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OCQ(V) - ES (Essential Skills)

The OCQ(V) – ES  - Essential Skills (Current General and Notifiable Disease Introductory Module) is the foundation to all APHA, OV  Training and Panel appointments.  It provides essential background information if you are applying to the APHA for training  as an OV. Topics covered include:
  1. An overview of the roles of EU Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Defra and devolved authorities
  2. An overview of the work of the APHA in state veterinary medicine and statutory disease control – including the consideration of regulation of animal diseases and protection of animal welfare
  3. An outline of the terms and conditions of appointment as an OV; the roles of responsibilities of an OV in relation to compliance with requirements related to audit trail, protection of animal welfare, health and safety and biosecurity
  4. Clarification of the legal and professional responsibilities of all vets in relation to compliance with the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct including the 10 Principles of Certification and requirements for impartiality, avoidance of conflicts of interest, the protection of animal welfare and the management of suspected Notifiable Disease.
  5. Background training related to the diagnosis and statutory disease control of exotic Notifiable Disease, including LDCC structure, procedures and the role of the Veterinary Inspector.
  6. Familiarisation with the APHA and other websites as a source of OV documents, information and guidance to update and refresh knowledge in response to legislative and procedural changes.

All vets applying to the APHA for OV training and appointment must successfully complete this module first, with the exception of OCQ(V) - CA which is a  self-contained module specifically for companion animal vets.

On successful completion of OCQ (V) - ES training, you are required to undergo revalidation every five years.

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