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Royal Charter and legislation

The RCVS is constituted by Royal Charter, carries out functions under an Act of Parliament and makes rules, regulations and bye-laws.

In this section you can find information on the Royal Charter and the legislation under which we operate.

Royal Charters and Bye-Laws

View the Royal Charters of 1844, 1967 and 2015, the College bye-laws, and rules made under Charter powers.

Government Legislation

View the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and other government legislation which affects the College.

Regulations, rules and the election scheme

View regulations, rules and the election scheme made by the College under powers in the Veterinary Surgeons Act.