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

Eligibility

If you wish to register under the EU Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications and you have a recognised EU veterinary qualification you must also be a national of, or a European Union Rights Entitled Person (formerly known as Community Rights Entitled Person) from an EU member state (including Switzerland). This requirement is set out in Annex 5.4 of the EU Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications.


If you are neither an EU national, nor do you have European Union rights entitlement, you will be required to take the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership, even if you have a recognised EU veterinary qualification. The RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership takes place once a year; please visit the page to see the relevant dates.

English language

Please note: veterinary surgeons wishing to practise in the UK must be able to communicate effectively with clients, including in written and spoken English. Where there are significant doubts about an applicant's language ability, s/he will be given the opportunity to provide additional evidence of their English language ability and the option of passing IELTS level 7 (or an equivalent English language qualification at the same level or higher).

Veterinary surgeons applying to register are asked to contact the RCVS as soon as possible, in any case at least 8 weeks before starting work in the UK, to allow enough time to complete the registration process.

Recognised qualifications

  • Diploma, s katero se podeljuje strokovni naslov “doktor veterinarske medicine / doktorica veterinarske medicine” (DrVetMed)
    (Diploma awarding the professional title of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
    from Univerza v Ljubljani (University of Ljubljana)

    Accompanying qualification
    (applies only to those who qualified between 1991 - 2004)
  • Sprièevalo o opravljenem državnem izpitu s podroèja veterinarstva (Certificate of having passed the state examination in the field of veterinary medicine)

Which documents do I need?

 

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

 

Identification

A copy 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 copy of your valid EU identity card

If you are not an EU national, you may be considered for RCVS registration on the grounds of being a Community Rights Entitled Person.

Evidence that you are a Community Rights Entitled Person
To bring yourself within the EU legislation, you would have to show that you are a Community Rights Entitled Person by way of being a migrant family member of a national of an EU Member State.

This means showing that you are married to, or in a civil partnership with an EU National who is migrating to the UK from an EU Member State and that you are migrating with them from that same EU Member State. You would thus bring yourself into the EU Directive on recognition of qualifications and may then be eligible for automatic recognition of your EU veterinary qualification.

For this option you are required to submit:

    • A copy of the identifying page and front cover of your valid passport
    • A copy of the identifying page and front cover of your spouse’s / civil partner’s valid passport
    • A marriage or civil partnership certificate

When your application is being reviewed by the RCVS, you will be asked to provide additional evidence, depending on your circumstances.

 

Qualification

Depending on the date that you gained your qualification you will need to supply between four and eight documents, as detailed below;

1. An A4 copy of your primary veterinary qualification in its original language
2. A certified English translation* of your primary veterinary qualification
3. A copy of your State Examination Certificate
4. A certified English translation* of your State Examination Certificate, where necessary

 

If your qualification was awarded, or your training commenced between 25 June 1991 and 1 May 2004, in addition to documents 1, 2, 3 and 4, you also need to submit ONE of the following options:

  

OPTION 1

5. A copy of your Certificate of Compliance
This certificate must be from the competent Slovenian authority certifying that your veterinary qualification is in compliance with the minimum training requirements. (Please see Article 38 of Directive 2005/36/EC for more information).

AND

6. A certified English translation* of your Certificate of Compliance

 

OPTION 2

5. A copy of your Certificate of Acquired Rights
This certificate must be from the competent authority certifying that you have effectively and lawfully been engaged in the activities in question for at least three consecutive years during the five years prior to the date of issue of the certificate.

AND

6. A certified English translation* of your Certificate of Acquired Rights

 

If your qualification was awarded, or your training commenced before 25 June 1991 in the former Yugoslavia, in addition to documents 1, 2, 3 and 4, you also need to submit ALL of the following:

 

5. A copy of your Certificate of Acquired Rights
This certificate must be from the competent authority certifying that you have effectively and lawfully been engaged in the activities in question for at least three consecutive years during the five years prior to the date of issue of the certificate.

AND

6. A certified English translation* of your Certificate of Acquired Rights

AND

7. An attestation issued by the competent Slovenian authority

This must state that your qualification has the same legal validity in Slovenia as Slovenian qualifications in veterinary medicine as regards access to the veterinary profession and its practice.

AND

8. A certified English translation* of the above attestation

 

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 three 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 three 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 three months after the date of issue and must be valid on the day of the registration appointment.

You will need to bring the original hard copy to your appointment, printing out a letter of good standing which has been sent by email does not make it an original.

If you are a new graduate, your letter of good standing will only be valid for three 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.

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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.