Clare College Cambridge

Applying for Veterinary Medicine



All Veterinary Medicine applicants will take the Natural Sciences pre-interview written assessment (details below). Please note that your performance in the pre-interview assessment will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application. Most veterinary applicants to Clare are interviewed in December. Usually two interviews are conducted, each with two interviewers and lasting for about 20 min.  Questions are aimed at testing the candidates’ ability to extrapolate and think laterally, rather than a simple test of knowledge per se. A small number of applicants are not interviewed if their academic record to date makes it very unlikely that they would be given a place. Successful candidates are made a conditional offer; usually A*AA at A Level, including at least two science or maths subjects. Candidates offering only two science A Levels will normally be expected to have an A-grade in a third science at AS level. Exceptional candidates offering just one science at A Level will be considered. These standards are applied so that the College can obtain the maximum information on a student in order to come to the fairest decision. However, the special circumstances of an individual student would always be considered. Other suitable pre-university qualifications such as International Baccalaureate are also welcome. It is best to consult with the Admissions Tutor if you are in doubt about the suitability of your qualifications.

Applicants for Veterinary Medicine are expected to have spent some time with a veterinary surgeon to gain some experience of the profession, and to appreciate a practitioner’s routine, lifestyle and expertise. ‘Hands on’ experience with a variety of animals is also to be encouraged. However, prospective students should not spend too much time on ‘work experience’ and need to balance time spent with vets and with animals with their other interests and with their academic work. Cambridge values quality of experience over quantity.

Written Assessment

All applicants for Veterinary Medicine will take a pre-interview admissions assessment. Further details of the registration procedures and information about assessment centres and specimen papers can be found at

NB: All offers of a place on this course (for UK students) will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. You will be sent the relevant forms to complete only if you are offered a place.