The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
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Why do you need to know them?

RCVS - Setting Veterinary Standards The RCVS is the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, an active public body, independent from the Government.

why is the rcvs so important?

  • Being part of the Register of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is the first step you need to take in order to be able to work in the United Kingdom as a Veterinary Surgeon;
  • The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons regulate the Veterinary Surgeons and hold a Register for Veterinary Nurses;
  • When you register with the RCVS you become a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons – MRCVS;
  • If you are not registered with the RCVS you cannot perform any medical acts as a veterinary surgeon legally;
  • Being registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is mandatory for practicing in the UK.

Registering with the RCVS

registering made easy

Registering with the RCVS may be more or less simple depending on where you come from. If all goes well, you’ll just need to go through some paperwork to get it sorted.

But in some cases, you need to take an examination (not particularly easy or cheap) in order to be able to register.

Rules will change for EU vets from EAEVE non-accredited universities starting in January 2021!

Learn more about this on UK VetSchool.



Belgravia House, RCVS building – London


The most fundamental document for any Veterinary Surgeon in the UK is the Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons

This document sets all the rules for the profession, your responsibilities to animals, clients, the profession, to your fellow veterinary team, to the public and to the RCVS itself.

Because the laws, culture and welfare are likely different from those of your own country, the RCVS reckons you should try to familiarise with these. All this information can be overwhelming, which is why we offer specific help on UK VetSchool.

Registration and the examination

Registering with the RCVS requires you have the right English skills to work in the UK. This takes the form of an exam in some cases.

Prepare your Registration and MRCVS Examination

  • On UK VetSchool, you will find resources to help you study for the RCVS exam
  • With UK VetTalks, you can practise your speech, learn the technical English while also learning about the clinical side of working in the UK

Visit the RCVS Resources section on UK VetSchool.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to do the RCVS examination?

You need to take and pass the RCVS examination if you did NOT graduate from:

  • A EU University
  • An AVMA-approved university
  • Other universities from Commonwealth countries (Canada, Australia, South Africa)
Is there a preparation course for the examination?

No, there is not a preparation course. There are several resources that you can use and we have support on UK VetSchool.

Is the RCVS exam difficult?

In general, yes. The format of the exam changed in 2019. Therefore we can’t tell for sure about the average pass rate. Previously, the pass rate for the exam was low, anywhere between 10 to 45% depending on the year.

How many parts does the exam have?

The exam has three parts. You can learn more about it on UK VetSchool.

How much does the exam cost?

The fee for sitting the exam in 2020 was £2500.

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