Registering with the RCVS

You will not be allowed to work in a practice in the UK unless you are registered with the RCVS.  It takes a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks for all applications to be processed.

Qualifications that are currently recognised are:

1. UK – Graduates from:

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Liverpool
  • Royal Veterinary College London

2. European Union – Graduates from (Please go the the RCVS website for a list of current Universities)

3. Australia – Graduates from:

  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Charls Sturt, New South Wales
  • University of Murdoch

4. New Zealand – Graduates from:

  • Massey University

5. South Africa – Graduates from:

  • Pretoria University (only graduates with a BVSc)

6. USA & Canada – Graduates from:

  • Institutions that have been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) at the time of graduation (Pls note that Canadians who graduated before 1 March 2001 need to apply using the Commonwealth Registration, unless you graduated from University of Montreal Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

If your qualification is not recognised, in order to register, you will need to pass the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership.

Useful Tips when applying:

  • You must have excellent English Language Skills
  • Make sure all your documentation is translated
  • Bring all the originals of any documentation you send
  • Have referees that speak English
  • Be on time for your appointment at the RCVS in London



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