Temporary Registration

The Temporary Registration Guidelines have recently been reviewed and we will be following a new version of the guidelines from 1 January 2019. To view the updated version please see the 'Related documents' box below.

It is important to note that any previous responsibilities and restrictions remain unchanged. Temporary Registrants must observe the Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons and are subject to the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Committee of the College. Registrants may also be asked to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and cannot use the post nominal MRCVS.

To qualify for temporary registration, under section 7 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 a person must either:

  • be entitled to be awarded a recognised UK degree; or
  • a veterinary surgeon not eligible for Full Registration under the Veterinary Surgeons Act (VSA S.2 – 6).

 

What does Temporary Registration mean? How is it different from Full Registration? 

The RCVS may specify the period, the place or places, and the circumstances in which the practice of veterinary surgery may be made in each specific case. Temporary Registration does not allow the practice of veterinary surgery other than subject to such restrictions as are imposed. Where a Temporary Registrant fails to comply with any restrictions they are subject to, their name may be removed from the Register.

Circumstances - Temporary Registrants are supervised by a named MRCVS or FRCVS (the “Supervising Veterinary Surgeon”), who must be a practising veterinary surgeon (with experience in the area in which the Temporary Registrant will be practising). The Supervising Veterinary Surgeon is responsible for ensuring that the Temporary Registrant does not contravene the terms and restrictions of Temporary Registration. As such, it is expected that the Supervising Veterinary Surgeon will be based at the same location as the Temporary Registrant, or will be able to demonstrate the arrangements put in place to ensure that supervision can be carried out effectively.

Period - The period granted for any Temporary Registration will be stated and will depend upon the particular circumstances of each application (and could vary from a number of days / weeks to a number of years). The maximum period granted to one individual for Temporary Registration status would, however, not ordinarily be expected to exceed 5 years on the Register (whether granted by one application for 5 years or a number of shorter applications altogether totalling 5 years). During such a 5-year period, the expectation is that the Temporary Registrant would undertake the RCVS Statutory Membership Examination and by that route gain eligibility for Full Registration.


Place - The address(es) where a Temporary Registrant will be employed and carry out their duties will require to be stated, and will form part of the restrictions of Temporary Registration status.

Temporary registration is granted at the discretion of the College and may be appropriate in a number of situations. The following sets out some of the common situations (but is not an exhaustive list and applications will be considered on a case by case basis):

a.  UK Graduands that are starting work before the degree is conferred

Where an individual has been declared successful in the examination for a recognised veterinary degree but wishes to start work in the few weeks before the degree is conferred. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the UK Graduands Form;

b.  Postgraduate study

To undertake post-graduate study in the UK; e.g. Masters; PhD; Residency programme. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the Postgraduate Study Form;

c.  To accompany animals during a visit to the UK

To accompany animals during a visit to the UK e.g. horses taking part in a sporting event. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the Accompanying Animals Form;

d.  Employment

Where there is a particular reason for employing an individual e.g. to provide specialised skills; where vacancies for such roles cannot be filled. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the Employed Form;

e.  To carry out specific procedures

To attend the UK to perform / teach a specific procedure or operation. To apply for this type of restricted registration, applicants need to complete the Employed Form. The fee for registration as a restricted (temporary) registrant is £340, unless registration is granted subject to the restriction that the registrant may only practise for 6 months or less: in that case the fee is £170. If the registrant remains on the Register for more than 12 months, a renewal fee of £340 is payable on the anniversary of the date of registration and each year thereafter.

For more information about restricted registrations, please contact a member of the Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or registration@rcvs.org.uk.

To apply for restricted (temporary) registration please complete and submit the relevant application form, see the 'Related documents' box.