The RCVS and VN councils have agreed to raise registration and retention fees for the financial year 2011-12 by 2%. This will see a rise of £5 for a home-practising veterinary surgeon, and £1 for a veterinary nurse.

The RCVS and VN councils have agreed to raise registration and retention fees for the financial year 2011-12 by 2%. This will result in the annual retention fee for a home-practising veterinary surgeon increasing by £5, and the fee for a veterinary nurse, by £1.

Annual retention fee for a VN to rise by £1To encourage members who cease to practise to request removal from the register, rather than simply allow their membership to lapse, the fee for restoration following voluntary removal will be reduced by almost 50%, from £147 to £75.  

All fees for the current financial year were, exceptionally, frozen to help mitigate the impact of the difficult economic climate on the veterinary profession. The increases agreed for 2011-12 are below current inflation figures, and in line with the RCVS financial policy of introducing small fee increases on an incremental basis in order to avoid sharp fee hikes resulting from inflationary pressures.

A list of the new fees can be found in the June edition of RCVS News, also available online at www.rcvs.org.uk/rcvsnews.

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