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Registering as a veterinary surgeon – UK graduates

UK graduates registration - final year veterinary surgeon students looking to register with the RCVS in the current academic year.

As a graduate of a UK veterinary school, you will need to join the Register of Veterinary Surgeons in order to practise as a veterinary surgeon in the UK.

Please read the information below carefully before beginning your application to register with the RCVS.

Join the Register

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How to register as a Member of the RCVS

There are a few options for registering once your degree has been awarded:

Register as a UK-practising member with effect from the day your degree is conferred 

If you wish to be admitted to the Register with effect from the day on which your degree is conferred, you will need to apply by completing the online application form and paying the registration fee, by clicking on the 'Join the Register' link above.  The deadline and further details will be provided by your University nearer the time.

Please note, once the deadline has passed the online application form will remain open until 30 September.  After this date you will need to apply via the normal route for all UK qualified veterinary surgeons.  Please see the United Kingdom page for further information.

Delaying your registration with the RCVS

If you do not intend to practise as a veterinary surgeon in the UK you can delay your registration with the RCVS for as long as you need to. Should you need to register in the future you will need to apply via the normal route for all UK qualified veterinary surgeons. Please see the United Kingdom page for further information.

Register as a 'Practising outside of the UK' member

If you intend to practise as a veterinary surgeon overseas you are very welcome to join the Register as a 'Practising outside the UK' member.

The 'Practising outside the UK' membership is not a requirement and is for veterinary surgeons who are undertaking veterinary surgery or associated veterinary activities outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

Overseas practising members are not permitted to practise in the UK and their indemnity insurance may be invalid in the UK unless they change their membership category to UK Practising.

Please see our fees page for further information on the current fees applicable.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact the Registration Department on [email protected] or 0207 202 0707.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Registering as a vet – UK graduates

  • The registration fee for 2024 is £200 and will cover your registration with the RCVS until 31 March 2025.

    From 31 March 2025, you will need to renew your registration annually in order to remain on the Register of Veterinary Surgeons.

    Please note, payment receipts will be sent to the email address provided.

  • In order to apply you will need to upload a copy of the identifying pages of your valid passport or EU ID card.

    If you do not have a valid passport or EU ID card to hand, then please proceed with your application and we will contact you and ask you to provide alternative ID.

  • If you want to start practising (subject to certain conditions) ahead of the conferment of your degree and full registration with the RCVS, you can apply for temporary registration.

    To meet the criteria you must:

    • be a graduand from Cambridge or Glasgow
    • have passed your final exams
    • have completed all the requirements for a recognised UK veterinary degree. 

    Further information about this type of registration and how to apply can be found on the Temporary Registration page.

  • RCVS-registered veterinary surgeons can use the courtesy title ‘Dr' in conjunction with the descriptor ‘veterinary surgeon’ or 'MRCVS'.

    If you wish to use the title ‘Dr’ please select this title when you apply to register online.

  • You will receive a ‘Welcome’ email within 72 hours of joining the Register. If you do not receive this, please check your spam folder, and contact us if you cannot find it there.

    Please ensure you read the email thoroughly, as it will contain important information including:

  • If you have applied to register with the RCVS, and paid your fee, but do not pass your exams first time, we will hold your application open, and your fee, until you have taken your re-sits.


  • If you are a student at Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, Liverpool, or Nottingham, you will be presented with your certificate at your graduation ceremony.

    If you are a student at Edinburgh, Surrey or the RVC, your certificate will be sent to your correspondence address in mid-August.


  • Your degree will be conferred on (one of) the following date(s):

    • Bristol - 24 June 2024
    • Cambridge - 29 June 2024
    • Edinburgh - 14 May 2024 and 16 June 2024
    • Glasgow - 26 June 2024
    • Liverpool - 18 June 2024
    • Nottingham - 14 June 2024
    • Surrey - 26 June 2024
    • University of London (The RVC) - 13 June 2024

    If you have any questions about this, please contact your university.