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 our English language competence requirements before applying to sit our examination.

If English is not your first, native language you will have to sit an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English test and get an overall band score of at least 7.0 and also a score of at least 7.0 in each of the four parts (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) of the same test.  

IELTS test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of your test.  We don’t accept scores from other English tests.  You must send your test report form (TRF) to the RCVS for verification.

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

 If English is your first, native language you may apply for exemption from sitting an IELTS test.  For details about how to apply look at the document in the Related Documents box below or send an email request to

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.


2018 Examination

The closing date for entry to the 2018 examination is 14 February 2018.

The written examinations will be held on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 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 27 and 29 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

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 0702 or 0705

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