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Can I sit further synoptic examinations?

Candidates must take at least three further B or C modules (30 credits), in addition to the 60 credits already achieved, before they will be eligible for a second synoptic examination. You must have the correct modular combination to sit a synoptic exam but may have gained additional modules outside those necessary for a particular designation. If you wish to complete a third designation, you will need to complete a further three B or C modules in addition to the 90 credits already achieved.

Candidates may only take one synoptic exam per year from any assessment provider.

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  • You need to obtain 60 credits to obtain a CertAVP qualification. This will be made up of the A-Foundations of Advanced Veterinary Practice module (10 credits), at least one B-module (10 credits) and either four C-modules or a combination of B and C modules to a total of 40 credits.

  • A designated certificate is a specific modular route leading to a named qualification - for example CertAVP (Equine Stud Medicine) or CertAVP (Small Animal Practice). To obtain a designated certificate, you will need to choose your modules carefully from a limited list. Most designated certificates will also require a separate final assessment (synoptic assessment) once all the modules have been passed.

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

  • Just let us know. You can change your mind about which modules to do at any time, but you should let the RCVS know, so we can keep track of your achievements. Call the Education Department on 020 7202 0778 or email [email protected].

  • No, universities and other CPD providers will offer courses covering the module content, but all modules will be available via an assessment-only route for candidates who wish to study in their own time.

  • Please refer to the document: 'BSAVA/RCVS position statement' in the 'Related documents' box, at the bottom of this page.

  • If you are taking a synoptic exam your provider will notify the RCVS when you have passed and you will automatically be sent a designated certificate and confirmation of your post nominals.

    If you do not wish to take a synoptic exam within the next 6 months and have passed 6 appropriate modules, you will be emailed a form to complete once we have confirmation of your final module pass, for us to verify your records and issue you with a CertAVP certificate and confirm that you may use your CertAVP post nominal.

  • You can contact the Education Department at the RCVS on 020 7202 0791 or email [email protected].

  • Candidates who fail the synoptic assessment will be given one opportunity to retake the assessment.  After two attempts candidates may be asked to undertake further training and/or advised to retake modules at the examiner’s discretion. A third attempt at the synoptic examination may be allowed at the discretion of the RCVS CertAVP sub-committee.

    Candidates may only take one synoptic exam per year from any assessment provider.

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