The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has celebrated the success of 15 foreign veterinary surgeons passing the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) celebrated the success of 15 foreign veterinary surgeons passing the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership with a registration ceremony held on July 23, 2012 at Belgravia House, London.
The statutory membership examination is open to veterinary surgeons with a veterinary degree gained outside the UK that is not recognised by the RCVS, and who therefore cannot join the RCVS Register of Members.
Welcoming the 13 successful vets who were able to attend the ceremony, RCVS president Jacqui Molyneux said: “Your success is remarkable – especially for those whose first language is not English,” she said.
“The veterinary profession in the UK is small and welcoming, and you will find valuable support offered by the different members of the veterinary team as well as from professional organisations.”
One of those registering at the ceremony was Vahidreza Ardani from the Islamic Azad University in Iran.
“It took me nearly three years of study to prepare for the IELTS [English language] exam,” the large animal vet said. “I have also been seeing practice here for the past two and a half years, including at the small animal hospital at the University of Glasgow. I hope now to find work at a small animal practice.”
Olga Woolmer, who qualified from Perm State Agricultural Academy in Russia, also registered. She saw practice in several UK small animal and equine practices as preparation for the exam, while also working as an animal technician.
She said: “I’m really grateful to all the practices that let me see practice. In particular, Burghley Veterinary Centre at Stamford helped me a lot in learning about what veterinary clients in the UK expect and how to sound confident when I give advice.
“It’s great that I will soon be able again to do the work that I’ve trained so hard for.”
For more information on the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership, visit the RCVS’ website.