Registering with the RCVS
Registering with the RCVS may be more simple or less simple. If you’re lucky, you’ll be asking for some papers to get sorted. If you are not so lucky, you need to sit an examination (not particularly easy or cheap…) in order to be able to register.
Who are the “lucky” ones? Many of the European countries and English-speaking countries (USA, Canada, Commonwealth countries). In this situation, you have it easy. For now (we need to see what Brexit brings…).
Overview of the steps you need to take to register
- Pay the registration fee
- Send the required documentation
- Attend a registration appointment
If you need to sit the examination…
- Send required documents
- (Maybe see some practice)
- Pay the examination fees
- Pass the examination!
This value changes according to the time of the year you’re registering. It will cover you from April to April, or from whatever time of the year you are registering until the following April. This is how much you need to pay depending on the date you are registering:
- Between 1 October-31 March – £165
- Between 1 April – 30 September – £330
You can pay them by bank transfer (contact the RCVS for the details), credit card or cheque. If you’re in the UK you can also use direct debit, debit card, banker’s draft or postal order.
If you don’t need to sit the examination, you will usually need certain documents. There are different requirements for different countries, but in general you will need:
- A registration form (called Initial Enquiry Form)
- Photocopy of the identifying pages and front cover of your passport
- A letter or certificate of good standing
- A photocopy of your veterinary qualification certificate
Any translations have to be certified by a qualified translator or company. In some places (like Portugal, for instance) this can be done by a lawyer or notary.
You will need to attend an appointment at the RCVS “headquarters” in London to bring down your original documents, have them checked and make your membership official. Don’t worry, you won’t be the only one there! You will book in this appointment when you fill your Initial Enquiry Form and you can find the dates on the RCVS website.
When you attend your appointment in London, you will declare the oath of the veterinary profession: