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 up to four weeks before the due date to those practice premises which are on the Register.
Any fees not received by 1 April each year, may result in the premises being removed from the Register of Veterinary Practice Premises and the supply of any medicines will need to cease immediately.
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). You will also need to pay a registration fee.
Payment can be made by cheque, made payable to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, or via bank transfer. If you would like to pay by bank transfer please make the Registration Department aware when you submit your application form and we will provide you with a reference number in order that you can then pay.
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 Register of Veterinary Practice Premises Form and submit it to us using one of the methods listed at the bottom of this page.
If you are part of a practice group then future invoices for the annual registration fee will be sent to the Head Office of your practice group.
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. Please complete the Register of Veterinary Practice Premises Form, found in the 'Related documents' box. The form should be submitted to us using one of the methods listed at the bottom of this page.
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.
For any queries, please contact the Registration Department on 0207 202 0707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
62-64 Horseferry Road
F: 0207 202 0740