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If you gained your qualification from Australia, please ensure you read all of the information below, before you apply.

Am I eligible?

If you wish to register under the Commonwealth Registration provisions, you must have obtained an RCVS Council recognised qualification, which is shown to meet the minimum EU training requirements for practice only within the United Kingdom.

Unrecognised qualifications

If you have a qualification which is not recognised by the RCVS Council, you will be required to take the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership which takes place once a year; please visit the page to see the relevant dates.

Visa / immigration / work permit requirements

Membership of the RCVS licenses you to practise veterinary surgery in the UK. If you have a qualification that meets the requirements above, you can apply regardless of your nationality.

However, it does not exempt you from UK entry visa or immigration requirements where applicable. Applicants are advised to ascertain these before attempting entry into the UK. Information and assistance can be obtained from the British Embassy or Consulates in Australia or UK Visas and Immigration.

Applicants seeking long-term employment in the UK may need a work permit, which can only be obtained by an employer.

Don't leave it too late!

The registration application process usually 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 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 3 working days.

Is my qualification accepted?

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) from the Universities of:

  • James Cook
  • Melbourne
  • Queensland
  • Sydney

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) from the University of:

  • Murdoch

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Universities of:

  • Adelaide
  • Melbourne
  • Murdoch
  • Sydney

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVBiol BVSc) from the University of:

  • Charles Sturt (New South Wales)

National Veterinary Examination (NVE) June 2000 onwards


Which documents do I need?

All applicants must provide documents relating to identification, qualifications and a letter of good standing, as outlined below.


1. A copy of the identifying page and front cover of your valid passport

2. A recent passport photo

On the reverse of the photo write 1) your name in full   2) your date of birth   3) your signature. Both sides of the photo can be photocopied and sent electronically with your other documents.



An A4 copy of your primary veterinary degree diploma


Letter of good standing

You will also need to submit a letter of good standing. Its content and author will vary depending on which of the below categories you fall into:

a. Applicants registering within 3 months of the date of their graduation:

A letter of good standing from the Dean / Principal / Rector of your veterinary school / college.

This should be a formal letter on university headed paper, issued after the date you graduated, and should be sent directly to the RCVS by the University, as evidence of your good standing.

The letter should confirm:

    • the exact date of graduation [DD/MM/YYYY]
    • that you were a student of good standing, including where relevant details of any cautions or criminal convictions, as well as absolute and conditional discharges and spent convictions, or any adverse findings, including disciplinary proceedings against you

b. Applicants registering more than 3 months after the date of their graduation and who are registered with a registration / licensing authority:

A letter or certificate of good standing from your current registration / licensing authority.

This should be sent directly to the RCVS by the registration / licensing authority and state that:

    • you are registered to practise as a veterinary surgeon by that authority
    • you are of good professional standing and good character, and there is no charge of unprofessional conduct or a criminal offence outstanding against you, including where relevant details of any cautions or criminal convictions, as well as absolute and conditional discharges and spent convictions, or any adverse findings, including professional disciplinary proceedings against you
    • you hold a veterinary degree

    In the unlikely event that your letter or certificate of good standing is given directly to you by your current registration / licensing authority, please ensure the original letter is brought with you to your appointment.

c. Applicants who are not registered with a registration / licensing authority:

If you are not currently registered with an authority, please submit your application and the RCVS will contact you with further instructions upon receipt of your application.

Please note that letters of good standing are only valid for 3 months after the date of issue and must be valid on the day of the registration appointment.

If you are a new graduate, your letter of good standing will only be valid for 3 months after the date of graduation.

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How do I apply?

Please ensure you have read all the information above and that you have your required documents ready before you apply.

For information on applying, please visit the How to apply page.

View a list of available appointment dates.