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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 found in the 'Related documents' box on the right. Payment should be submitted by cheque, along with a completed application form, to the address below. Cheques should be made payable to the 'Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons'.

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

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.


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.


How to complete the form

On the application form there is a ‘Statutory Registration’ section, which must be fully completed for all premises requiring registration.

The section called ‘Additional Practice Information’ gathers information on a voluntary basis relating to entries in our online search tool Find a VetShould you wish to have your practice premises details included in Find a Vet, you should complete and return the relevant parts 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.

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 rvpp@rcvs.org.uk.


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