The Scheme is run by BSAS (as the professional body responsible) with the Royal Society of Biology (who also provide audit and governance). The register is open to professionals in the public sector, academia and commerce who work with animals and livestock.
To become accredited, members of the register must show they have the skills and expertise to be professionally recognised in their field.
To maintain their accreditation, members must demonstrate their continued professional development and learning to an independent panel of experts.
Becoming a registered animal scientist or animal technologists brings a host of benefits including:
- assuring professional competence and status
- giving national and international recognition to skills, knowledge and experience
- providing support for career opportunities
- creating a culture of training and skills development within organisations
- verifying responsible conduct and practice
- maintaining up-to-date knowledge through continuing professional development
- increasing opportunities to provide expert advice and opinion
Becoming a member of the register usually costs £80, but members of BSAS can register free of charge. In some cases, members of supporting organisations may be eligible for discounts.