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RCVS to increase fees for annual renewal process
The new fee notices will be sent out once confirmed by the privy council, and will need to be paid by 1 April.
Vets should pay renewal fees by 1 April.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) will be increasing its annual renewal fees for registered veterinary surgeons this spring.

RCVS Council has recommended a six per cent increase to its fee notices this year, which is subject to government approval.

The council has said that these increased costs are a response to inflation, as well as increased business costs. This would include the additional number of veterinary degrees, their Charter Case Committee, and the modernisation of their membership database.

It also supports a trial of its private prosecutions protocol, used against those who aren’t veterinary professionals but breach the Veterinary Surgeons Act.

The new fee notices will be sent out once confirmed by the privy council, and will need to be paid by 1 April.

There will be a late payment charge of £35 to those who do not pay their fee before 1 May. Non-payment by 1 June will risk veterinary surgeons being removed from the Register, leaving them ineligible to practise.

Veterinary surgeons will also need to log-on to their RCVS account, where they can confirm their details, declare any convictions and confirm they are compliant with RCVS’ CPD requirements.

The annual renewal period for veterinary nurses will begin in autumn, and will be subject to the same percentage increase.

RCVS treasurer Dr Tshidi Gardiner MRCVS said: “We recognise that these are difficult economic times, so Council has endeavoured to limit the fee increase as far as possible; however, in proposing these new fees, Council has had to take account both of increased costs due to inflation, and of additional costs related to ensuring we are fulfilling our regulatory remit to the best of our abilities and meeting our strategic priorities.”

Members who are expecting to encounter difficulties with paying these fees should contact the RCVS Finance Team on or 020 7202 0722.

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.