Choosing a vet

It’s illegal for anyone in the UK who isn’t registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to practise as a vet. You can check if your vet is registered with the RCVS website.

How do I choose a veterinary practice?

Our leaflet How to choose a veterinary practice (93 KB PDF) gives you helpful hints and tips on things to think about when you’re choosing a veterinary practice. Often a recommendation from other animal owners in your area is a useful way to find out about local practices, but it’s important to find one that suits your own needs and those of your animals. Blue Cross has a page on their website with some advice to think about when choosing a veterinary practice.

Vet client with dog

Roles in a veterinary practice

There are different staff roles working in veterinary practices including veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, practice managers and receptionists. Visit the RCVS website for more information about how a practice operates and who is involved.

Who's who in a veterinary practice

This short video explains the different roles in a veterinary practice and why they are important.

We have also written this guide about the veterinary practice team (109 KB PDF)

How do I find a vet?

All vets in the UK are registered of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Their Find a Vet page allows you to search by practice name, postcode or town, and you can find practices that treat specific species and those that are accredited under the Practice Standards Scheme.

Find a specialist vet

There are different types of veterinary practices for treating certain species, such as small animal or equine.

RCVS advanced search can help you find a vet with particular specialisation.

RCVS Practice Standards Scheme

BVA provides advice and support to all of its members, but cannot endorse any individual veterinary practice, service or business. The Practice Standards Scheme, run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, exists to help veterinary practices demonstrate their level of service through quality assurance.