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Register of Veterinary Practice Premises

Annual registration of veterinary practice premises

From 1 April 2009, veterinary practice premises have had to be registered in order for veterinary surgeons to supply medicines from them.

The purpose of the Register is to enable the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to fulfil its obligations under European law to maintain and improve traceability of, and accountability for, veterinary medicines. Registered premises are inspected by the VMD.

We hold the Register of Veterinary Practice Premises on behalf of the VMD.

There is an annual fee for the registration of veterinary practice premises. Please see our fees page.

The registration of veterinary practice premises is due on 1 April each year. An invoice is issued for payment shortly before the due date to those practice premises which are on the Register. 

The annual fee for premises accredited under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) includes the annual registration fee for veterinary practice premises. Premises in the Practice Standards Scheme have inspections undertaken by RCVS inspectors, not by the VMD.


Registering a new veterinary practice premises

To register a new premises, please complete the Register of Veterinary Practice Premises Form (see the 'Related documents' box). Payment should be submitted by cheque, along with a completed application form, to the address at the bottom of this page. Cheques should be made payable to the 'Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons'.

Please note the registration fee covers the registration of the premises until the next renewal date (1 April) each year.

Information regarding the types of premises which require registration may be viewed on our Frequently Asked Questions page.


How to complete the form

In order to register your premises, please complete all relevant sections of the form.

If you have more than one premises linked to your practice group, you can choose to have future annual invoices and data checks sent to a single billing address. If you do not indicate where you wish the invoice to be sent, it will be sent to each individual premises address.

If your premises is a veterinary practice premises open to the public you will be sent an additional form to complete, which will ensure your practice details are listed in full on our online search tool Find a Vet, a leading facility for finding a veterinary practice in the UK, which is used by the public and professional alike.


Moving to a new veterinary practice premises

If you move premises, or open a new premises, a new application form must be submitted for those premises and a registration fee, per premises, must also be paid.


Closing a veterinary practice premises

To close a veterinary practice premises, please complete the Register of Veterinary Practice Premises Removal Form, found in the 'Related documents' box. The form should be submitted to the address below.

Registration Department
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Belgravia House
62-64 Horseferry Road

F: 0207 222 2004


View the supporting guidance to the Code of Professional Conduct: Veterinary medicines (Chapter 4)  

For any queries, please contact the Registration Department on 0207 202 0707 or


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