Entry requirements

A recognised veterinary degree is a requirement for entry:

  • BVM&S or equivalent qualification


The RCVS has the following requirements for enrolment:

Before you start working towards the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP), or towards any individual modules, you must enrol for the CertAVP with the RCVS. This is so that the RCVS can confirm your eligibility, and log your credits as they accrue towards a full qualification.

To enrol, you will need to have had at least one year’s experience as a practising vet, and be able to demonstrate that you have undertaken sufficient CPD for that period. Veterinary surgeons who qualified in 2007 or later must have completed the RCVS Professional Development Phase (PDP) before they can enrol. Overseas candidates may enrol if they are eligible to be members of the RCVS.

You may begin your CertAVP with one year’s experience as a practising vet but to complete your certificate you must have been practising for at least three years.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we will also need to see evidence of your English language proficiency before we can offer you a place.