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Cambridge offers a world-class opportunity to study the scientific basis of veterinary medicine and clinical veterinary science, and Lucy offers a warm and supportive subject community. The course provides the fundamental building blocks on which to develop and excel in any veterinary field. The course comprises three years of pre-clinical study (two for affiliated students), followed by three years of clinical study, and equips students with the skills required to enter practice in the UK and EU.


Further information about the course can be found on the Department and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*AA
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level 

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Course requirements

  • A-Level/IB Higher Level in Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics

  • Successful applicants usually have at least Science/Maths A-Levels* at grade A or A* (or equivalent).  Find out more about the course requirements here.

  • Applicants holding qualifications they believe to be equivalent other than the International Baccalaureate and Scottish Highers will need to demonstrate, convincingly, that those qualifications involve a comparable level of scientific and mathematical understanding, and are advised to contact us for guidance.

*Please note that 'Science/Maths A-Levels' refers to Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. It does not include Psychology.

Work experience

Work experience is not a requirement for applicants but some experience, paid or voluntary, is useful to understand the profession.

Number of students 

We aim to admit around eight students per year.

Admissions assessment

  • All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for Veterinary Medicine at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). This assessment is called the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA). It is specific to Cambridge.

  • For applicants for 2023 entry, the deadline for registering for this assessment is Friday 30 September 2022. See here for information about how to register.

  • Applicants will sit the NSAA on Wednesday 19 October 2022.

  • Further details about the written assessment can be found on the University website here.

  • Applicants who do not register for or sit the NSAA will be rejected.

Written work 

Applicants are not typically asked to submit examples of written work.

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