Veterinary Medicine

Why choose Girton?

Girton has always taken a large cohort of veterinary students with, on average, eight to nine students embarking on the Veterinary Medicine course at Girton each year. This ensures an enthusiastic, varied and mutually supportive veterinary community within College. Informal veterinary “get-togethers” occur throughout the year and include the popular Michaelmas Term Vets’ Supper Party. Girton is also conveniently placed for easy access to the Veterinary School.

The teaching Fellowship contains fully qualified veterinary surgeons with clinical experience and specialist skills in equine medicine, small animal surgery and anatomic pathology. Students also benefit from interaction with the medical students and those studying natural sciences and frequently work together, and engage in activities such as the Science Communication Prize.

Undergraduate information

The six year Veterinary Medicine course at Cambridge provides a unique training in basic medical sciences followed by a clinical course which applies students’ scientific knowledge practically as they study and work in the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital. The small group sizes provide unparalleled opportunities for direct contact with clinical teachers and opportunities to develop personal interests in any aspect of clinical veterinary science or research.

The views of current Girton veterinary students:

‘Very friendly, great facilities. An all round great College!’ – Girton Third Year Vet

‘It is a real privilege to have supervisions on a weekly basis with qualified vets, who can exemplify the clinical relevance of preclinical studies.’ – Girton Second Year Vet

Graduate information

The Department of Veterinary Medicine runs the clinical part of the course and has a substantial number of PhD students undertaking research within world-renowned research groups, carrying out cutting-edge biomedical research.

Potential applicants for PhD or MPhil programmes in the Department of Veterinary Medicine should contact

Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.

Career destinations

Due to the nature of the Veterinary course at Cambridge with its excellent science base, opportunities following graduation are many and varied. Most graduates enter clinical practice initially. Many progress to pursue diverse and rewarding careers within the clinical sector, with some individuals choosing to move into other areas of veterinary work including industry, journalism, basic and applied research, veterinary pathology and policy making.

Undergraduate admissions at a glance

No. of students admitted per year


Entry requirements

All entry requirements are A-Level standard or equivalent, unless otherwise stated.

Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (see also the University Pre-medical requirements)

Typical offer


Assessment arrangements

All Cambridge candidates are required to take a written assessment prior to interview. Candidates will sit the assessment in their school or college and must register by 15 October 2020.

Further information about the written assessment can be found here.

Interview arrangements

Usually 2 double interviews. In one interview the candidate’s suitability for the profession is assessed; the other interview concentrates on testing the candidate’s ability in and enthusiasm for science.


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Fellows & Teaching Staff

Kate Hughes

Dr Kate Hughes

  • Director of Studies
  • Official Fellow
Heidi Radke

Dr Heidi Radke

  • Director of Studies
  • Official Fellow

Ms Marie-Aude Ganain

  • Director of Studies
  • College Teaching Officer

Ms Elly Po

  • Director of Studies
  • College Teaching Officer