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Welcome Veterinary Students (2022-23)!


Please note details are still being finalised for these sessions and further information will be confirmed via email in due course.


You will find below information regarding your first week at Cambridge.

You will receive, by email, a welcome letter detailing your set and how to access the online timetables. Please check your @cam email account.

The documents below make up the Freshers Pack, which you must read carefully and print off as necessary.


Student Device Specification

The Department of Veterinary Medicine has issued minimum specification guidelines for laptops that relates to the materials it provides:

  • Windows: 7, 8, and 10 on 64-bit platforms
  • macOS: OS X 10.14 and higher
  • CPUs newer than 2011 (Intel Sandy Bridge or newer)
  • 10 MBs of disk space
  • Web camera and microphone (internal or external)
  • A broadband internet connection (0.15Mbps upload speed)

Note: Inspera Exam Portal does not run on Google Chromebooks, virtual machines, machines
running Linux, tablets, or mobile phones.


Occupational Health Information

Individual Occupational Health appointments will be running from the middle of Michaelmas term, these are compulsory. Occupational Health with contact you regarding this appointment.

It is extremely important that you attend your Occupational Health Appointment, if you realise that your scheduled appointment clashes with a timetabled session then please contact the Occupational Health Service to rearrange, otherwise this appointment should take priority over other society/college commitments, including supervisions.

Signing of the Veterinary Student Register Agreement

This is printed at the end of the handbook, please sign it and return it to the Vet School tutorial office by Friday 14th October 2022.


Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October 2022

Molecules in Medical Science (MiMS) Lab-coat session

These occur at various times over the two days, (please see your timetable for your allocated slot)  

NB, if you are unable to attend your slot due to college commitment please attend at an alternative convenient time over the two days (4th October 10:00-17:00, 5th October 10:00-13:00)

Molecules in Medical Science (MIMS) flyer (includes directions to venue)



Wednesday 5th October 2022

14:00-15:00 Induction for Veterinary Science Tripos (VetST) students

Map for Biffen Lecture Theatre

15:30-17:00 Induction for Medical and Veterinary Science Tripos (MedST and VetST) students

VetST Induction Programme

VetST and MedST Joint Induction Programme

Map for Lady Mitchell Hall (Please note, this is approx 15 minute walk/5 minute cycle from the Biffen Lecture Theatre)


Thursday 6th October 2022

09:00-10:00 VAP - The Vertebrate Body

10:00-12:00 VAP - Allocation

12:00-13:00 Introduction to Molecules in Medical Science (MiMS)

14:00-16:00 Introduction to Pre-clinical Extra Mural Studies (EMS) and a *compulsory* Health and Safety session


Friday 7th October 2022

09:00-10:00 VAP - Evolution and Domestication

10:00-12:00 VAP Practical - Fetal Pig

12:00- 13:00  Preparing for Lectures - Library introduction


Further Information

Travel and Transport

Map of the Department of Veterinary Medicine (“the Vet School”) is on the University’s West Cambridge Site on Madingley Road

University Map

Travel by Bus

Travel by Bike


Contacting the Faculty Office

You can email us at if you have any questions.