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Welcome to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Graduates of Commonwealth countries

Are you eligible?

If you have a qualification from one of the following veterinary schools/colleges you will be eligible for registration in UK:


DVM Adelaide

BVBiol BVSc Charles Sturt

BVSc James Cook

BVSc Melbourne

DVM Melbourne

BVMS Murdoch

BVSc Queensland

BVSc Sydney

National Veterinary Examination (NVE) (June 2000 onwards)

Canada (prior to 1 March 2001)

DVM Guelph
DVM Prince Edward Island
DVM Saskatchewan

New Zealand

BVSc Massey
National Veterinary Examination (NVE) (June 2000 onwards)

South Africa

BVSc Pretoria


What’s involved in the registration process

  1. The application process takes 15 working days from the moment we receive your application form, all your required documents in the correct format and your payment. However, we recommend you submit your application, including all documents and payment,at least eight weeks before you intend to start working in the UK. (We receive a high volume of applications and cannot guarantee that you will get your preferred registration appointment date if you submit your application later than this.)

  2. You must submit all the documents listed below before your registration appointment. (We cannot process your application or confirm your appointment unless we have received all your documents.)

  3. We will email you within three working days of submitting your application, to confirm successful receipt.

  4. We will email you within 15 working days to confirm your registration appointment, or if we have a question about your application.


If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact the Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or


What you need to send to us

You will need to send us the following:

1.  Completed Registration form for Commonwealth Graduates.

2.  A photocopy of the identifying page and front cover of your valid passport. (For security purposes we electronically scree all identity documents and any issues are automatically reported to the Home Office and police);

3.  An A4 photocopy of your primary veterinary degree;    

4.  Payment in full of your initial registration fee;

5.  A letter or certificate of good standing

  • This must be supplied by your current registration/licensing authority and will need to state that you:-

a.  are registered to practise as a veterinary surgeon by that authority;
b.  are of good professional standing and good character, and there is no charge of unprofessional conduct or a criminal offence outstanding against you, including, where relevant, details of any cautions and/or criminal convictions (including absolute and conditional discharges and spent convictions), and/or any adverse findings (including professional disciplinary proceedings) against you;
c.  hold a veterinary degree;

  • The letter/certificate will need to be addressed and sent directly to the RCVS. The letter/certificate is only valid for three months from the date of issue and must cover the period you intend to register.

Please note - We will send you a confirmation email within 3 working days of receiving your application  to confirm it has been successfully received. If you are sending your documents by email, due to the large size of some attachments, please ensure you receive a confirmation email of receipt, as this guarantees your application has been successfully received. We recommend you send large attachments over several emails.

New graduates
If you are a new graduate and are registering within three months of the date of graduation, a formal letter issued by the Dean/Principal/Rector of your institution can be accepted as evidence of your good standing. The letter should confirm;

a.  the exact date of graduation [DD/MM/YYYY] and

b.  that you were a student in good standing, including, where relevant, details of any cautions and/or criminal convictions (including absolute and conditional discharges and spent convictions) or any adverse findings (including disciplinary proceedings) against you.


Your registration appointment

We will need to have received all your documentation and payment in full before we can confirm your registration appointment. 

Registration appointments take place at 11am on most Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year at the office of the RCVS offices in Westminster, London. Please note dates can become fully booked very early, so please provide two preferred registration dates.

You will need to bring;

  • the originals of all the documents you submitted (as listed above)
  • your original passport to the registration appointment.

We cannot accept certified copies of documents. Failure to supply the correct documents will result in you not being able to complete your registration and you will need to attend a second registration appointment.


Your registration fee

The registration fee covers your membership (registration/licensure) up to 31 March following the date of your registration and the amount will vary depending on this date.

Please allow seven working days for payment to clear. Payment will need to have cleared before we can confirm your registration appointment. 


How to pay

You can pay by:

  • Cheque - drawn on a UK bank made payable to the ‘Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ (please allow at least 14 days for clearance)
  • Credit payment – we accept Visa and MasterCard

For your own security we cannot accept card payments by email. Card payments can only be accepted by completing and returning the separate 'Card payment authorisation form' (This can be downloaded from the 'Related Documents' box).

  • Banker's draft – payable to the ‘Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ (please write your name on the back of your payment)
  • UK postal order – available from UK Post Offices, payable to the ‘Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ (please write your name on the back of your payment)
  • Bank transfer - You will be sent our bank details once your documentation has been processed.


Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Belgravia House
62-64 Horseferry Road
T 020 7202 0707
F 020 7202 0740

Visa / Immigration / Work Permit requirements

Membership of the RCVS licences you to practise veterinary surgery in the UK. It does not exempt the applicant from UK entry visa or immigration requirements and applicants are advised to ascertain these before attempting entry into the UK. Information and assistance can be obtained from the British Embassies or Consulates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and UK Visas and Immigration.

Applicants seeking long-term employment in the UK may need a work permit, which can only be obtained by an employer.

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