Studying Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University



when you start at 18 your eyes are focused on I'm going to be a vet in practice study at Cambridge vet school and it does open your eye to the world of possibilities with veterinary medicine it's not just a case of studied vet medicine go and work in general practice for the rest of your life you never know where the vet career is going to go and it's an incredible thing that it can almost go anywhere and whether that's the European specialism that's research teaching government where the size of the vet school is the important thing you know this is it is the smallest of the vet schools but we see that it's very much positive out of all the universities we've got the smallest class sizes about 60 a year it means that we get the opportunity to spend more time with the students on on a one-to-one basis that goes for the first kind of three years where you've got the supervision system so once a week you're literally spending an hour with somebody from your three main subjects and you're talking it through you've got the ability to ask questions we have the ability to question you find in the final year and the groups of three there's three students so you're not treated as students through that what you are that's become professional you are treated as professional as you're part of the decision making team you have one to one case control and which is actually quite unique I think I'll go everywhere else we have the best of both worlds on the one hand we're at the epicenter of a huge research environment so we have the benefits that that brings in terms of being at the cutting edge of research advances but we also have a wonderful referral hospital on site which gives our students the chance to get lots of clinical experience in very small groups we we don't want to trade off for name I don't think any of us want to trade off just the Cambridge name what we want to do is be justified way up there as one of the great science universities in the world of the last five years we've had the clinical skill centre and which is now set up and is a foundation of our training you know there's a chance to go and practice all those skills before you go and see a live animal there's various equipment around that allows us to practice putting in cannulas to potentially give animals fluid and there's some wonderful equipment here where we can actually control what they see on the screen for the unaesthetic as if there was a real patient there what that allows us to do is obviously give them a relatively normal set of circumstances and then slowly ease them into something maybe more dramatic happening you'll see an array of animals at the vet school which is incredible I've in my final year I've been involved in treating of a cheetah from a local wildlife sanctuary I've been involved with people's pet pigs thoroughbred horses that won races people surprised pets down to rats and people you know hamsters and guinea pigs there's such a wide array of animals that you'll be involved in treating and you never quite know what's going to come through the door these are some of the courses that we use for teaching and specifically I to use these verses to teach cardiology we have two other buildings as part of the hospital one which is our diagnostic unit with also where our inpatients stay and we have an intensive care unit at the back of that building and our other building is a surgical building where we've got two surgical suites what we're really looking for an interview is a real passion for the subject and an ability to problem-solve and have a go at problems even if it's an unfamiliar topic or an unfamiliar I think it's really important to have a really inquisitive mind always be asking questions that's the way that we're always learning and developing within within the career so we're not so interested in acquisition of specific knowledge at that point but really an ability to problem-solve and have a go I think the other thing that's really quite important to us is a science-based degree here it's a very heavily science-based degree and we want people that are passionate about that science the underlying principles behind it I got to the end of my first year and I'd failed a couple of my exams actually I feel now five years on I'm a stronger person for having gone through that but if I have found vet school a walk in the park because actually there are going to be challenges through my career that there's gonna be difficult cases they're gonna do things that you're not gonna be able to do that's okay you can you can get over those and you can still build and improve whether you think it or not you are Cambridge material because you're the brightest of your class that you apply for veterinary medicine you know you're up there in my mind I wasn't Cambridge material I was never going to get in I only applied because my parents said well what's the harm and sending off an application and yeah I'm here three months hopefully from graduation as a as a qualified vet

4 comments

  1. Being a Vet has always been my dream but so many things happened in my life. I spent five years doing Accounting but my love for veterinary medicine has never changed

  2. Compassion meets academic excellence at Cambridge''s Department Of Veterinary Medicine. A fantastic role model for every Veterinary Department. Natural modesty prevents us from mentioning our very own; world renowned Veterinary School located in Belfield, Dublin.

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