Veterinary surgeons who wish to gain the RCVS advanced practitioner status have been given extra time to apply by the RCVS.

Veterinary surgeons have until October to apply for advanced practitioner status. Image: Freeimages/Mitchell Powell.

According to the college, applicants now have until the end of October. Those who are successful will have their status listed on the RCVS Check the Register and Find a Vet search tools, allowing the public and other veterinary surgeons to specifically search for those with the accreditation.


To apply, veterinary surgeons must:

  • have at least five years’ experience in practice
  • have an eligible qualification at postgraduate certificate level
  • demonstrate knowledge and experience in a particular area of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree
  • confirm they have undertaken further work and study in their field “over and above the RCVS minimum requirements for CPD”

There is an £80 fee for the application, with a recurring annual fee of £80 for the following five years. After five years, veterinary surgeons must reapply for the status and demonstrate they have carried out at least 250 hours of CPD during this period, 125 hours of which must be in their designated field.

More open system

RCVS head of education Christine Warman said: “We have been moving gradually towards a more open application system that is much more flexible for applicants, and will have an increased number of listing dates so those who are successful do not have to wait so long to be added to the list.”

Since its launch in 2014, the status has attracted a total of 781 applications, 704 of which have been granted. The application period for the status was opened again on 24 February and reapplications are possible.

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 available from

Those interested in applying for the status can contact RCVS education officer Duncan Ash for an initial discussion on or 020 7202 0703.

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