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Diplomas

Enrolment for the RCVS Diplomas is no longer available.


Prospective candidates are advised to enrol onto the equivalent European Diploma.

A Diploma holder is someone who has achieved a high standard of academic and professional expertise in their chosen subject, and is therefore entitled to place the appropriate letters after their name to indicate this achievement.

A list of RCVS Diploma holders across all subjects is included in the back of the RCVS Register of Members and RCVS Directory of Veterinary Practices, and can also be downloaded from the Related Documents area.

Diploma holders who are available for referrals may apply for inclusion on the List of RCVS Recognised Specialists.

 

Diploma subjects

For existing candidates, information packs for each Diploma can be found below:

 

Please select your RCVS Diploma subject:

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

Cattle Health and Production

Equine Internal Medicine

Equine Stud Medicine

Equine Orthopaedics

Equine Soft Tissue Surgery

Fish Health and Production

Laboratory Animal Science

Pig Medicine

Poultry Medicine and Production

Sheep Health and Production

Small Animal Medicine

Small Animal Medicine (Feline)

Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics or Soft Tissue)

State Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Anaesthesia

Veterinary Cardiology

Veterinary Dermatology

Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Veterinary Ophthalmology

Veterinary Pathology

Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene)

Veterinary Radiology

Veterinary Reproduction

Zoological Medicine

 

Diploma in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law (DWEL)

Candidates wishing to sit the Diploma must provide evidence of advanced standards of appropriate training and experience in application of the principles of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law to the practice of good husbandry and veterinary medicine. In order to achieve the Diploma, candidates must demonstrate a broad range of experience in the identification, diagnosis and control of animal welfare problems, a profound knowledge of the fundamental principles of welfare science and ethics, and demonstrate competence in matters of animal welfare law and, above all, the degree of understanding necessary to bring these elements together in the service of those animals committed to veterinary care.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 223 Kb) for the Diploma in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.

  • Application Forms-:

    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and submit your proposed training programme with CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law. (PDF 86Kb)

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Diploma in Cattle Health and Production (DCHP)

The Diploma in Cattle Health and Production is designed so that knowledge, skill and understanding in the subject area to the level of an expert can be acquired through exposure to a wide range of literature and a wide variety of cases.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 112 Kb) for the Diploma in Cattle Health and Production.

  • Application Forms-:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Cattle Health and Production. (PDF 237Kb)

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Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine (DEIM)

The Diploma should be attainable by those who have gained the related Certificate and who have spent at least 4 years involved in the study of the subject and in the diagnosis and treatment of related cases, either working in practice or in institutions. Candidates must demonstrate levels of experience, technical expertise, academic knowledge and communicative skills appropriate to the Diploma level.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 150Kb) for the Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine

  • Application Forms-:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and submit a certified list of techniques and procedures with CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine.

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Diploma in Equine Stud Medicine (DESM)

The Diploma in Equine Stud Medicine should be attainable by those who have gained the related Certificate and who have spent at least 4 years involved in the study of the subject and in the diagnosis and treatment of related cases, either working in practice or in institutions. Candidates must demonstrate levels of experience, technical expertise, academic knowledge and communicative skills appropriate to the Diploma level.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 133Kb) for the Diploma in Equine Stud Medicine.

  • Application Forms-:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and submit a certified list of techniques and procedures with CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Equine Stud Medicine.

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Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics (DEO)

The Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics should be attainable by those who have gained the related Certificate and who have spent at least 4 years involved in the study of the subject and in the diagnosis and treatment of related cases, either working in practice or in institutions. Candidates must demonstrate levels of experience, technical expertise, academic knowledge and communicative skills appropriate to the Diploma level.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 106 Kb) for the Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics.

  • Application Forms:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and submit a certified list of techniques and procedures with CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics.

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Diploma in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery (DESTS)

This Diploma should be attainable by those who have gained the related Certificate and who have spent at least 4 years involved in the study of the subject and in the diagnosis and treatment of related cases, either working in practice or in institutions. Candidates must demonstrate levels of experience, technical expertise, academic knowledge and communicative skills appropriate to the Diploma level.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 122 Kb) for the Diploma in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery.

  • Application Forms:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and submit a certified list of techniques and procedures with CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery.

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Diploma in Fish Health and Production (DFHP)

This Diploma has now been phased out.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF Format) for the Diploma in Fish Health and Production.

  • There are no past papers available for the Diploma in Fish Health and Production.

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Diploma in Laboratory Animal Science (DLAS)

While the same subject material will be examined in the Diploma examination as for the Certificate, candidates will be expected to show greater depth of understanding and breadth of knowledge. Of particular importance will be the ability to marshal facts in support of informed opinions and the ability to give a critical assessment of 'received wisdom'. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the practical skills of animal handling and routine ageing and sexing of animals. The Diploma requires great personal commitment, extensive reading and practical experience and should be within the grasp of anyone who practises laboratory animal medicine full time at a senior level.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 103 Kb) for the Diploma in Laboratory Animal Science.

