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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 select the region or 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 please view temporary registration.

Please note you may require a visa to work in the UK.  You should seek advice from the Home Office.

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

Please select the region or country from where you received your veterinary degree:

If the country or region where you received your veterinary degree does not appear on the list above, then you will need to sit and pass the Statutory Membership Examination in order to be accepted onto the Register.

Don't leave it too late!
The registration application process takes 20 days once we have received your application and all supporting documents in the correct format. However, in busy periods, it can take up to 6 weeks.

To avoid any delay to when you can start work, we recommend that you apply to register, and send all required documentation, by email as soon as possible.  You will receive further information during the processing of your application regarding a video registration appointment date.

 

Why register?

Only those registered with us may practise veterinary surgery in the UK.

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

Read more about the RCVS Register.