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OCQ(V) - SS (Statutory Surveillance)

The OCQ(V) - SS -   Statutory Surveillance is for vets training to undertake statutory surveillance activities for endemic diseases other than bTB – currently testing for Anthrax, Brucellosis and Sheep Scab.

Both Anthrax and Brucellosis surveillance testing are undertaken on behalf of APHA while investigation of Sheep Scab is undertaken by OV's on behalf of the Local Authority. APHA also provide advice related to the diseases and their control and all work must be undertaken in compliance with the requirements of the current applicable legislation and APHA procedures. Topics covered include:

  1.  Anthrax, Brucellosis and Sheep Scab are the endemic diseases currently specified for inclusion.  More may be added.
  2. Essential background information relevant to the responsibilities of an OV undertaking statutory surveillance for the specified endemic diseases.
  3. Detailed procedural training related to statutory surveillance for the specified endemic diseases, including reference to the relevant APHA OV Instructions and SOPs, including hygiene, biosecurity and health and safety requirements.
  4. Clarification of the legal and professional responsibilities of all vets in relation to compliance with the 10 Principles of Certification, avoidance of conflicts of interest, protection of animal welfare and management of suspected Notifiable Disease.
  5. Familiarisation with Defra*, Gov.UK, APHA and other websites providing relevant information to refresh knowledge.

* Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), the Scottish Government, whichever is/are appropriate to the area in which the candidate will be working.

Before applying for OCQ(V) - SS training, you are required to have completed the OCQ(V) - ES.

You are required to undergo revalidation every three years.

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