Consultation outcome

Veterinary Surgeons: language control for EU migrants

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We received 112 responses to this consultation.

As a result of the support for the proposals, the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 has been amended by The Veterinary Surgeons Qualifications (European Recognition and Knowledge of Language) Regulations 2015 to include language controls.

We are working with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to develop guidance on how this will be applied.

Original consultation


Seeking views on if migrant veterinary surgeons from the EU must demonstrate the necessary knowledge of English to practise in the UK.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposals to introduce language controls for migrant EU veterinary surgeons. We will do this by giving the registrar of the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) explicit powers to:

  • request that applicants demonstrate their ability by a reasonable means
  • prevent someone, who cannot demonstrate ability, from practising (by not adding their name to the register).

It is felt that proficiency in English is a required skill for veterinary surgeons.

This consultation will be of particular interest to veterinary surgeons, prospective applicants to the UK register of veterinary surgeons and the animal owning public.

Published 22 July 2015
Last updated 19 February 2016 + show all updates
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