Applications - Veterinary surgeons

Whether you've 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.

In order to register please contact the RCVS as soon as possible, or no less than 8 weeks before starting work in the UK, to allow enough time to complete the registration process.

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

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


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

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.