Taught course

RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (online distance learning)

University of Edinburgh · Royal School of Veterinary Studies

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be a member of RCVS, or hold a registrable degree
  • have at least 1 year of postgraduate experience working as a veterinary surgeon
  • be enrolled with RCVS if intending to take the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (enrolment will be valid for 10 years)

You can check the list of recognised international qualifications on the RCVS website:

If you graduated after 2007 we recommend that you complete the Professional Development Phase (PDP) before enrolling for any modules.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

July, June, May, April

Course content

The RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) is a flexible, modular approach to achieving veterinary postgraduate qualifications.

Credits are awarded by RCVS and not the University of Edinburgh, which means the programme is not eligible for a University of Edinburgh award.

You can design your own postgraduate certificate by choosing a combination of 10 credit elements that reflects your area of interest and are directly relevant to your work. As part of this consistent, flexible framework, you can choose modules from a number of accredited institutions in the UK.

You are also encouraged to support your study by undertaking appropriate continuing professional development (CPD) and working closely with a mentor or senior colleague with experience in the subject area and/or personal experience of undertaking veterinary postgraduate qualifications.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit our website.

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services.

Qualification and course duration


120 months
part time
120 months

Course contact details

CertAVP Administrator
+44 (0)131 650 6149