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Veterinary surgeons from EAEVE-approved or accredited schools may apply to register with the RCVS, providing the school was approved or accredited at the time that you gained your qualification.

To check whether your qualification is accepted by the RCVS, please refer to the list of countries below, noting the date of EAEVE approval/accreditation.

Please note: you must also be able to demonstrate that you can communicate in English at an appropriate level. This can be demonstrated by taking either the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or the veterinary version of the Occupational English Test (OET). Please refer below under ‘How do I register with the RCVS? – Which documents do I need to apply?’ for more information on this, as well as other documents you will need to supply in order to register with us. 

If you have previously failed all or part of the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership, you will unfortunately be required to sit the full examination again, even if you currently meet the above requirements. The RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership takes place once a year; please visit the page to see the relevant dates.

Updated on 16 July 2021

Austria

School Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Vienna
  • Diplom-Tierarzt
  • Magister medicinae veterinariae
7 October 2000 - November 2026

Belgium

School Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Ghent Diploma van dierenarts 6 November 2004 - April 2023
Liège Diplôme de docteur en médecine vétérinaire 3 February 2010 - December 2019

Bulgaria

School Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Stara Zagora Diploma of Higher Education for Educational Qualification level of Masters, specialising in Veterinary Medicine with Professional Qualification in Veterinary Surgery 19 November 2015 - December 2019

Croatia

School Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Zagreb
  • Diplomirani veterinary / Diplomirana veterinarka 
  • Doktor veterinarske medicine / Doktorica veterinarske medicine

1 November 2003 - 30 October 2013

20 May 2015 - June 2023

Czech Republic

School Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Brno Veterinary Diplom o ukonèení studia ve studijním programu veterinární lékaøství (doktor veterinární medicíny, MVDr) 7 October 2000 - October 2023
Brno Hygiene Diplom o ukonèení studia ve studijním programu veterinární hygiena a ekologie (doktor veterinární medicíny, MVDr) 8 March 2002  - October 2023

Denmark

School Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Copenhagen Bevis for bestaet kandidatsamen i veterinaervidenskab from Kongelige Veterinaer- og Landbohojskole 30 November 2010 - September 2021

Estonia

School  Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Tartu Diplom: täitnud veterinaarmeditsiini õppekava

2 February 2010 - November 2025

Finland

School Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Helsinki Eläinlääketieteen lisensiaatin tutkinto/veterinarmedicine licentiatexamen from Helsingin yliopisto 23 November 2009 - December 2026

France

School Qualification Approval/Accreditation date
Alfort Diplôme d’Etat de docteur vétérinaire

22 April 2008 - 19 November 2015

28 November 2017 - April 2025

Lyon

8 November 2002 - September 2025

Nantes

28 August 1999 - 2 July 2004

17 April 2007 - 10 December 2014

17 May 2017 - October 2024

Toulouse

10 December 2014 - June 2020

Germany

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Berlin Zeugnis über das Ergebnis des Dritten Abschnitts der Tierärzlitchen Prüfung und das Gesamtergebnis der Tierärztlichen Prüfung

22 April 2008 - 18 May 2018

November 2018 - November 2024

Giessen 8 March 2004 - April 2022
Hannover 2 July 2008 - January 2025
Leipzig 25 November 2008 - October 2025
Munich 14 March 2003 - October 2022

Greece

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Thessalonki Πτυχιο Κτηνιατρικης (Ptikio Ktiniatrikis) 

11 July 2002 - 30 November 2011

20 May 2014 - September 2021

Hungary

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Budapest Állatorvos doktor diploma (DrMedVet) (Diploma of Veterinary Surgery)

25 November 1996 - 6 November 2004

7 April 2007 - February 2024

Ireland

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Dublin Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (MVB) NB All Dublin graduates are eligible due to our MRA with the VCI.

Italy

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Bari Diploma di laurea in medicina veterinaria

7 March 2004 - 20 May 2014

11 May 2016 - January 2024

Bologna 28 August 1999 - May 2024
Camerino 30 November 2011 - November 2021
Messina 20 May 2015 - March 2023
Milan 30 January 2013 - March 2026
Naples 30 October 2013 - April 2023
Padua 22 June 2010 - December 2020
December 2020 - October 2027
Parma 14 May 2012 - May 2022
Perugia

2 July 2008 - July 2018
June 2019 - June 2020
June 2020 - March 2026

Pisa 14 May 2012 - May 2022
Sassari 30 October 2013 - May 2023
Teramo 1 December 2010 - September 2021
Turin 12 April 2011 - September 2021

Latvia

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Jelgava Veterinârârsta diploms December 2019 - November 2026

Lithuania

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Kaunas Vitnemal for fullfort grad Candidata / candidatus medicinae veterinariae May 2019 - October 2022

Netherlands

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Utrecht Het getuigschrift van met goed gevolg afgelegd diergeneeskundig / veeartsenijkundig examen 28 August 1999 -  September 2024

Norway

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Oslo Vitnemal for fullfort grad Candidata / candidatus medicinae veterinariae 6 November 2004 - March 2024

Poland

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Lublin Akademia Rolnicza 11 May 2016 - May 2021
Olsztyn Uniwersytet Warmiñsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie' May 2012 - May 2022
Warsaw Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego 

