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Introduction to Veterinary Science Ages 13-15

Cambridge Summer School 2020 Also available in Oxford

Oxford Royale also offers a Veterinary Science Programme for ages 16-18

Brand new for 2020, ORA is delighted to be offering our Introduction to Veterinary Science course to students aged 13-15. This two-week course will give students an introduction to the subject of Veterinary Science, and offers a combination of theoretical academic study and practical vet skills workshops, based in the stunning surroundings of the University of Cambridge.

2 weeks | Available July-August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Learn practical and academic skills in veterinary science
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2020
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Vet Course Summary

The Introduction to Veterinary Science course is aimed at students with an interest in Veterinary Science, who may be considering the future possibility of studying a veterinary course at university. The programme will offer a practical insight into studying Veterinary Science, and will offer support to students thinking of taking steps towards a career as a vet.

The course will feature a blend of theoretical study of veterinary science and animal anatomy, along with practical workshops, which allow you to build a base level of relevant veterinary science knowledge. These enjoyable but informative workshops introduce you to the kind of tasks you might learn as a future veterinary student, as well as giving you a flavour of the jobs you might one day do if you pursue a career in veterinary medicine. You will also spend some time considering issues of ethics and animal welfare in veterinary practice.

This course is available to students aged 13-15; older students may be interested in our new Veterinary Science Programme for ages 16-18.

Why choose the Introduction to Veterinary Science course?

Many animal enthusiasts dream of a career in Veterinary Medicine, but this career path requires more than just a love of pets. Veterinary medicine is a rewarding but challenging profession, and university courses in this area are competitive and require dedication and hard work for both admission and completion. Our Introduction to Veterinary Science course gives budding Veterinarians the chance to experience many aspects of studying this subject, and offers a hands-on experience of some of the skills needed for veterinary training, which will both help them to decide whether this career path might be right for them.

Is this course for me?

If you have an interest in Veterinary Science, and are considering the subject as a possibility for future study, this is the course for you. Students on the Introduction to Veterinary Science course will spend two weeks developing knowledge and skills in this area, and will get a introduction to what life might be like in the veterinary profession.

Course Outcomes

Topics covered

During the course, students will cover the following topics:

  • Handling of animals
  • Animal examination
  • Animal welfare
  • Ethical issues
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Communication skills
  • A day in the life of a vet student
  • Subject pathways to a veterinary career

What will you get out of the Veterinary Science Programme?

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • gained an insight into this popular field by being introduced to key veterinary concepts and skills;
  • an understanding of the requirements of veterinary courses at UK universities;
  • developed their critical reasoning and thinking skills through real-world case studies;
  • an insight into daily life in the veterinary profession;
  • a basic understanding of issues around animal rights, welfare, and ethics surrounding clinical practice.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extracurricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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