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Cambridge Veterinary Medicine is internationally renowned, and highly competitive. 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.

Lucy Cavendish aims to admit undergraduates in Veterinary Medicine each year. We also have a number of postgraduates working in related fields, as well as teaching and research staff, making for a warm and supportive subject community.


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 the equivalent of three Science/Maths A Levels* at grade A or A*.  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

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

*Please note that in the following 'science/mathematics subjects' refers to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics* and Further 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.

For students applying for 2021 Entry, we’re mindful that the current pandemic may prevent you from completing work experience. Not having completed work experience will not disadvantage your application to Cambridge. Further advice and guidance can be found on the Veterinary School’s website.

Number of students 

We aim to admit around eight students per year.

Admissions Assessment

  • All applicants to Veterinary Medicine are required to take the Natural Sciences pre-interview written assessment at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college)

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

Written work 

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

For more information: