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Lifelong learning

We quality assure undergraduate veterinary education and, under our Charter, offer postgraduate qualifications for both vets and veterinary nurses.

We also stipulate the amount of continuing professional development (CPD) that must be carried out.

Find out about our veterinary school visitations, postgraduate qualifications and CPD requirements, including the Professional Development Phase.

If you want to learn more about a career as a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse, please visit the following link to this section on our Animal Owners site.

Find information on veterinary careers on our Animal Owners site

Frequently Asked Questions

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Before you complete your annual renewal

  • Your annual renewal comprises of four parts;

    1. Confirming your Register and correspondence details 
    2. Declaring any convictions
    3. Confirming compliance with the current requirements for continuing professional development (CPD)
    4. Paying your annual renewal fee

    Even if your employer is paying your fee, you will still need to confirm your Register details, declare any convictions and confirm your CPD compliance in order to remain Code compliant.

    In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Practitioners Regulations, if the fee is not received in full before 1 June then your name will be removed from the Register and you will no longer be able to work as a veterinary surgeon anywhere in the UK.

    Please note that, as well as it being illegal to practise in the UK whilst your name is not on the Register, any professional indemnity insurance may also be invalidated. You will also no longer be able to use the post nominal MRCVS.

  • Vets will receive their annual renewal notice at least four weeks in advance of the annual renewal deadline of 1 April.

    Vet nurses will receive their annual renewal notice at least four weeks in advance of the annual renewal deadline of 1 November.

    Your notice will be sent by email (if we have a valid email address for you). If we do not have your email address we will send your annual renewal notice to your correspondence address.

  • You must annually:

    • Confirm/amend your Register and correspondence details
    • Declare any criminal cautions, convictions or adverse findings
    • Confirm you are compliant with the RCVS CPD policy
    • Pay an annual registration fee

    To complete your annual renewal please click the ‘My Account’ button in the top right-hand corner of this website. Alternatively, a paper copy of the renewal form can be posted to you on request.

    Even if your employer is paying your fee, you will still need to confirm your Register details, declare any convictions and confirm your CPD compliance in order to remain Code compliant.

  • We will send you monthly reminders by email and sometimes by text, until all four parts of your annual renewal have been completed.

    If we do not hold a valid email address or mobile number for you, then we will send you one reminder to your correspondence address.

  • The annual renewal for vets is due for completion by 1 April each year.

    The annual renewal for vet nurses is due for completion by 1 November each year.

    Vets: If you pay your fee after 30 April the fee amount will increase by £35.00. If the fee is not received in full by 31 May then your name will be removed from the Register. Should you, at any point, need to restore your name to the Register then you will need to pay an additional restoration fee.

    VNs: If you pay your fee after 1 November, the fee amount will not change. However, if we have not received your payment or confirmation of your registration by 31 December your name will be removed from the Register of Veterinary Nurses.

    Should you, at any point, need to restore your name to the Register then you will need to pay an additional restoration fee.

  • You can still complete your annual renewal, and pay your fee, in the 'My Account' area of the website.

    You will be asked to enter your username and password, which you were sent in your last renewal notice. If you don't know your username and password you can still complete your annual renewal online by clicking the 'Reset my password' and 'Reset my username' buttons, underneath the 'Sign in' button.

    If you are logging in to ‘My Account’ for the first time, you will be prompted to create a security question before you can enter.

    If you do not have an email address on your record then you will need to contact the Registration Department before you can access ‘My Account’ and complete your annual renewal.

  • All vets and VNs are now being asked to complete their annual renewal online. However, a paper version of the annual renewal form can be posted to you, on request.

    To request a paper copy, please contact the Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or registration@rcvs.org.uk. Please note if you contact us from an email address we don’t recognise you will be asked to answer a series of security questions so we can verify your identity.

  • If you have received a paper version of the annual renewal form it means one of the following:

    • We do not have your email address
    • It is a shared or unconfirmed email address
    • You have previously requested that the annual renewal form is posted to you
  • You can check your Direct Debit status in the 'My Account' area. Alternatively, please check with your bank or employer (if applicable) to see if this is set up.

    If you are unsure you can contact the Finance Department at finance@rcvs.org.uk.

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Changing your email address

Changing your name

  • You can request to change your name online via 'My Account' as part of your annual renewal, as well as at any point during the year. You will be required to supply a photocopy of the relevant supporting documentation (i.e. marriage certificate, deed poll certificate or decree absolute).

    Alternatively, you can email a copy of your official documentation to the Registration Department at registration@rcvs.org.uk. Please note if you contact us from an email address we don't recognise you will be asked to answer a series of security questions so we can verify your identity.

    If you have changed your name by deed poll, you must supply the official document (the deed), which must be witnessed and signed by a solicitor. If your deed poll certificate has not been witnessed and signed by a solicitor, we can still accept the certificate as long as you are also able to provide a copy of your valid passport in your new name (the same name as stated on your deed poll certificate).

    All name change requests must be approved by a member of the Registration Department and may take up to three working days to be approved. You will receive confirmation by email once your request has been approved.

  • Not unless you intend to practise under your new name.

    If you intend to continue practising under your original name, you will not be required to change your name on the Register. If you would like to practise under your new name, we require that you change your name on the Register to follow suit.