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Veterinary Medicine - Careers and Research

The Cambridge graduates get into various professions after completing the education. Some of the graduates have achieved impressive posts in the occupation and others have got into industry and research. Students have substantial opportunities to enter general practice in the EU and UK. They also have an excellent opportunity to attain postgraduate specialist qualifications under the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' specialist diploma and certificate examinations.

Students have various career opportunities available with animal charities (PDSA, RSPCA, etc.), government agencies, in various drug and pet food companies and in academic posts. They also have many opportunities in private companies, research council institutes and research in universities.

Course Outline

Pre-Clinical Studies

In the first two years, students need to concentrate on the biological sciences, which underline the particular basis of veterinary medicine.

Year First

Students need to take the following core subjects in the first year.

In Homeostasis, students study the physiological systems that strengthen the body's regulation of its interior environment and its responses to external threats. Students have relevant practical classes in history and experimental physiology.

Molecules in Medical Science aim at providing students with thorough understanding of the molecular foundation of how organism and cells work. The practical exercises incorporate a wide range of biochemical techniques to study the function and structure of cellular machinery. It encompasses a strong problem solving module.

Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology consists of lectures on the functional anatomy of tissues and organs of domestic animals. These are complemented by practical study of topographical anatomy comprising dissection backed up by demonstrations using cross-sections, radiographic images, examination of live animals and anatomical models.

Additional subjects may include:

  • Preparing for the Farm Animal and Veterinary Profession Husbandry
  • A short course in the first term introducing the Scientific Basis of Medicine and the principles of Cell Biology

Year Two

In the second year, students need to study five core subjects.

Biology of Disease refers to the mechanism and nature of disease processes integrating practical classes with lectures to study the abnormalities that may be found in the function and structure of living organs and tissues and their causes.

Mechanism of Drug Action aims at providing an understanding of the grounding mechanism of drug action at the level of the effects on body systems and drug-receptor interactions. The emphasis is given not only on the present use of the drugs but also on a framework for assessing future therapies.

Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour incorporates the function and structure of the sense organs of animals and the central nervous systems and consider the basic principles governing animal behaviour and its application to problems in veterinary practice.

Veterinary Reproductive Biology offers students thorough foundation in the principles of animal reproductive biology with specific reference to post-natal and fetal development, strategies in domestic animals and the assortment of reproductive mechanism.

Comparative Vertebrate Biology aims at introducing to the study of reptiles, fish, birds, exotic mammals and laboratory. Additionally, preparing for the veterinary profession continues.

Year Third

In this year, students have an opportunity to specialize while choosing from an extensive range of subjects to qualify for the BA degree. Students have options including:

Part second includes Biological and Biomedical Sciences in Natural Sciences that offers a wide range of subjects comprising Zoology, Pathology and Physiology.

In the part second, one subject of Natural Sciences may enable students to take the subject to the edge of current knowledge and is possible to encompass a research project. Students who would like to take admission to these subjects must have good performance in the part first examination and admissions to these subjects are limited.

Pre-clinical veterinary students at Cambridge ought to have passes all parts of the second VetMB exams before they start the clinical course. Upon successful completion of the pre-clinical course, students shall graduate with a BA degree. Subsequently, veterinary students take a three-year clinical studies course at the Department of Veterinary Medicine.


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