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Please note that every effort has been to ensure that the course costs given below for courses within the Veterinary Medicine Tripos were accurate at the time of publication.

The University reserves the right to review and revise the costs without prior notification, and you are advised that their publication here serves only as an indicator of course costs for current and future years. The publication of this information does not form part of any contractual arrangement of costs associated with studying at the University.

The University prospectus gives helpful advice for all students about the costs of studying in Cambridge.

In addition to the standard living costs, students of Medicine or Veterinary Medicine should expect to have to meet the following costs:


Estimated additional course costs, 2023-24

Veterinary Medicine (Pre-clinical)

Years 1 and 2

  • Two Lab coats, overalls, waterproof trousers, wellington boots (with toe protector) – Estimated cost £50
  • Dissection kit, gloves, safety glasses, loan of locker key, loan of dog skeleton – £40
  • University approved calculator (optional) – Estimated cost £14
  • Prospective applicants should be aware that lecture material is provided on an online platform and they should therefore have a suitable device, for example a laptop – Cost will depend on the type of device you choose to purchase.

Year 3

  • Costs dependent on the subject taken during Year.

Pre-clinical extramural studies (EMS)

  • All students are required by the RVCS to complete 12 weeks during the vacations (at Cambridge,this is years 1-3). Costs vary depending on placements chosen – students should approach their College for travel grant support.
  • The Department of Veterinary Medicine covers the cost of British Veterinary Association insurance cover for pre-clinical EMS placements at £39 per year.


Student Device Specification (updated 07.03.2024):

The following specifications are issued to help you choose a suitable device, costs of new devices will depend on choice, but existing devices, if less than four years old, are likely to be fine. If students are in financial difficulties, they can reach out to their college.

The Faculty of Biology has issued minimum specification guidelines for laptops that relates to the materials it provides:

  • Windows: 10 and 11 on 64-bit platforms
  • MacOS: OS Big Sur version 11 and higher 
  • 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

Note: Our digital examinations not run on Google Chromebooks, virtual machines, machines running Linux, tablets, or mobile phones. Depending on the security settings implemented by the institution for each test, candidates may be required to have Admin rights to their device.


Veterinary Medicine (Clinical)

Years 4, 5 and 6

  • Essential items, including basic stethoscope, digital thermometers and forceps (full details listed on Department website) – Estimated cost £12
  • Yard boots (steel toe-capped leather boots) – Estimated cost £30-40
  • Many students choose to buy a higher quality stethoscope in later years, plus a fob watch for use in theatre (optional).
  • White theatre shoes (for Year 6) – Estimated cost £22.68
  • Protective clothing for theatre (for Year 6) – Estimated cost £6.18

Clinical extramural studies (EMS)

  • All students are required by the RVCS to complete 26 weeks during the vacations (of years 4-6 at Cambridge). Costs vary depending on placements chosen. The Department of Veterinary Medicine provides a daily subsistence rate and travel allowance to assist with costs.
  • The Department covers the cost of British Veterinary Association insurance cover for clinical EMS placements at £42 per year.