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Restricted (Temporary) Registration

Restricted registration, previously known as temporary registration, under section 7 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 may be granted to:

  • veterinary students who have passed the final examinations for a recognised UK veterinary degree, or
  • veterinary surgeons who hold non-EU qualifications in veterinary surgery.

This registration may be restricted in relation to:

    1. the period during which the registrant is allowed to practise veterinary surgery,
    2. the place or places where the registrant practises, and
    3. the circumstances in which the registrant practises.

A restricted (temporary) registrant does not become a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and cannot use the postnominal the letters MRCVS.

This type of registration is granted at the discretion of the College and it is mainly used for the following purposes:

a.  starting work before the degree is conferred

where someone who has passed the examinations for a recognised UK degree wishes to start work before the degree is conferred. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the UK Graduands Form;

b.  undertaking postgraduate study in the UK

where a person with an overseas veterinary qualification which is not recognised for full registration wishes to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the Postgraduate Study Form;

c.  accompanying particular animals, for which they provide veterinary care

where people with overseas veterinary qualifications propose to accompany particular animals, for which they provide veterinary care in their own country, during a visit to the UK in order to look after them, for example horses taking part in sporting events. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the Accompanying Animals Form;

d.  employing people with overseas veterinary qualifications

where UK organisations have particular reasons for employing people with overseas veterinary qualifications, for example, veterinary laboratories wishing to employ particular people who have specialised skills. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the Employed Form;

e.  invitation to perform a specific procedure or operation

where a UK veterinary surgeon wishes to invite a person with an overseas veterinary qualification who has particular skills to perform a specific procedure or operation. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the Employed Form.

 


In all of these cases, a fully registered veterinary surgeon will be required to ensure that the restricted (temporary) registrant only practises veterinary surgery to the extent outlined in the application for registration.

Registrants must observe the Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons and are subject to the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Committee of the College. In some cases, registrants must also undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The fee for registration as a restricted (temporary) registrant is £299, unless registration is granted subject to the restriction that the registrant may only practise for six months or less: in that case the fee is £150. If the registrant remains on the Register for more than twelve months, a renewal fee of £299 is payable on the anniversary of the date of registration and each year thereafter.

For more information about restricted registrations, please contact a member of the Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or registration@rcvs.org.uk.

To apply for restricted (temporary) registration please complete and submit the relevant application form, see the 'Related documents' box. 

 

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