Applications - Veterinary surgeons

Whether you have qualified as a veterinary surgeon in the UK or overseas, this section provides information on how to register. Please use the map below to select the country where you received your veterinary degree, and then read the information displayed about what you need to do.

Whether you have qualified as a veterinary surgeon in the UK or overseas, this section provides information on how to register. Please select the country where you received your veterinary degree from the list below, and then read the information displayed about what you need to do.

Alternatively, if you think you qualify for temporary registration or you're a visiting vet from Europe, please view temporary registration or visiting EU veterinary surgeons.

NB You should start the registration process in plenty of time - see box below for details.


See a list of countries from the map who have RCVS-recognised qualifications
Australia Latvia 
Austria Lithuania
Belgium Netherlands
Bulgaria New Zealand
Canada Norway
Croatia Poland
Czech Republic Portugal
Denmark Romania
Estonia Slovakia 
Finland Slovenia
France South Africa
Germany Spain
Greece Sweden
Hungary Switzerland
Ireland United Kindgom
Italy USA
All other countries

 

Don't leave it too late!
The registration application process takes 15 days once we have received your application and all supporting documents in the correct format. However, in busy periods, it can take up to six weeks to wait for an available appointment.

To avoid any delay to when you can start work, we recommend that you apply to register and book your registration appointment as soon as possible.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within three working days.

Why register?

Only those registered with us may practise veterinary surgery in the UK. Applicants must have the requisite knowledge and skill to do so, and this must meet or exceed the minimum EU training requirements.

The entitlement to be registered as a member of the RCVS is determined by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.