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Veterinary Medicine


Number of students per year: 4 - 5 


Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent.


Essential subjects:

A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent in Chemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. 

Useful subjects: Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Most applicants are studying at least three science subjects at A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent. 


(Please note that IB applicants starting the new IB Mathematics syllabus are expected to take IB Higher Level 'Analysis and Approaches' if it's available at your school. If this isn't an option for you, please drop us an email at admissions@clare.cam.ac.uk and we'll be very happy to advise you.)

Veterinary Medicine at Clare 

Preclinical veterinary subjects are taught mainly alongside the medics, except for specific veterinary subjects like anatomy or veterinary physiology. 


The ratio of vets to medics at Clare reflects the ratio in the university as a whole, and we find it provides a good group size - there are enough vet students to retain a sense of their own identity but with the advantage of having close contact with the medics, which prevents a more parochial outlook.  


Students have close contact with Fellows as Clare has its own teaching Fellows in most biomedical subjects taken during the preclinical years, and also others with expertise more widely in the natural sciences. Historically, we have been very strong in these subjects:  David Attenborough, David Watson and Tim Hunt (Nobel Prize for Biochemistry) were all at Clare. 


Library facilities for vets are excellent. Geographically, we are positioned halfway between Downing Site (where most of the preclinical lectures and practicals are delivered through the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience- PDN) and the vet school (for the clinical years). 


Finally, we have three qualified vets on the Fellowship. One teaches anatomy and carries out neurophysiological research in PDN; the Director of Studies for both preclinical and veterinary clinical sciences are vets, working at the vet school - one is an active equine clinician, who also works on conservation and endangered species breeding programmes, the other specialises in pathophysiological research with active collaborations in the preclinical departments. 

Key People

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Professor John Gibson

Director of Studies in Veterinary Science (Pre-clinical)

My area of expertise is pathophysiology, notably how membrane transporters regulate ion and water homeostasis in cells in health and how they become perturbed in disease. 


I work mainly with red blood cells and also articular chondrocytes.  I teach vet students over all six years of the course.