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1st Year: VetST Part IA

Histology: Microscopic structure of cells and tissues, with emphasis on the correlation between structure and function.

Homeostasis: Physiological systems which underpin the body's regulation if its internal environment and its responses to external threats.

Foundations of Evidence Based Practice: Introduction to epidemiology and statistic in medical sciences.

Molecules in Medical Sciences: Principles of biochemistry and medical genetics.

Principles of Animal Management: Introduction to animal husbandry and nutrition. The nature of the veterinary vocation and practical animal training.

Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology: Layout and function of body structures


2nd Year: VetST Part IB

Biology of Disease: All aspects of disease, including knowledge of the causes and effects of disease, and the organisms response to disease.

Mechanisms of Drug Action: Basic mechanisms of drug action at the levels of both drug-receptor interactions and the effects on body systems.

Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour: Structure and function of the sense organs and central nervous system and their role in determining animal behaviour.

Veterinary Reproductive Biology: Structure and function of the reproductive system.

Comparative Vertebrate Biology: Biology of non-mammalian vertebrates and "exotic" mammalian species.

Preparing for the Veterinary Profession:  Introduction to aspects of the veterinary profession, professional ethics, communication skills, and the role of the veterinary surgeon in protecting human health.

3rd Year: Part II

Year 3 is a year of specialist study into one of a wide range of subjects on offer at the University of Cambridge. It is a unique opportunity to explore interests outside the typical medicine curriculum. Options vary from more science-related subjects such as Pathology, Zoology or History and Philosophy of Science, to less science-related disciplines such as Philosophy or Management Studies. At the end of this year, you receive a BA degree.

4th - 6th Years: Clinical Veterinary Medicine



Dr Matthew Mason, one of our lecturers, recipient of the Pilkington Prize