CVE - Veterinary Practitioner

The ‘credit year’ runs from 1 August to 31 July.

A minimum of 20 credits must be gained annually.

Each veterinary practitioner must achieve 20 CVE credits annually in order to be eligible to renew their Licence to Practise in January. Achievement of 20 CVE credits is mandatory for renewing your Licence to Practise on 1 January each year from 2012 onwards. Mandatory CVE necessitates that each registered veterinary practitioner demonstrates achievement of a minimum of 20 credits for each credit year (1 August to 31 July), or an average of 80 credits over the previous four credit years in order to be eligible to renew his/her Licence to Practise on 1 January 2013. The rolling average will change from 2012 as follows: - the 2011 to 2012 CVE year will have a four year rolling average and from the 2012 to 2013 CVE year onwards a five year rolling average will apply.

Regulation 1.2 Registrants are encouraged to submit CVE claims and supporting documentation via the Registrants’ Extranet on the Council’s Website
Regulation 2.7 New and returning Registrants will have to complete CVE on a Pro-Rata basis from the day of registration
Regulation 3.2 Clarification of how CVE credits can be gained
Regulation 3.6 Registrants are required to completed and submit a CVE reflective self-evaluation and CVE plan each year.


Each registrant is responsible for the return of his or her CVE credit claim which must be submitted to the Council by 15 September for the preceding CVE credit year (the CVE credit year runs from 1 August to 31 July).  A CVE return can be either submitted online or by completing a CVE record card and returning this completed record card with supporting documentation to the Council offices.

Registrants may log in to the Veterinary Council’s website ( to access his/her CVE record. You can login via or via the Registrant Login (which is located on the top right hand side of the website. You will need your username (which is the numerics of your registration number) and your password (if you cannot remember your password there is a forgotten password facility). When you are logged in you will be provided with access to the Registrant Extranet (which is located on the top right hand side of our website). The My CVE option within the Registrant Extranet will provide you with an overview of your CVE Record, the option to submit a new CVE claim and to view upcoming CVE courses.

When you are logged into the Registrants Extranet you will need to choose the New CVE Claim option to submit a CVE claim.  The following table provides the details required in respect of the most common CVE online submissions:-

CVE submission type

Information requested

Upload required

Course/Seminar other

Brief description, course dates, agenda and proof of participation

Two uploads - Agenda and proof of participation

Independent Study

None – self certified


Member of Specialist College

Membership details

One upload – proof of membership

Post Graduate Studies

Brief description

Proof of enrolment or proof of completion


Brief description, Date of publication

Upload the URL link to the publication or the publication


Brief description, date(s)

One upload – proof of presentation

Supervision of undergraduate seeing practice

Supervision dates, students name, academic institution and clinical year


Webinars (other)

Webinar cert bearing your name and ideally registration number

One upload – a scan of completed webinar

Reflective Self Evaluation and CVE plan Document outlining your reflective self evaluation and CVE plan One upload

It is not necessary to submit events/courses which have been pre-approved by the Council as signed attendances are returned directly by the event/course organiser to the Council and should automatically appear on your record.  Your CVE record card should include the details of any additional CVE activity together with supporting documentation as outlined in the CVE regulations. 

A copy of the information submitted should be retained for your own records. You are reminded that, in accordance with the CVE Regulations, it is the responsibility of each applicant to maintain records, certificates or other evidence of compliance with the CVE requirements. A registrant must maintain such receipts, vouchers, certificates, or other papers, as may be necessary to verify completion of the CVE credit requirement for a period of not less than four years from the date the course/programme was taken.

Your CVE activities should be undertaken in a planned manner, and contribute to your ability to provide veterinary services in your area of practice. While it is likely that they will include a variety of activities, and a variety of subjects, the Council expects you to reflect on how your CVE completed in the previous year contributed to your professional development, and how, in outline, you plan to structure your CVE for the coming year. Your future plans do not need to be outlined in any detail – you may not know yet which seminars, clinical society events or conferences you will attend. However, it is expected that you will think about what areas of your practice you would like to improve, what possibilities are open to you in that regard, and how you might build on last year’s achievements. It is appreciated that specific activities undertaken may not have been forseen in your plan. There is no prescribed length for either your self-reflection or your CVE plan. However, here are some questions which you might like to consider:

CVE Reflection

What independent study did I complete that I found most valuable in terms of my practice? Will this guide me in completing independent study during the next year?

Did attendance /contribution to my local clinical society feature in my CVE? Did this benefit my practice directly and/or assist my colleagues in terms of my contribution to discussions?

Did I attend any formal seminars or conferences, and how did these rate in terms of contribution to my practice, value for money and networking as compared with other forms of CVE?

What contribution do I feel that supervising students on EMS made (if applicable) to my practice?

Did I undertake any “non’-veterinary” educational activities (finance, employment law, leadership etc.) during the year which I found valuable and which I would recommend to colleagues?

CVE Plan

Building on my CVE activities last year, what are the specific areas I would like to focus on this year?

Do I have any specific goals – introducing a new procedure, moving partially or totally to a new area of practice, undertaking a formal qualification?

What specific activities, seminars, conferences etc. did I find particularly useful last year and could beneficially undertake again this year?

Are there any freely-available or low-cost online or other CVE I could beneficially undertake this year?

What if my CVE plans for the year change? This should be reflected in the reflective self-evaluation statement at the end of the CVE year. It should be a helpful guide, to planning CVE which you would like to undertake in order to build, on your professional competence, rather than be undertaken piecemeal, but is not expected to be prescriptive.

The current CVE Regulations, allocation table and record card are available on or by contacting the Council offices. Any individual registrant may log on to the Registrants’ Extranet section of the VCI website to check his/her current CVE credit status or may contact the Council offices.