Welcome to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


We quality assure undergraduate veterinary education and, under our Charter, offer postgraduate qualifications for both vets and veterinary nurses.

We also stipulate the amount of continuing professional development (CPD) that must be carried out.

Find out about our veterinary school visitations, postgraduate qualifications and CPD requirements, including the Professional Development Phase.


Veterinary graduate   VN with stethoscope
I want to be a vet   I want to be a veterinary nurse
Learn more about the veterinary profession, career opportunities and how to apply to veterinary school   Find out what veterinary nursing entails and the different training routes available
Viewing a radiograph   VN wearing surgical mask
Continuing professional development for vets   Continuing professional development for VNs
Information about what can count as CPD, how to record it and access to the Professional Development Record (PDR)   Information about what can count as CPD, how to record it and access to the Professional Development Record (PDR)
Veterinary textbooks   Veterinary nurse diplomate holding feline patient
Veterinary postgraduate education   Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing
Details of our modular certificates, diplomas and fellowships   Details of our advanced professional qualification for veterinary nurses
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