The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has launched an online form to allow vets to change their register title to “Dr”.

Vets can make the change by logging into the “my account” area of the RCVS website (, where they can access the form.

Usernames and passwords for the my account area were sent to all vets in February as part of the annual renewal process.

An email confirmation will be sent once the form is completed and changes should take effect immediately in the my account area. It may take up to 24 hours before the title appears on a vet’s register entry.

The use of “Doctor” as a courtesy title was approved by RCVS council at its March meeting, following a public consultation that gained more than 11,000 responses.

The majority of responses were in favour of the change. Use of the title is optional and vets who choose to use Doctor or Dr should use it in conjunction with their name and either the descriptor “veterinary surgeon” or the postnominal letters MRCVS.

This ensures they do not mislead the public by suggesting or implying they hold a human medical qualification or a PhD.

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