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Check our Registers

Get information about the veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses on our registers.

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About the RCVS registers

Vet uses stethoscope to listen to rat's chestWe keep the Register of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses eligible to practise in the UK.

Registration is granted based on a vet or vet nurse’s:

  • educational qualifications, and
  • continued ethical and professional good standing.

Find out more about our Register of Veterinary Surgeons

Find out more about our Register of Veterinary Nurses

Check our registers on Find a Vet

You can check our registers on our Find a Vet website:

Registration categories

There are a number of different registration categories for veterinary surgeons. For more information on these, please see our registration categories page.

Requirements to practise

As a regulator, we have to publish certain information about requirements to practise in the UK. This is an obligation under the Professional Qualifications Act 2022.

For a detailed explanation of why we publish this information, please visit


In order to graduate as a veterinary surgeon or nurse in the UK you must hold one of the following qualification types:

  • Veterinary surgeons - Veterinary degree
  • Veterinary nurses - Higher Education (HE) qualification or Further Education (FE) qualification

Yearly registration stats

The following table has information on:

  • the number of veterinary surgeons and nurses admitted to the Register
  • the number refused, and
  • the reason.


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