More than 1,200 members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (including around 800 UK-practising veterinary surgeons) have not yet paid their retention fees, and face being removed from the RCVS Register of Members if they do not pay before May 29.

More than 1,200 members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (including around 800 UK-practising veterinary surgeons) have not yet paid their retention fees, and face being removed from the RCVS Register of Members if they do not pay before May 29.
 
1,200+ RCVS retention fees are overdueVeterinary surgeons must be registered with the RCVS in order to practise legally in the UK. Retention fees are due by the end of March each year, but the college allows a further two-month period before removing veterinary surgeons from the register, during which time reminders are issued.
 
However, there is still time for payment to be made by credit card, bank transfer or cheque – although payment cannot be made over the telephone.
 
It is the responsibility of individual members to ensure payment has been made, even if an employer pays the fee. So, those who have recently changed address, practice address or bank details are urged to check that payments have been properly processed.
 
Veterinary surgeons removed for non-payment after May 29 will no longer be able to practise legally in the UK, and would need to pay an additional fee if they wished to be restored to the register.
 
VDS chairman Bill Mavir said: “Registration with the RCVS is a prerequisite for membership of the Veterinary Defence Society and the provision of professional indemnity insurance.”

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