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Statutory Membership Exam

If your qualification is not recognised by the RCVS you must sit and pass the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership in order to register.

If you are unsure whether we recognise your qualification, select from the list the region or country where your qualification was awarded.

Statutory Membership Guidance: please note that the guidance document was updated in November 2021. You can download the latest version from the 'Related documents' section, at the end of this page.

Declaring your intention to sit the examination

The first step in the examination process is to inform the RCVS of your intention to sit. To do this, you will need to submit a completed 'Declaration of Intention to Sit Form', along with all the required supporting evidence.

The declaration form can be downloaded from the 'Related documents' section at the end of this page. You can also download the 'Statutory Membership Examination Guidance' document which contains detailed information on all aspects of the examination, including what supporting evidence you will need to provide when declaring your intention to sit.

Declarations expire in September in the year you intend to sit the examination. The deadline for declaring your intention to sit the exam is 31 December to allow time to process your declaration. 

If you have previously declared your intention to sit the examination and would like to renew your declaration, please read the information on renewing your intention to sit the examination.

Applying to sit in an examination diet

If you have submitted a completed declaration of intention to sit, you will be eligible to apply to sit in the next examination diet.

We will provide you with information, as well as the relevant application forms, once your declaration has been confirmed by the Education Department.

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). The required scores for these tests are shown in the table below:

Provider Average Score Component Scores
IELTS 7.0 or higher

6.5 or higher in one component
7.0 or higher in all other components

OET Grade B or higher C+ or higher in one component
B or higher in all other components

Candidates whose bachelor veterinary degree was taught and assessed entirely in English may be exempt from English language testing if appropriate evidence can be presented.

Important dates

The application window for the 2022 diet is now closed. The application window for the 2023 diet will open on 1 October 2022 and will close on 14 January 2023.

The written component will be held across 5 consecutive days at the start of March 2023, with the exact dates to be confirmed. This component will be delivered remotely, meaning that you may attempt it using your own computer, from a suitable location of your choosing.

The OSCE will be held at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, with the date to be confirmed.

Pass lists

View pass lists from 2006 onwards.

Contact us

If you have a query about the Statutory Examination for Membership, please contact us stating where you qualified (university name and country) and the year in which you qualified.


T:  +44 (0)20 7050 1247

Address:  Statutory Examination for Membership, The Cursitor, 38 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1EN

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