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To practise as a veterinarian, you must register as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) under one of the five lists. These are the:

  • general list
  • Commonwealth list - for those holding a Commonwealth qualification
  • foreign list - for those holding a foreign qualification
  • temporary list
  • visiting European list

You must provide evidence of your qualifications and any other information required by the RCVS.

You must pay a registration fee.

Fines and penalities

The RCVS will investigate and you could be removed from the register if you are:

  • convicted in the UK or relevant European country of a criminal offence
  • found to have acted in a disgraceful or unprofessional manner
  • found to have provided misleading or false information on your application

Your name won’t be reinstated to the register unless a disciplinary committee agree to it. Applications for your name to be reinstated can’t be made for at least ten months after you have been removed or suspended from the register.

If you practise as a veterinarian, or claim to be one without being registered with the RCVS, you could be guilty of a criminal offence and liable to a fine.