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Veterinary Medicine

Typical Offer Conditions

IB:41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
Other:See the University's Entrance Requirements page

Subject Requirements

Essential:Chemistry, plus one of Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics
Desirable:We recommend that applicants should take three of the above subjects if possible

Written Work


Admissions Assessment

All applicants are required to sit the Natural Sciences Admission Assessment, which they will sit at an authorised centre local to them (for many applicants, this will be their school/college). This is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate the ability in the physical and biological sciences, and maths – it is considered alongside all the information we receive about each applicant. There is no fee for this assessment, but your school/college must register you for it by October 15th. Please see the Admissions Assessments page on the University website for further details.

Veterinary applicants are no longer asked to take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

General Comments

We seek applicants with strong scientific and clinical potential, as evidenced by performance in science/maths subjects at school, and in the University’s admissions assessments, as well as an ability to discuss any veterinary work experience they have seen. Indeed, if you are doing well in science/maths at school, then you may find that Cambridge is the veterinary course on which you have the highest chance of gaining a place.

Work experience is not a requirement but some experience is useful to understand the profession and what is required of its members. We suggest that a total two weeks of experience shadowing a vet or vets in any clinical setting is sufficient. You will probably be asked about your work experience at interview, and the focus will be on how observant, questioning, interactive and thoughtful you have been about the veterinary practice you have seen.

Applicants whose on-paper information suggests that they might be successful will be called for interview – usually in early December. Applicants will have two interviews on the same day. These will focus on candidates’ aptitude in science/maths subjects, as well as discussion of any work experience. While we will ask about clinical cases you have seen, or any additional reading in science, maths or Veterinary Medicine, we will not expect you to know any detailed information normally taught as part of a university veterinary course.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has certain expectations regarding the attitudes, behaviour and performance of veterinary students. For information about the (1) RCVS fitness to practise requirements, (2) Disclosure and Barring Service checks, and (3) Cambridge’s confidential occupational health assessment, see this link.


Miss Vicky Mills
Admissions Officer
Trinity Hall
Trinity Lane
Cambridge CB2 1TJ

t: +44 1223 332535

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