Veterinary surgeons who wish to gain the middle tier Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner status will have extra time to do so this year.

The status, which was launched last August, recognises those veterinary surgeons who can demonstrate knowledge and skills beyond their initial degree in a designated field of veterinary practice. This year the application process, which opened on June 12, will end on October 30, meaning that veterinary surgeons will have over four months to submit their application, compared to less than three months last year.

Christine Warman, Head of Education at the College, said: “Following on from the great success of our first ever application process last year, in which some 640 vets applied of whom 575 were successful, we have decided to lengthen this year’s application window. We hope that this will allow prospective applicants extra time to consider and make an application.”

Applications received in June and July will be considered by the Advanced Practitioner Panel and, where successful, ratified by the RCVS Education Committee in October this year, which may result in an earlier listing for successful applicants. Successful applications received in August, September and October will be ratified at the Education Committee’s February 2016 meeting.

This year veterinary surgeons will be able to make an application for Advanced Practitioner status through the online ‘My Account’ area on the RCVS website ( The fee payable on application is £80 and the RCVS can also now take payment online.

Details of the application process, eligibility criteria, eligible qualifications and fee information, as well as a list of designations, can be found in the Advanced Practitioner Applicant Guidance Notes document which is available to download from

Those who are interested in applying can also contact Duncan Ash, RCVS Education Officer, for an initial discussion on 020 7202 0703 or
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