RCVS UK registration European Veterinary Surgeons

RCVS UK registration European Veterinary Surgeons

To be eligible to work as a Veterinary Surgeon in the UK and follow the Europe registration path, you must be a European Union national, or European Union Rights Entitled Person (previously known as Community Rights Entitled Person), of an EU member state and hold a recognised EU veterinary qualification from EEAVE approved or accredited degree. Please see below if your University already has the EEAVE approval. Please bare in mind that the list will soon be updated with more european universities.

If the university where you received your veterinary degree does not appear on the list above, or your school was not EAEVE-approved at the time you gained your qualification, then you will have to sit and pass the Statutory Membership Examination in order to be accepted onto the RCVS Register. (once again please note that more universities should soon be added to the list)

 Registration process for EU graduates

  1. You should contact the RCVS at least 2 months before starting work in the UK.
  2. You must submit all the requested documents before your RCVS appointment
  3. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons will not process your registration application unless they have received all the relevant documentation.
  4. The RCVS will confirm your registration appointment within 15 working days  of receiving all the documentation listed below. ( RCVS offices are currently closed and the RCVS registration appointments will be carried out via video, for the time being, to help with social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic)

Documents you need to send to the RCVS– You will need to send the following documents:

  1. A photocopy of your Passport (page with your picture and outside front cover) or your EU Identity card. In case you are an European Union Rights Entitled Person (EUREP) you must send evidence to confirm
  2. European Veterinary qualification issued by the university in its original language, and also a certified English translation if document is not provided in English.
  3. Payment in full of the initial registration fee
  4. A letter or certificate of good standing (evidence of your good character) issued by your local competent authority. Document has to be issued within the last 3 months

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that you can communicate in English at an appropriate level.

This can be demonstrated by taking either the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or the veterinary version of the Occupational English Test (OET).

The RCVS will need to have received all your documentation and full payment at least 15 working days in advance of your preferred registration date in order to check and verify them.

The RCVS will not accept certified copies of documents. Failure to supply the original documents will result in you not being able to complete your registration and you will need to attend a second registration appointment.

Registration fees

1 October 2020 – 31 March 2021£182
1 April 2021 – 30 September 2021£364
New graduates*  £182
Restricted (temporary) £364
Restricted (temporary) – for practice restricted to 6 months or less£182

The registration covers your membership (registration) up to 31 March following the date of your registration and the amount will vary depending on this date.

Payments will take up to 7 days to clear. Payment will need to have cleared before the RCVS can confirm your registration appointment.

You can pay by the registration fee:·

  • Cheque drawn on a UK bank made payable to the ‘Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Credit card
  • Banker’s draft – payable to the ‘Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’
  • UK postal order – available from UK Post Offices, payable to the ‘Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’
  • Bank transfer – on request only. Please contact a member of the RCVS Registration Department

If you have any questions or doubts, please contact Synchronised Solution and we will assist you throughout the registration process (free of charge)

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