Interviewing in: Veterinary Medicine

Background on subject

Veterinary Medicine has significant overlap with a variety of courses including Medicine, Natural Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Chemistry.

The course develops the many skills - scientific, practical, clinical, financial and social - needed to succeed as a veterinary surgeon.

This course is offered at Cambridge University. Students who apply have to have done A-Level Chemistry, and at least one of Biology, Physics and Maths. They also have to sit the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment.

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Can I interview in this subject?

You do not have to have studied Veterinary Medicine at university to give a robust and rigorous practice interview in this subject. 

Volunteers from the following subjects, or similar, will also be able to deliver Veterinary Medicine interviews:

Interview types

There are two different types of practice interviews in Veterinary Medicine, which you may be asked to deliver. 

  1. Interview on 'application material' - asking the students' questions about their personal statement, or an essay they will submit as part of their application

  2. Interview on 'unseen material' - asking the students' questions on an article, study, or research paper they have not seen before, testing how they handle new material

SAMPLE Resources

Below you can access a folder of resources for conducting Veterinary Medicine interviews:

  1. Interview on application material - you can see a sample personal statement, highlighted with examples of questions which could be asked

  2. Interview on unseen material - you can see examples of articles which have previously been given to students, along with questions

These resources are intended for inspiration - to give you an idea of the level, length and themes of the material we use in our practice interviews. However, should you wish to use this material in the practice interviews you deliver, just let us know so we can make sure returning students haven't seen it before!

Meet one of our VOLUNTEER INTERVIEWERS: Bishani

Bishani is in her 5th year studying Veterinary Medicine at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

"I chose to study veterinary science as it's the perfect balance of my love for animals and science. The course is challenging, very diverse and allows me to become a vet.

In their interviews, I look for students to back up what they've written in their personal statements, and to show a keenness and dedication for science and for veterinary medicine in particular. Work experience is very important for this subject, so I make sure to ask the students about the relevant volunteering they've completed."