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Vets providing services in the EU

EU Directive 2005/36/EC

As of 1 January 2021 the UK will no longer be part of the EU and therefore the EU Directive 2005/36/EC, which is in place to allow community-rights-entitled veterinary surgeons who are lawfully established and registered in an EU member state to provide temporary and occasional services in another member state, will no longer apply within in the UK.


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

As of 1 January 2021 UK-practising members registered with the RCVS, that are a European Union rights entitled person, will no longer be able to request a Provision of Services Certificate from the RCVS in order to practise in EU member states (outside the UK). Anyone wishing to practice in the EU will need to contact the relevant country directly and apply for full registration.

If you wish to request a ‘provision of services’ certificate between now and 31 December, or you have a certificate which is due to run out, then please contact the Registration Department or 020 7202 0707 or