Due to the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the UK-wide lockdown, the RCVS is allowing UK-practising veterinary surgeons to pay their annual renewal fee in instalments again this year.
The annual renewal fee, which has not increased for this year, needs to be paid in order for veterinary surgeons to remain on the Register. For veterinary surgeons who wish to pay the fee in full, the payment should be made on or before 30 April 2021.
For those UK-practising veterinary surgeons who wish to pay the fee in three instalments, the first payment should be received on or before 30 April, the second payment on or before 30 September, and the third, and final, payment on or before 31 December.
Any veterinary surgeons who do not pay either the fee in full or the first instalment on or before 31 May 2021 will be removed from the Register and, if they want to be restored, will need to pay an additional restoration fee as well as the registration fees.
Professor Susan Dawson (pictured), RCVS Treasurer, said: “Due to the ongoing disruption to the profession because of the lockdown, we are glad to say that RCVS Council has again approved the ability for members of the profession to pay their fee in instalments and therefore spread the cost during this already difficult year.
“We would like to remind members of the profession that the option to pay in instalments is only available to UK-practising veterinary surgeons. For any UK-practising veterinary surgeons who have a Direct Debit set up but who wish to pay by instalments, please make sure to cancel your Direct Debit as soon as possible.”
Payments can be made via the My Account area of the RCVS website where veterinary surgeons will also need to confirm that they meet the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirement and declare any convictions, cautions and/or adverse findings.
If veterinary surgeons have any questions regarding completing their annual renewal, or concerns about paying the fee, they should contact the Registration Department on [email protected] or 020 7202 0707.
For advice about making payments or submitting a remittance form, please contact the Finance Department on [email protected] or 020 7202 0723.
Further details about paying in instalments can also be found in a series of FAQs published on the website.