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Welcome Veterinary Students (2023-24)!


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 (updated: 17.08.2023)

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

  • Windows: 7, 8.1, 10 and 11 on 64-bit platforms (Note: Support for Windows 7 and 8.1 are discontinued from IEP version 1.14.20)

  • macOS: OS X 10.15 and higher (Note: Minimum requirement is macOS 11 and higher from IEP 1.14.21)

  • OpenGL 2.0 graphics driver

  • CPUs newer than 2011 (Intel Sandy Bridge or newer)

  • Minimum SSE 4.2 in AMD processors and CPU

  • A broadband internet connection (0.15Mbps upload speed)

  • A working internet connection during installation so that the configuration file can be downloaded

  • 75 MB of free storage space per hour

  • Web camera and microphone (internal or external) 

Note: Our Exam Portal, Inspera, 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 13th October 2023.


Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October 2023

Molecules in Medical Science (MiMS) Lab-coat session

These occur at various times over the two days.

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



Wednesday 4th October 2023

14:00-15:00 General Vet Induction, Biffen Lecture Theatre, Dept of Genetics, Downing Site (Map to the Biffen LT)

MedST/VetST Induction Programme

15:30-16:00 General Induction for Medics and Vets, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site (Map to the Babbage LT)

MedST/VetST Induction Programme


Thursday 5th October 2023

14:00-16:00 Academic Induction for Medics and Vets, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site (Map to the Babbage LT)

MedST/VetST Induction Programme



Further Information


Black Advisory Hub: First Year Induction Programme 2023

The Black Advisory Hub is excited to host this year's First Year Induction programme! This programme was designed in response to student consultation with the BAH student teams and the Access & Participation Plan Participatory Action Research student researchers, who noted that incoming Black students would value an opportunity to network and be informed about Cambridge resources and support services before they arrive at the University. As a result, this induction programme is open to all incoming Black-identifying students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, domestic or international.


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.