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Q&A: Veterinary Medicine

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Dr Fran Henson

I am Fran Henson, Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine. I am a Specialist Equine veterinary surgeon and have an active research group investigating and developing new treatments for arthritis.

What's special about Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge?

Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge is unique for several reasons. Perhaps the most important is the small size of the year group (approximately 70 students) compared to other universities. This means that each student gets individual attention throughout their 6 years and the chance to build strong relationships with other students and staff. The opportunity to spend a year concentrating on one aspect of science that interests the individual student (‘Part II’) is also very special, allowing students to work with world-leading scientists to undertake research in a wide range of subject areas.

How does 鶹 support its Veterinary Medicine students?

鶹 is extremely supportive to its veterinary students. We genuinely value all of our students as individuals – their happiness and success are extremely important to us. We have a highly experienced group of supervisors who are well placed to guide our students through the examinations and we have a large cohort of students (up to 6 per year) which means we have a thriving student Veterinary Society that enjoys, amongst other things, an annual dinner. We also have a number of travel grants and awards that can be used to fund overseas travel to undertake veterinary placements.

What do you enjoy most about working at 鶹?

I arrived at 鶹’ College as a Fresher many years ago and have never left! It is a modern, forward–looking community that celebrates its students, not just as undergraduates but throughout their working life. I am very proud to be part of the College.