We take up to five vets at Homerton each year and your director of studies, David Williams, is a vet in the hospital as well as facilitating your study in the preclinical years in a number of veterinary-related areas.
We offer our students accommodation on the college site for all six years of their studies in Cambridge, something not all Colleges can offer. Homerton is increasingly a centre for bio-medical study, with our proximity to the Bio-Medical campus at Addenbrooks, and though we are not the nearest college to the Vet School (so bikes are recommended), we expect our vets will form part of a strong and enthusiastic group of Fellows, key researchers, postgrads and undergraduate students committed to the rigorous application of science to human and animal care.
The great thing about veterinary medicine at Cambridge is that the veterinary hospital is so close to the centre of town, so right from the start you get to see and handle animals. As well as that we can offer you really top class science here and the opportunity to be involved with cutting edge research as you study. The first two years teach you all the basic sciences to equip you for veterinary practice and your third year is spent on a specific area from pathology or pharmacology through to non-veterinary areas such as history and philosophy of science, should you be so inclined. At the vet school the great thing is that the year group is really small so you get lots of chances to be involved in clinical work, operating with our surgeons or with your hand up the back of a cow if farm work is your desire!
If you are to be offered a place to read Veterinary Medicine you must satisfy the University’s pre-medical requirements. Put in their simplest form these require that you have obtained:
- passes at GCSE level in Biology, Physics and Mathematics (or in Double-award Science and Mathematics)
- passes at AS or A-level in three of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics
- one of the subjects must be Chemistry and at least one pass must be at Advanced GCE
- registration for the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA) in October which replaces the previously used Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
For these purposes a pass in the Scottish Advanced Highers, or at Grade 5 or above in the Higher Level of the International Baccalaureate, is considered equivalent to a pass at A-level. Candidates who are taking other subjects or examinations should write for advice before applying.
Please note that these are merely the University’s minimum requirements and that the College makes conditional offers of A*AA in Vet Medicine at A-level as an entry requirement, and IB with 40-42 points with 776 in Higher Level science and maths subjects.
Almost all of the applicants to Homerton will obtain at least A*AA grades at A-level or the equivalent. Whilst the College is prepared to consider applications from candidates offering a third A-level in a subject other than those listed above, it should be stressed that this will be exceptional.
Homerton will interview applicants whom we think, on the basis of their application and performance in the pre-interview assessment, are capable of doing well on our courses. The two interviews will explore all aspects of the application from scientific ability to work experience and commitment to animal welfare.