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

Am I eligible?

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.

Is my qualification accepted?

  • Eidgenössisch diplomierter tierarzt / titulaire du diplôme fédéral de vétérinaire / titolare di diploma

    federale di veterinario from the Universities of Bern and Zurich

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

 

Qualification

1. An A4 copy of your primary veterinary qualification in its original language

2. A certified English translation* of your primary veterinary qualification, where necessary

 

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.

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.