463 vets have been removed from the RCVS Register of Veterinary Surgeons for non-payment of retention fees. It is illegal for vets to practise or undertake any veterinary-related activities when not registered.
The removal of names from the RCVS Register of Veterinary Surgeons for non-payment of retention fees is now complete, with 463 veterinary surgeons having been removed, compared with 386 last year.
To be restored to the register, a veterinary surgeon must pay the appropriate annual retention fee, as well as a restoration fee, currently £299. This fee multiplies each time if they are removed in successive years.
The Royal College does write to members to remind them when fees are due, but it is the responsibility of members to inform the RCVS Registration Department of any changes to their contact details and to ensure that payment is made.
It is illegal for vets to practise or undertake any veterinary-related activities if their name does not appear on the RCVS Register as a home-practising member.
Vets are reminded of the new requirement to confirm their Registration details each year by September 30. Forms were enclosed with the annual fee-reminders sent to all veterinary surgeons and reminders will be sent out shortly to those who as yet have not responded.
- The full list of veterinary surgeons removed for non-payment of fees, with effect from June 1, can be downloaded from RCVSonline