The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council and the Veterinary Nursing Council have decided that there will be no increase in registration and retention fees for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses for 2012.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council and the Veterinary Nursing Council have decided that there will be no increase in registration and retention fees for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses for 2012.

No fee increase for vets and VNs.Last year, the councils decided that a lower than inflation increase should apply to fees for 2011 to help mitigate the impact of the difficult economic climate on veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. Members who are over 70 years-of-age and who cease practising do not have to pay fees if they wish to remain on the Register.

RCVS treasurer Bradley Viner said: “We know times are tough financially for many people and hope that freezing fees will help a little. Professional regulation can be costly, but we try to keep fees as low as possible.” 

The RCVS financial policy remains that fee increases should be small and incremental in order to avoid a need for periodic sharp fee hikes resulting from inflationary pressures. 

RCVS treasurer Bradley VinerFees for 2012 will be as follows:

Veterinary surgeons
UK-practising retention fee
Overseas-practising retention fee
Non-practising retention fee
Non-practising retention fee (70+)
Registration fee
Temporary registration fee
Restoration fee
Restoration fee following voluntary removal  
£299
£150
£49
£0
£299
£299
£299
£75
Veterinary nurses
Retention fee £61
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