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Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge

Cambridge provides a unique intellectual and social environment in which to study to the highest level. The Department of Veterinary Medicine has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in many clinical fields, and is performing world class veterinary research.

A major strength of the Cambridge course is the extensive use of practical teaching. Our staff includes world leaders in their fields and our facilities include state-of-the-art equipment (see Resources, below). Cambridge was the first veterinary school to introduce a hands-on lecture-free final year, in which students take full responsibility for cases under the watchful eye of …

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Overview

Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge

Cambridge provides a unique intellectual and social environment in which to study to the highest level. The Department of Veterinary Medicine has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in many clinical fields, and is performing world class veterinary research.

A major strength of the Cambridge course is the extensive use of practical teaching. Our staff includes world leaders in their fields and our facilities include state-of-the-art equipment (see Resources, below). Cambridge was the first veterinary school to introduce a hands-on lecture-free final year, in which students take full responsibility for cases under the watchful eye of senior clinicians. This allows you to develop your clinical and problem-solving skills and client communication skills in a real clinical practice environment.

The emphasis on small-group teaching in all six years, with the teacher paying close attention to your progress, is also central to our philosophy of producing the highest calibre veterinary graduates.

Teaching

At Cambridge, you study the basic veterinary sciences that underpin the practice of veterinary medicine first (in the University's science departments), before learning to apply that knowledge to veterinary practise as a clinical student.

During the first three years of the course (your Pre-Clinical Studies), teaching is provided through lectures, practical classes (including dissections) and small-group supervisions, and you can typically expect 20-25 timetabled teaching hours each week.

The teaching during the second three years of the course (your Clinical Studies) is a mixture of lectures (Years 4 and 5), practicals, tutorials, supervisions and clinical rotations.

During your Pre-Clinical Studies, you must complete your Pre-Clinical Extramural Studies. This involves 12 weeks' work experience during the University vacations in order to gain knowledge of animal husbandry. Work experience carried out before starting the course cannot be counted.

During your Clinical Studies, you must complete 26 weeks of Clinical Extramural Study during University vacations, some of which may be undertaken abroad.

Assessment

Your College supervisors review your progress on a weekly basis in subject-based supervisions, and your College Director of Studies monitors your overall progress in all aspects of the course. Formal assessment, which determines your progression through the course, takes a variety of forms including written essays, short answer and practical examinations, and multiple-choice questions.

Resources

The modern facilities in the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital include:

  • a five-theatre small animal surgical suite
  • a fully-equipped intensive care unit
  • an equine surgical suite and diagnostic unit with an MRI machine capable of imaging standing horses
  • farm animal facilities
  • a superb post-mortem unit

We also have one of the leading cancer therapy units in Europe with a new linear accelerator used for delivering radiotherapy to both small and large animals with cancer.

Professional qualification

While the University is responsible for the teaching and examination of the courses leading to the degrees of BA and VetMB, their content and standards are scrutinised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and must also conform to the Veterinary Directives of the European Union.

Achievement of the VetMB degree allows you to become a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), which is the professional qualification required to enter practice.

Careers and research

The prospects for employment within veterinary science are very diverse. The Cambridge course provides excellent hands-on clinical teaching which equips you with the clinical skills required to enter practice (in the UK and EU).

At the same time, it gives you the scientific understanding needed to enter many other areas of veterinary work or biomedical science, and to understand and respond to the rapid progress being made in veterinary science.

Many Cambridge graduates have gone on to prestigious posts in the profession and some have become leaders of research and industry. There are also many opportunities to enter research in universities, Research Council institutes and private companies, and to obtain specialist postgraduate qualifications.

In addition, career openings are available with government agencies, animal charities (RSPCA, PDSA etc), in many pet food and drug companies, and in academic clinical posts.

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