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EAEVE-Approved or Accredited veterinary schools
Veterinary surgeons from EAEVE-approved or accredited schools may apply to register with the RCVS, providing the school was approved/accredited at the time that you gained your qualification.
To check whether your qualification is accepted by the RCVS, please refer to the list of countries below.
You can also find out which documents you need to supply in order to register with us.
If the country 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 need to sit and pass the Statutory Membership Examination in order to be accepted onto the Register.
|Vienna||7 October 2000|
|Ghent||6 November 2004|
|Liege||3 February 2010|
|Stara Zagora||19 November 2015|
1 November 2003 - 30 October 2013
20 May 2015
|Brno Vet||7 October 2000|
|Brno Hyg||8 March 2002|
|Copenhagen||30 November 2010|
|Tartu||2 February 2010 - 11 May 2016|
|Helsinki||23 November 2009|
22 April 2008 - 19 November 2015
28 November 2017
8 November 2002
28 August 1999 - 2 July 2004
17 April 2007 - 10 December 2014
17 May 2017
10 December 2014
|Berlin||22 April 2008 - 18 May 2018|
|Giessen||7-8 March 2004|
|Hannover||2 July 2008|
|Leipzig||25 November 2008|
|Munich||14 March 2003|
11 July 2002 - 30 November 2011
20 May 2014
25 November 1996 - 5-6 November 2011
7 April 2007
|Dublin||7-8 March 2004|
7 March 2004 - 20 May 2014
11 May 2016
|Bologna||27-28 August 1999|
|Camerino||30 November 2011|
|Messina||20 May 2015|
|Milano||30 January 2013|
|Napoli||30 October 2013|
|Padua||22 June 2010|
|Parma||14 May 2012|
|Perugia||2 July 2008|
|Pisa||14 May 2012|
|Sassari||30 October 2013|
|Teramo||1 December 2010|
|Torino||12 April 2011|
|Utrecht||28 August 1999|
|Oslo||5-6 November 2004|
|Lublin||11 May 2016|
|Olsztyn||11 May 2016|
|Warsaw||7 October 2000 - 22 June 2010|
14-15 March 2003 - 21 April 2009
11 May 2016
7 October 2000 - 8 April 2005
28 November 2007
23 November 2016
8 March 2002 - 14 May 2012
3 November 2016
28 November 2007 - 20 May 2015
17 May 2017
|Timisoara||10 December 2014|
8-9 March 2002 - 4 July 2006
23 November 2016
7 October 2000 - 24 November 2009
12 April 2011
7 October 2000 - 3 November 2005
28 November 2007
|Caceres||14 May 2012|
|Cordoba||22 June 2010|
|Las Palmas||21 April 2009|
|Leon||17 May 2017|
|Lugo||8-9 March 2002|
|Madrid Complutense||11 March 2000|
8-9 November 2002 - 18 April 2007
28 November 2007
|Valencia||28 November 2017|
|Zaragoza||23 June 2010|
|Uppsala||29 November 2007 - 28 November 2017|
|Zurich/Bern - VetSuisse||7 October 2000|
17 April 2007 - 11 May 2016
|Aydin||11 May 2016|
|Bursa||23 June 2010|
|Elazig||30 October 2013|
|Istanbul||23 November 2016|
|Konya||30 October 2013|
Which documents do I need to apply?
All applicants must provide documents relating to identification, qualifications and a letter of good standing, as outlined below.
Identification1. A copy of the identifying page and front cover of your valid passport
In exceptional circumstances where you do not have a valid passport we may be able to accept:
A copy of your valid EU identity card
Qualification1. An A4 copy of your primary veterinary qualification in its original language
2. A certified English translation* of your primary veterinary qualification, where necessary
Along with the 2 documents above, applicants from the countries below will need to supply the following additional documents:
- Diploma di abilitazione all’exercizio della medicina veterinaria
- Sprièevalo o opravljenem državnem izpitu s podroèja veterinarstva (Certificate of having passed the state examination in the field of veterinary medicine)
Letter of good standing
You will also need to submit a letter of good standing. Its content and author will vary depending on which of the below categories you fall into:
a. Applicants registering within 3 months of the date of their graduation:
A letter of good standing from the Dean / Principal / Rector of your veterinary school / college.
This should be a formal letter on university headed paper, issued after the date you graduated, and should be sent directly to the RCVS by the University, as evidence of your good standing.
The letter should confirm:
- the exact date of graduation [DD/MM/YYYY]
- that you were a student of good standing, including where relevant details of any cautions or criminal convictions, as well as absolute and conditional discharges and spent convictions, or any adverse findings, including disciplinary proceedings against you.
b. Applicants registering more than 3 months after the date of their graduation and who are registered with a registration / licensing authority:
A letter or certificate of good standing from your current registration / licensing authority.
This should be sent directly to the RCVS by the registration / licensing authority and state that:
- you are registered to practise as a veterinary surgeon by that authority
- you are of good professional standing and good character, and there is no charge of unprofessional conduct or a criminal offence outstanding against you, including where relevant details of any cautions or criminal convictions, as well as absolute and conditional discharges and spent convictions, or any adverse findings, including professional disciplinary proceedings against you
- you hold a veterinary degree
In the unlikely event that your letter or certificate of good standing is given directly to you by your current registration / licensing authority, please ensure the original letter is brought with you to your appointment.
c. Applicants who are not registered with a registration / licensing authority:
If you are not currently registered with an authority, please submit your application and the RCVS will contact you with further instructions upon receipt of your application.
Please note that letters of good standing are only valid for 3 months after the date of issue and must be valid on the day of the registration appointment.
You will need to bring the original hard copy to your appointment, printing out a letter of good standing which has been sent by email does not make it an original.
If you are a new graduate, your letter of good standing will only be valid for 3 months after the date of graduation.
If your letter of good standing is not in English you will be required to provide a certified English translation* with it.
* A certified translation is one that has been stamped / signed / sealed by a qualified or official translator, or by a translation company, certifying its accuracy.
How do I apply?
Don't leave it too late!
The registration application process usually takes 20 days once we have received your application and all supporting documents in the correct format. However, in busy periods, it can take up to 6 weeks to wait for an available appointment.
To avoid any delay to when you can start work, we recommend that you apply to register and book your registration appointment as soon as possible.
We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 3 working days.