Eighty per cent of foreign vets who sat the statutory examination this summer to join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) register failed to make the grade.

RCVS president Bradley Viner with the six successful vets.

Only six of 30 people who had gained their veterinary qualifications from institutions outside the UK not recognised by the RCVS passed the exam and are now able to practise in the UK.

Each candidate had to meet English language competence requirements, and take written, clinical, oral and practical examinations, which, this year, were held at the University of Cambridge.

The six successful entrants were:

  •  Daniel Antonio Castillo Castagneto, who qualified at the Universidad Mayor, Chile
  • Farah Maria de Souza, Pondicherry University, India
  • Jose Fernando Granada Castaño, University of Caldas, Colombia
  • Julia Ivanova, St Petersburg State Academy of Veterinary Medicine, Russia
  • Sung Dong Lee, Kyungpook National University, South Korea
  • Hamid Navid Khomami, Shiraz University, Iran.

Joined by family and friends, they attended a ceremony in London where they were welcomed to the register by RCVS president Bradley Viner and chief executive Nick Stace. They also made their professional declarations.

Farah Maria de Souza said she was very excited about joining the register and practising as a vet in the UK.

“This was the second time I had undertaken the examination so I was very glad to pass as I had been studying for it for three months beforehand,” she said.

“I am looking forward to working in the UK because I wish to get more skills and develop myself professionally and I eventually hope to take these skills home to practise in India.”

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