No, you can do any combination of C-modules, although certain combinations are required for designated certificates.


We are allowing vets to carry over 25 hours of CPD and VNs 10 hours of accumulated CPD from 2019 to 2020. This will apply once, in 2020, only. It is only applicable to vets and VNs who have been CPD-compliant from 2017 to 2019.


In some circumstances you may be able to claim equivalence for previously achieved qualifications. Please complete and return the CertAVP Equivalence Form available to download in the 'Related documents' box at the bottom of the page. 


Yes. If you have an immediate learning need then reflection on a case in practice, particularly if this is undertaken with colleagues or peers, can be useful and would be applicable to record as CPD. 


Yes, but your college will need to send us a signed VN Student Change of Details form (see 'Related documents' box) along with a covering letter explaining when you are taking a break. You will no longer be classed as an active student, so when you return to training, your college will need to inform the RCVS when you return to training so that your student status can be re-activated. Your enrolment period will remain the same.


Yes, your employer can still pay your fee. To view the alternative ways your employer can pay please visit the How to pay page.

Please ensure your employer gives your registration number as the reference so we know to allocate the fee to your record.


We will not ask for reflective records from veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses as part of our concerns, investigation or disciplinary processes.

However, we do not control the actions of the courts and recorded reflections, such as in ePortfolios or for CPD purposes, are not subject to legal privilege. Therefore disclosure of these documents might be requested by a court if it is concerned that they are relevant to the matters to be determined in litigation. The likelihood of records needing to be produced in court may be reduced if reflective records focus on reactions to, and learning from, an incident. 


RCVS requirements for CPD are 105 hours over a rolling three-year period with an average of 35 hours per year. We view undertaking and completing the PDP as a graduate’s first year of CPD and it is therefore equivalent to 35 hours of CPD activity. 


You can contact the Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or registration@rcvs.org.uk.

For queries relating to other departments, please view the relevant contact details.


All vets and VNs are now being asked to complete their annual renewal online. However, a paper version of the annual renewal form can be posted to you, on request.

To request a paper copy, please contact the Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or registration@rcvs.org.uk. Please note if you contact us from an email address we don’t recognise you will be asked to answer a series of security questions so we can verify your identity.

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