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Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)
Any veterinary surgeon wishing to practice veterinary surgery in the United Kingdom must be a properly registered member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Once they have registered, they are entitled to use the letters MRCVS after their name which shows that they have met the RCVS criteria for membership by either possessing a veterinary degree which is recognised by the RCVS or by having passed the MRCVS statutory membership exam.
Some veterinary surgeons may have the initials FRCVS after their name - this indicates that they have been awarded a Fellowship by the RCVS. A Fellowship is the highest award made by the College. There are three methods by which Fellowship may be awarded. 1. By election. These are usually prominent members of the scientific community who have, through their research, expanded the frontiers of veterinary science by creating new knowledge in a subject areas. 2. Honorary Fellowship. These are individuals, who by virtue of services to the veterinary profession are granted this prestigious recognition of their work. 3. By thesis, examination and meritorious contribution to learning. These are members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, (RCVS), who have undertaken specialist and advanced study and presented their thesis to the RCVS and passed an examination to be awarded the Diploma of Fellowship.