A short guide to becoming a vet in the UK

Starting a new chapter in the UK? Here’s everything you need to know about becoming a vet here before you make the big jump!

Check you have the right qualifications

First things first, you need to check if your veterinary degree is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). You can find this out here!

Apply for a skilled worker visa 

As a veterinary professional with an existing job offer in the UK, you are eligible to apply for the ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. This means you’ll be able to stay in the UK for a long-term period – sometimes extending up to five years.

Before you apply, you will need:

  • Proof of employment offer from an employer approved by the Home Office 

  • Certificate of sponsorship from your prospective workplace

  • Show that you have £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK

  • Proof of your English language proficiency

  • Personal information to hand e.g. passport, Certificate of Sponsorship reference number and your job’s occupation code.

You can apply for the skilled worker visa up to three months before your start date at work.

Some vet companies will provide sponsorship for new joiners arriving from overseas but make sure to find this out by speaking to your company directly.

Unfortunately, Choice Vets do not currently provide sponsorship to those applying to our job opportunities from abroad.

Points-based immigration system 

As a newcomer to the UK, you need to meet a specific set of requirements for which you will score ‘points’. However, as a vet you will quite easily accrue the points needed – so no need to panic! Find out more about the post-Brexit points system on the government website.

Register with RCVS

If your qualifications are recognised, you can apply for registration with the RCVS. You will need to provide evidence of your qualifications and pay a small fee.

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