The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has removed 308 veterinary surgeons from the register for non-payment of their annual renewal fee.
The final deadline for paying the fee was 31 May 2018, with the 308 who did not pay being removed on 1 June 2018, compared to 339 last year.
The college sent emails, text messages, and letters to members of the profession reminding them that the fee was due. Additional letters were sent to those for whom the college do not hold an email address or mobile telephone number.
A list of those who have not paid their fee has now been published and practices are encouraged to check the list to ensure that no employees are named at www.rcvs.org.uk/removals2018/. Those who have been removed from the register but have subsequently paid to be restored are not named on the list.
Anyone removed from the register can no longer call themselves a veterinary surgeon, use the postnominals MRCVS or carry out acts of veterinary surgery – to do so would be in breach of the Veterinary Surgeons Act and therefore illegal.
The college would also like to remind veterinary surgeons that, although paying the fee is required to remain on the register, to complete their registration in full they need to confirm they are compliant with the continuing professional development (CPD) requirement and complete the criminal disclosures form.
Both of these are required by the Code of Professional Conduct and can be completed on the ‘My Account’ area.
Anyone with queries about completing the registration process should contact the college’s registration department on 020 7202 0707 or email@example.com