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Cookie policy

This site does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

For more information on how we use your data please do take a look at our Privacy Policy.

However, if you wish to restrict or block cookies which are set as a result of visiting this website, or indeed any other website, you can do this with your browser settings. The Help menu within your browser should tell you how to do this. Useful information about cookies and how to control them on a wide variety of browsers can be found at

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of this website.

This site uses a limited number of third party suppliers to provide specific functionality and these cookies are included in the list below. Further information on the nature of the information collected and the options you have to control these are provided as links in this list.

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Used to store a unique random identifier for each visit to this website. No other information is written to this cookie on your computer/device. This cookie is required by the webserver software to remember certain settings such as whether you have logged into  the site. This cookie is destroyed each time you close your browser and all information stored against this unique identifier is automatically deleted from the server 30 minutes after your last access of the website. This cookie is essential to ensure that all website functionality is available to you. For normal visitors no information will be stored in the session   and will only be used for administrative access to the CMS (i.e. only used for site administration).

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets cookies in order to evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the site.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

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More detail of how Google Analytics specifically handles your information, and what specific information Google Analytics captures about you, can be found at the link below;

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This website uses Survicate, a website feedback tool. Survicate sets cookies in order to allow you to feedback comments about your use of the website and compile reports for us on the user experience of the site.


This cookie is set by the accessibility options at the bottom of each page, so the site can remember when you have selected especially large/small fonts and/or   high-contrast/inverted colour schemes as you move from page to page on the site. These cookies are set when you set the corresponding accessibility options at the bottom of the page on any RCVS Knowledge site (the “AAA” links), and last until you close your browser. If no accessibility options are selected this cookie is not set.


This cookie is set when logging into the members area and allows all RCVS Knowledge sites to know that you are logged in. If you do not allow this cookie you will need to log in again when going from to for example. This cookie expires as soon as the browser is closed.


This cookie is set when browsing any members area pages, including the login page (anything beginning with This cookie is set by a third party system and it expires as soon as your browser is closed. This cookie is REQUIRED to enable access to the members areas.


This cookie is set when browsing the members area pages (including the login page). It records the fact that your browser accepts cookies. This cookie is set by a third party system and it expires as soon as your browser is closed. This cookie is REQUIRED to enable access to the members area.


This cookie is set by the members integration system when you log into the members area, to track the fact you have logged in. This cookie is set by a third party system and it expires as soon as your browser is closed. This cookie is REQUIRED to enable access to the members areas.


This cookie only exists for administrators of the RCVS Knowledge website and is set by TinyMCE WYSIWYG editor when a user resizes the WYSIWYG editor pane in order to remember how large the user would like their WYSIWYG editor pane in future. It expires as soon as you close your browser. This cookie will not be set for regular users of the RCVS sites.

For more information and advice about cookies on this site or in general, please email