  • Application Forms:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Laboratory Animal Science. (PDF 77Kb)

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Diploma in Pig Medicine (DPM)

Diploma candidates would be expected to have substantial involvement in the field of pig medicine, i.e. at least 30 hours per week dealing with and advising on pig problems, visits to pig units for this purpose, diagnostic work, epidemiological investigations, research into pig diseases and problems, literature reviews, preparation of reports, papers and articles, and time spent in related activities. It is important that candidates have a broad involvement in and knowledge of the pig industry .

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 195 kb) for the Diploma in Pig Medicine.

  • Application Forms:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Pig Medicine.

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Diploma in Poultry Medicine and Production (DPMP)

The breadth and depth of factual knowledge required for this examination is much greater than for the Certificate. Diploma candidates will be expected to be able to deal with the bird, the flock and the poultry industry as a whole. They must be conversant with epidemiology, flock diagnosis, population monitoring and problem solving, as well as current problems on a national and international basis (and the scientific, practical and political considerations that relate to them).

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 177Kb) for the Diploma in Poultry Medicine and Production.

  • Application Forms:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Poultry Medicine and Production. (PDF 10Kb)

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Diploma in Sheep Health and Production (DSHP)

The Diploma is designed so that knowledge, skill and understanding of sheep health and production to the level of an expert can be acquired through exposure to a wide range of literature and a wide variety of cases.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 163Kb) for the Diploma in Sheep Health and Production.

  • Application Forms:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Sheep Health and Production. (PDF 62Kb)

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Diploma in Small Animal Medicine (DSAM)

This Diploma has now been phased out.

 

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Diploma in Small Animal Medicine (Feline) - DSAM(Feline)

This Diploma has now been phased out.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 158Kb) for the Diploma in Small Animal Medicine (Feline).

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Small Animal Medicine (Feline).

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Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics or Soft Tissue) - DSAS

The Diploma is designed so that knowledge, skill and understanding in small animal surgery to the level of an expert can be acquired through exposure to a wide variety of cases.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 166 Kb) for the Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics or Soft Tissue).

  • Application Forms:

    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics or Soft Tissue).

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Diploma in State Veterinary Medicine (DSVM)

This Diploma has now been phased out.

 

 

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Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia (DVA)

This Diploma has now been phased out.

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Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology (DVC)

This Diploma should be attainable to those who have gained the related Certificate. Candidates would need to devote their whole time to the study and practice of veterinary cardiology, in order to meet the requirements of the Byelaws and Schedules, and to gain the substantial experience required.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 83 Kb) for the Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology.

  • Application Forms:


    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology. (PDF 110Kb)

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Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology (DVD)

This Diploma has now been phased out.

 

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Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (formerly Veterinary Radiology) - DVDI

This Diploma has now been phased out.

 

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Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology (DVOphthal)

This Diploma should be attainable by those who have gained the related Certificate. Candidates would need to devote not less than 75% of their time to the study and practice of veterinary ophthalmology to meet the requirements of the schedules and byelaws. Additionally, periods of time of not less than 2 weeks in duration, making a total of 200 days, should be spent working and being primarily occupied in the study and practice of veterinary ophthalmology.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 167Kb) for the Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

  • Application Forms:

    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology. (PDF 142Kb)

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Veterinary Pathology

The RCVS does not itself offer a Diploma 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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Diploma in Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene) - DVPH(MH)

Candidates will have a knowledge of all aspects of the meat industry at a standard that would be expected of an experienced Official Veterinary Surgeon (OVS) who has already obtained the Certificate of Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene or Food Hygiene). The syllabus should, therefore, be read in conjunction with that for the Certificate in Veterinary Public Health (Food Hygiene / State Veterinary Medicine) since the requirements of that syllabus are pertinent. The Diploma syllabus applies equally to red meat animals, poultry species and wild game.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF Format) for the Diploma in Veterinary Public Health.

  • Application Forms:

    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene).

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Diploma in Veterinary Reproduction (DVRep)

This Diploma has now been phased out.

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Veterinary Reproduction. (PDF 98Kb)

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Diploma in Zoological Medicine (DZooMed)

Diploma holders in this subject should be in a position to give leadership in the field of Zoological Medicine. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate that they have sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge to meet the demands of their professional role in their chosen field - Avian, Mammalian or Reptilian.

 

  • View the subject specific information (PDF 161 Kb) for the Diploma in Zoological Medicine.

  • Application Forms:

    • Final Approval of Experience - You need to complete Form E2 (subject specific information) and CPD records.

    • Examination Entry - You will need to complete Form E3 (sent to all eligible candidates with final approval of experience every January)

  • View past papers for the Diploma in Zoological Medicine. (PDF 183Kb)

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