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OCQ(V) - SX (Small Animal Exports)

The OCQ(V) - SX (Small Animal Exports) is for vets applying for training as an OV authorised to sign export certificates related to the export of  animals from laboratories and zoos (excluding those covered by OCQ(V) - UX and OCQ(V) - AX), in addition to companion animals exports, pet birds and the Pet Travel Scheme. OVs authorised to undertake this work are required to provide advice in compliance with the requirements of current legislation, professional guidelines and APHA/EU/third country procedures. 
Topics covered include: 
  1. Procedures and requirements for the export of companion animals, including pet birds, with particular reference to variation of procedural and documentary requirements related to country of destination and species.
  2. Procedures and requirements for the export of commercially-traded small animals, with particular reference to variation of procedural and documentary requirements related to premises of origin, country and premises of destination and species.
  3. The scope and rules of the Pet Travel Scheme, with particular reference to preparation procedures and the development of skills required for resolution of queries/problems.
  4. The legal, professional and APHA requirements and procedures relevant to OVs undertaking export certification for companion animals, pet birds and commercially-traded small animals and the preparation of dogs, cats and ferrets as pets.
  5. The legal and professional responsibilities of OVs relating to safeguarding the welfare of small animals and pet birds presented for export.
  6. Familiarisation with Defra, APHA, RCVS and other websites providing relevant information to refresh knowledge.

Please note: before applying for OCQ(V) - SX training you are required to have completed OCQ(V) - ES (Essential Skills) and OCQ(V) - EX (Exports General) qualifications.

You are required to undergo revalidation for OCQ(V) - SX every 4 years.

Please also see FAQs and OCQ(V) - CA (Companion Animals), as it may be that you only require CA and not ES/EX/SX depending on your role.

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