Advanced Practitioner status

New applications for Advanced Practitioner status are currently being accepted. Applications can be made via My Account. The 2019 application window will close at the end of October.

For those due to re-apply in 2019, applications will be accepted from August and close at the end of October. 

‘Advanced Practitioner’ is an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon’s particular knowledge and skills in a designated field of veterinary practice. 

The List of RCVS Advanced Practitioners provides a clear indication to the profession and the public of those veterinary surgeons who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in a particular area of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree.

Advanced Practitioners should demonstrate:

  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Advanced and current knowledge and understanding in their area of expertise
  • Advanced professional skills and commitment to the continuing improvement of personal and professional practice
  • Awareness of their own limitation in their designated areas, referring to specialist where appropriate
  • Involvement with their subject/species community

You can view the List of RCVS Advanced Practitioners by subject area on our Find a Vet website.


Advanced Practitioner criteria

Initial accreditation as an Advanced Practitioner is based on the following criteria:

  1. possession of an RCVS or other relevant postgraduate qualification;
  2. maintaining and providing acceptable documented CPD;
  3. being a current active practitioner within the selected field of designation.

For more information and to view the eligibility criteria, please download the Applicant Guidance Notes for the full details.



All applications can be made online through the My Account area.

In addition to holding one of the eligible postgraduate qualifications, to apply you will need:

  • A reference from a current practising member of RCVS who has been familiar with your work during the 5-year period prior to your application
  • CPD records from the previous 5 full years
  • Evidence of having completed professional skills (where this has not been explicitly included in your post graduate qualification) at the time of application
  • A completed clinical governance statement 

Once completed and submitted, application forms will be checked by staff at the RCVS offices, before being forwarded on to the relevant members of the panel of assessors.

Applications are considered by a panel of assessors consisting of Advanced Practitioners, as well as RCVS Certificate and Diploma holders, who cover and represent the breadth of veterinary disciplines and species areas.

More information on applying for Advanced Practitioner status can be viewed online.