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Vets providing services in the EU

EU Directive 2005/36/EC

The EU Directive 2005/36/EC is in place to allow a European Union rights entitled veterinary surgeon who is lawfully established and registered in another EU member state to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis in another member state.

This service enables registered veterinary surgeons to occasionally cross borders to practise for short periods.

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and there is currently a transition period in which existing rules remain the same. This is expected to last until 31 December 2020. At present there is no certainty as to what will happen after such a transition period.

Please note that if you request a ‘provision of services’ certificate it will have an end date of 31 December 2020.

For more information refer to the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

Please note that registering under the EU Directive 2005/36/EC is subject to certain conditions, as outlined below.


Provision of Services in EU member states (outside the UK)

If you are registered as a UK-practising member with the RCVS and you are a European Union rights entitled person who wants to provide services in EU member states (outside the UK), you will need to ask the RCVS to provide you with a Provision of Services Certificate confirming your current status and good standing.

To request a Provision of Services Certificate, please visit the 'My Account' area. You will need to know your login details. Please note there is a fee for the issue of each separate Provision of Services Certificate you require.

Please submit your request and payment 14 working days before the date you wish to register with the relevant Authority.

You will be issued with a copy of your Provision of Services Certificate together with confirmation that it has been sent within ten working days of the RCVS receiving your request and payment.

For more information about Provision of Services, please contact a member of the Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or by emailing

If you are a visiting EU veterinary surgeon, please read our guidance on Provision of Services in the UK