Diploma holders may apply to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to be included on a list of RCVS Specialists In Feline Medicine or Small Animal Medicine. In order to be considered, they must show that they have qualifications at least at Diploma level and make an active contribution to their speciality. A Specialist will have national and international acclaim and publish widely. A recognised Specialist must also be available for referral by other veterinary colleagues. They must re-apply every five years to maintain their name on the list.