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Welcome to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


The next round of Fellowship applications will be accepted from Monday 7 November 2016 until the closing date of 31 January 2017. Application forms will be able to be downloaded from the 'Related documents' box shortly.

The RCVS Fellowship is awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession.

There are three meritorious contributions routes to Fellowship:

  • Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge (MCK)
  • Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice (MCCP)
  • Meritorious Contributions to the Profession (MCP)


Objectives of the RCVS Fellowship

The main objective of the new Fellowship will be to advance veterinary standards by providing a resource of independent knowledge for the benefit of the veterinary profession.

The Fellowship as a collective body will be strategic and not reactive. It will not seek to be representative of the veterinary profession, nor would it normally respond to consultations directed to the RCVS. 


Criteria for achieving Fellowship

Fellowship applications will be judged on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Original innovative discovery or application of knowledge or development of the veterinary profession in a groundbreaking way
  • Sustained contribution to scholarship
  • Producing a body of creative work that will have been disseminated, for example,
    • in a body of publications,
    • in teaching materials,
    • in educational documents,
    • in political documents
  • Indisputable advancement of their subject
  • Providing leadership to the veterinary profession
  • Advancement of the public understanding of the veterinary profession

The specific requirements and criteria for each of the routes are detailed in the guidance notes for applicants, which can be downloaded from the 'Related documents' box. 


How to apply

Applications for Fellowship are generally considered once a year. There is no application fee. Applicants who are successful in achieving the Fellowship grade will be required to pay an annual fee of £80.

The Fellowship Board will meet each year to consider an overall list of those proposed by the Credentials Panel as meeting the required criteria, and check that comparable standards had been applied to the consideration process across three sub-panel areas.

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