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Certificates pre-2012

NB Enrolment for the RCVS Certificate examinations is no longer available, and the last examinations have taken place.

Enrolments are now being accepted on the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.


The Certificate was the first level of postgraduate qualification awarded by RCVS, and indicates that the holder is a competent clinician who has proved their experience and expertise by examination in their chosen subject.

A list of RCVS Certificate holders across all subjects is included in the back of the RCVS Registers, and can also be downloaded in the 'Related documents' box - top right. Certificate holders are entitled to place the appropriate letters after their name to indicate their achievement.

The RCVS Certificates were available in the subjects listed below. Beneath the table you can access historical information for each subject such as syllabi, reading lists, etc.

Please select RCVS Certificate subject:
Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Anaesthesia
Cattle Health and Production Veterinary Cardiology
Equine Practice Veterinary Dermatology
Equine Medicine Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
Equine Surgery Veterinary Ophthalmology
Laboratory Animal Science Veterinary Pathology
Pig Medicine Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene)
Poultry Medicine and Production Veterinary Public Health (Food Hygiene)
Sheep Health and Production Veterinary Radiology
Small Animal Surgery Veterinary Reproduction
Small Animal Medicine Zoological Medicine
State Veterinary Medicine  

 

Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 118Kb) for the Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.

  • View past papers (PDF 199 Kb) for the Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.

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Certificate in Cattle Health and Production

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Certificate in Equine Practice

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Certificate in Equine Medicine

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Certificate in Equine Surgery

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Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science

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Certificate in Pig Medicine

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Certificate in Poultry Medicine and Production

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Certificate in Sheep Health and Production

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Certificate in Small Animal Medicine

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Certificate in Small Animal Surgery

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Certificate in State Veterinary Medicine

At the May 2003 meeting of the Specialisation and Further Education Committee members discussed the new certificates in Veterinary Public Health (Food Hygiene/ State Veterinary Medicine). Members noted that there was still some doubt as to whether the proposed new State Veterinary Medicine syllabus met the needs of government service employees, and therefore agreed that the new syllabus should not be launched in 2003 as originally intended. Work will continue to ensure that the needs of government vets are taken into account in planning the new modular certificate framework.

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Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia

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Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology

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Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology

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Certificate in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (formerly Veterinary Radiology)

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Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology

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Veterinary Pathology

The RCVS does not offer a Certificate in Veterinary Pathology. Those who wish to pursue further qualifications in this area should contact the Royal College of Pathologists, 2 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AF; Tel: 020 7451 6700; Fax: 020 7451 6701; Email info@rcpath.org or refer to the RCPath website.

Veterinary Pathologists are entitled to apply for RCVS Recognised Specialist status. Veterinary surgeons who achieve Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists are also identified in a separate listing in the RCVS Register of Members.

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Certificate in Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene)

As of November 2003 the Certificate in Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene) became the Certificate in Veterinary Public Health (Food Hygiene).

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Certificate in Veterinary Public Health (Food Hygiene)

  • View the past papers (PDF 120Kb) for the Certificate in Veterinary Public Health (Food Hygiene)

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Certificate in Veterinary Reproduction

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Certificate in Zoological Medicine

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