June 1999 - June 2009
November 2014 - May 2022

Wroclaw Akademia Rolnicza 

15 March 2003 - 21 April 2009

11 May 2016 - November 2025

Portugal

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Lisbon Tech Carta de curso de licenciatura em medicina veterinaria
or
Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Veterinaria

7 October 2000 - 8 April 2005

28 November 2007 - October 2024

Vila Real (UTAD - Alto Douro)  

23 November 2016 - November 2022

Romania

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Bucharest (USAMVB) Diploma of Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine 

8 March 2002 - 14 May 2012

3 November 2016 - June 2021

Cluj-Napoca

28 November 2007 - 20 May 2015

17 May 2017 - November 2024

Timisoara 10 December 2014 - June 2020

Slovakia

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Kosice Vysokoškolský diplom o udelení akademického titulu “doktor veterinárskej medicíny (MVDr.) (Diploma of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)

9 March 2002 - 4 July 2006

23 November 2016 - October 2025

Slovenia

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Ljubljana Diploma, s katero se podeljuje strokovni naslov “doktor veterinarske medicine / doktorica veterinarske medicine” (DrVetMed)

7 October 2000 - 24 November 2009

12 April 2011 - September 2021

Spain

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Barcelona Titulo de Licenciado en Veterinaria
or
Graduado de Licenciado en Veterinaria

7 October 2000 - 3 November 2005

28 November 2007 - November 2017

June 2020 - November 2025

Caceres (Extremadura) 14 May 2012 - May 2022
Cordoba 22 June 2010 - March 2027
Leon 17 May 2017 - December 2024
Lugo (Santiago) 9 March 2002 - September 2025
Madrid Complutense 11 March 2000 - March 2024
Murcia

9 November 2002 - 18 April 2007

28 November 2007 - November 2024

Valencia (UCH CEU) 28 November 2017 - November 2026
Zaragoza 23 June 2010 - June 2020
November 2020 - 2027

Sweden

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Uppsala Veterinarexamen

29 November 2007 - 28 November 2017

12 October 2018 - September 2024

Switzerland

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Zurich/Bern - VetSuisse Eidgenössisch diplomierter tierarzt / titulaire du diplôme fédéral de vétérinaire / titolare di diploma federale di veterinario 7 October 2000 - October 2024

 

Swiss nationals who started their qualification before the 1 January 2021 can apply for recognition in the UK under the EU rules in force before the end of the Transition Period, up until the 1 January 2024.

Swiss temporary and occasional service providers who signed and initiated a contract before 1 January 2021 can continue to provide the services specified in that contract until 1 January 2025 in accordance with the EU rules in force before the end of the Transition Period.

Turkey

School Qualification
Approval/Accreditation date
Ankara Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Medicine

17 April 2007 - 2 November 2025

Aydin 11 May 2016 - October 2021
Istanbul 12 October 2015 - October 2025
Konya 30 October 2013 - December 2019
Uludag (Bursa)   23 June 2010 - June 2020

 

How do I register with the RCVS?

If you gained your qualification from one of the above EAEVE-approved schools, please read the information below to learn about the application process.

Which documents do I need to apply?

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

Identification

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

In exceptional circumstances where you do not have a valid passport we may be able to accept:

A certified photocopy of your valid EU identity card

Qualification

1. An A4 certified photocopy of your primary veterinary qualification in its original language

2. A certified English translation* of your primary veterinary qualification, where necessary

Along with the 2 documents above, applicants from the countries below will need to supply the following additional documents:

Belgium (Ghent and Liège)
  • A certified photocopy of your Annexe/Supplement attached to your Diploma
Italy
  • A certified photocopy of your Diploma di abilitazione all’exercizio della medicina veterinaria (l'esame di stato) (Diploma of qualification to practice veterinary medicine (State Examination Certificate))
  • A certified English translation* of your State Examination Certificate, where necessary
Slovakia
  • A certified photocopy of your State Examination Certificate
  • A certified English translation* of your State Examination Certificate, where necessary
Slovenia
  • A certified photocopy of your Sprièevalo o opravljenem državnem izpitu s podroèja veterinarstva (Certificate of having passed the state examination in the field of veterinary medicine)
  • A certified English translation* of your State Examination Certificate, where necessary

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that you can communicate in English at an appropriate level.

This can be demonstrated by taking either the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or the veterinary version of the Occupational English Test (OET).

Please see our language guidance for more information about these requirements. Please note this guide is for individuals applying for full registration only.

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.

If the letter is not being sent directly to the RCVS from the University then you will need to get it certified.

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

If the letter is not being sent directly to the RCVS from the registration authority then you will need to get it certified.

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.

If your letter of good standing is not in English you will be required to provide a certified English translation* with it.

* A certified translation is one that has been stamped / signed / sealed by a qualified or official translator, or by a translation company, certifying its accuracy.

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.

 

I'm not sure if I am eligible to register

If the university where you received your veterinary degree does not appear on the list above, or your school was not EAEVE-approved at the time you gained your qualification, then you will have to sit and pass the Statutory Membership Examination in order to be accepted onto the RCVS Register.

If you have previously failed all or part of the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership, you will unfortunately be required to sit the full examination again, even if you currently meet the above requirements. The RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership takes place once a year; please visit the page to see the relevant dates.

To find out more, contact the Registration Department on registration@rcvs.org.uk or 020 7202 0707.

 

Don't leave it too late!

The registration application process usually takes 25 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.