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Synoptic assessment

Candidates taking a designated certificate will need to take a synoptic assessment. This will most likely take the form of an oral examination, where you may be asked to discuss a number of case-based scenarios and/or take a practical examination.

Further information can be found in the Synoptic Assessment Guidelines. You may apply for the synoptic exam by downloading the application form (see 'Related Documents' box).


Upcoming synoptic assessments

Applications must be made more than one month before the exam. Examinations will not be held if there are no confirmed candidates three months before the exam.

 

 Please contact certavp@rcvs.org.uk if you have any queries regarding your exam.

 

Where you can take your synoptic exam

University of Edinburgh

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Sheep)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Cardiology)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Zoological Medicine)

 

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool ask that candidates have completed at least 50% of their modules with them but may make exceptions in some circumstances.

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Basic Equine Practice)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Emergency & Critical Care)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Dentistry)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Medicine – Internal)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Practice)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Stud Medicine)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Surgery – Orthopaedics)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Surgery – Soft Tissue)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Medicine)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Practice)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Surgery)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Anaesthesia)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Dermatology)

• Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging)

 
Middlesex University

Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary General Practice)

 
RCVS

For any designation not listed above please apply to the RCVS to sit your synoptic exam.

 

How to apply

Please contact the appropriate university directly. You can find the details on the 'Accredited university contact details' page, in the left hand menu.

To apply for a synoptic exam at the RCVS, please complete and return the form (see 'Related documents' box).

This will mark the start of your synoptic application. The RCVS will aim to offer at least one synoptic assessment series per year, depending on demand. The RCVS may need to put candidates on a waiting list for assessment, to ensure that there are sufficient candidates presenting for a subject during any one series. There must be at least three candidates in each subject session. In the event of an assessment series being cancelled due to low candidate numbers, the RCVS would aim to assess any waiting candidates at the next series, but not keep any candidate waiting for longer than one year. 

 

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