key differences in studying veterinary medicine at Cambridge compared to other Veterinary Schools in the UK is the size of the year group – we only train between 60 and 70 students per year. In our lecture free final year you are taught in small groups of between 6 and 8, making sure that you get high exposure to clinical cases and clinicians.

Veterinary Medicine in Murray Edwards College 

We welcome between 4  and 6 undergraduate students in each year.  Within the College as a whole this means we have around 16 ‘pre-clinical’/undergraduate students, 16  ‘clinical’/postgraduate students, and several Fellows and Bye-Fellows interested in Veterinary Medicine or in closely related subject areas. 

Veterinary Medicine is an important subject at Murray Edwards. We have a thriving Veterinary Society that organises evening events, informal tea parties and a yearly ‘Vet Soc.’ Dinner. We provide supervisions (hourly informal teaching sessions with 1-3 students and a Supervisor) within College to supplement Lectures. Our students achieve good results, with a number achieving First Class degrees at the end of their first degree and many of our students go on to specialist veterinary training once they have qualified as veterinary surgeons. 

We have a number of members of College (‘Fellows’) involved in teaching veterinary students.  Our Director of Studies, Dr Frances Henson, is an RCVS Equine Specialist who is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Veterinary Medicine.   Other Fellows who are actively involved in teaching veterinary students at Murray Edwards include Dr Julia Turner who supervises Pathology, Dr Aleksandra Watson (Biochemistry), Dr Simon Bulley (Pharmacology) and Mrs Jilly Pearson (Anatomy).

Applying to study here 

We look for students who are enthusiastic about their subject, motivated to learn more and have achieved highly in their examinations to date. At interview we will be looking for evidence of an ability to think through problems, to engage with data and to be able to draw conclusions from information. We are also looking for candidates who can discuss aspects of current veterinary issues. Whilst some other UK Veterinary schools require candidates to have completed substantial work experience prior to applying, at Murray Edwards we do not judge candidates on this aspect of their application.  So, if you are a ‘late convert’ to Veterinary Medicine with little work experience then do not be put off applying to us!  We look for professional commitment but this does not necessarily mean significant work experience.

We usually set conditional offers consistent with typical/standard offers across the University ie usually A*A*A at A level in concurrently studied subjects (or their equivalent).  Full details of entry requirements and selection processes in Veterinary Medicine across all colleges can be found on the central University webpages.

Moving into your career 

Our students follow a wide range of careers within the veterinary profession when they leave: most go into general veterinary practice, however students who have decided to focus on their chosen areas of Veterinary profession often go straight into specialist veterinary practice. Those who have graduated recently have taken up prestigious internships in Farm Animal medicine and Equine practice.

Find out more

Many students find it helpful to contact us by email or to visit us to find out more. You are welcome to do so.

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