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Are you a year 12 student (or equivalent) interested in applying for Medicine or Veterinary Medicine?

Read all about our Cottrell Essay Prize for Medicine and Veterinary Medicine here!

The Prize:

As a College we aim to tackle the pressing issues of the twenty-first century, and we have designed this year’s questions to get to the heart of the most important issues affecting Medicine and Veterinary Medicine during this extraordinary time.

Students in year 12 (or equivalent) attending schools/colleges in the UK and overseas are invited to choose one question from either Medicine and Veterinary and submit an essay of between 1,000-1, 5000 words by the 31st May.

We are offering one £100 first prize and two £50 second place prizes in both Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Both Medicine and Veterinary Medicine will also have an unlimited number of highly commended prizes available.

The questions can be found below:


1) What lessons should public health services learn from the Covid-19 pandemic?

2) Should vaccinations be compulsory?

3) The Covid-19 pandemic and climate change demonstrate the importance of the concept of ‘one health’.  Do you agree?

4) The Government is planning to modernise the Mental Health Act. How should clinical expertise be balanced with an increased emphasis on service user autonomy and choice?’

Veterinary Medicine:

1)  ‘Brachycephalic dogs spend their entire lives struggling to breathe.  Their popularity is regrettable and their breeding should be strictly regulated.’  Discuss.

2) Assess the positives and negatives of the ‘lockdown puppies’ phenomenon.

3) The Covid-19 pandemic and climate change demonstrate the importance of the concept of ‘one health’.  Do you agree?

4) The veterinary profession has a high incidence of mental illness. What factors might contribute to this? How might the situation be improved?

5) What makes a 'dangerous dog'? Discuss in a critical fashion the Dangerous Dog Act and the role of the veterinary surgeon in its concept.

Interested in entering?

All completed entries, including teacher verification, must be received by no later than midnight on 31st May 2021. For full details and our entry form, please see our guidance document. We aim to confirm results by the 30th June 2021.


Once you are ready to submit your entry you can do so here. Please ensure you have fully ready and understood our guidance document before writing and submitting your essay.

Exploring your subject

Interested in finding resources to explore Medicine or Veterinary Medicine? Check out our guide to supracurricular enrichment!