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How do I register as a veterinary practitioner?

The Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) have stated that it is a legal requirement to register with the council before engaging in any type of veterinary work in Ireland.

Anyone found to be practising while un-registered will be guilty on an offence of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 and face prosecution.


In order to qualify as a registered veterinary practitioner, you must initially apply by creating and logging in to an online registration account. The VCI website offers a list, by country, of the qualifications that are automatically registrable in Ireland as well as additional documentation that is required.

Unless you have graduated from a veterinary medicine qualification in Ireland, the following documentation will need to accompany the application:

  • Academic qualification;
  • Transcript;
  • ID page of passport.
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As well as this, you will need to arrange that the competent regulatory authority that you are currently registered with issues the registrar of the veterinary council with a letter of good professional standing on your behalf.

A pre-registration declaration is required in respect of a language assessment process, which applies to applicants who did not study veterinary medicine in Ireland or the United Kingdom.

Registration meeting

The completed application will then be reviewed by a member of the veterinary council and the applicant is required to attend a registration meeting in person. This does not apply to those who studied in Ireland and will attend a graduation ceremony at their university.

The registration fees vary, dependant on the time of registration. The full list of fees can be found here.

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