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.

To find out if we recognise your qualification, look at our map and click on the country where your qualification was awarded. 

The first step in the examination process is to inform the RCVS of your intention to sit. 

For more information, please read the RCVS requirements for 'intention to sit' and 'seeing practice' forms.


RCVS English language competence requirements

You must meet the RCVS English language competence requirements before you apply for the examination. You can send your test result to the RCVS for verification at any time.

Before applying to sit the statutory membership examination, all examination applicants must meet the RCVS requirement for proof of English language competence by providing evidence of an overall band score of at least 7.0 in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English test and a score of at least 7.0 in each of the four parts (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) of the test.

For more information about IELTS and where you can sit the test, please visit the British Council website or the IELTS website.


Preparing for the examination

It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for the examination. Please read our advice in the current examination guidance notes and view current examination information for all examination documentation.


2017 Examination

The closing date for entry to the 2017 examination is 14 February 2017.

The written examinations will be held on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May at Central Hall Westminster, in central London.

The clinical, oral and practical exams will be held at the University of Nottingham Veterinary School between 28 and 30 June.


Please select from the list below to view examination information 

Past papers

Examiners' Reports

Pass Lists (2006 onwards)


Please select from the list below to view examination summary information

Timing and venues

Applications for entry

Registration and working in the UK

Good professional standing


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 7202 0705 or 0791

Address  Statutory Examination for Membership, RCVS, 62-64 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF