What is a 'designated certificate'?

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.

If you wish to take more than one designated certificate you must take the appropriate combination of modules for this next designation, although you do not have to repeat modules. If your original 60 credits already cover the combination of modules you must take at least one further module before taking the next synoptic exam.

Related FAQs

  • You will need to enrol with the RCVS and also with the module provider. To enrol with the RCVS please download the enrolment form from the 'Related documents' box.  

    Candidates will have the option to enrol for individual or multiple modules, or for the full certificate.

  • Enrolling with the RCVS means that we will keep a record of your credits, wherever you achieve them. It also enables us to keep in touch with you and let you know about any new developments, modules or courses. Please note that you cannot earn credits towards an RCVS qualification unless you are enrolled with us.

  • The maximum enrolment period is up to 10 years, subject to payment of an annual renewal fee. This time limit begins from the date that you passed your first module. You may take your synoptic exam outside this time limit.

    Modules taken at the beginning of the programme may have to be re-assessed if the 10 year time limit is exceeded. 

    If you wish to take more than one designation you do not need to repeat applicable modules already achieved unless they fall outside the 10 year time limit.

  • To enrol with the RCVS, you will pay an initial fee, which is renewable each year (if paid by Direct Debit). Please check our Fees page for the most up to date fees. Enrolment fees at universities will vary - please contact the university offering your module(s) for advice.

  • 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.