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OVs Authorised by APHA in GB

The counts in the table below will be updated on the 1st of each month between 10.00 and 10.30am.


Qualification England Wales Scotland Total
OCQ(V) - AX (Avian Exports) 163 18 49 207
OCQ(V) - CA (Companion Animals) 6315 508 747 7402
OCQ(V) - EQ (Equine Exports) 616 49 52 674
OCQ(V) - ES (Essential Skills) 3870 718 807 5126
OCQ(V) - EX (Exports General) 2727 334 481 3373
OCQ(V) - FA (Farm Animal Exports) 64 12 17 92
OCQ(V) - GX (Germinal Products Exports) 96 14 19 124
OCQ(V) - PX (Product Exports) 1444 179 252 1785
OCQ(V) - SS (Statutory Surveillance) 537 148 382 1032
OCQ(V) - SX (Small Animal Exports) 373 58 97 514
OCQ(V) - TT (Tuberculin Testing) 1446 463 340 2155
OCQ(V) - UX (Ungulate Exports) 463 81 145 669
Total authorised OVs 9632 1125 1375 11717

Please note:

The total number of OVs with each qualification will not always be the sum of the OVs holding that qualification in England, Wales and Scotland. This is due to some OVs being registered in more than one country (e.g. working across the border in both England and Wales).

The figures in the 'Total authorised OVs' row will not be the sum of all OVs authorised in each qualification. This is due to the fact that some OVs hold more than one qualification. 

The OCQ(V) - TT count gives the number of fully authorised OVs. It does not include the number of OVs with conditional status who are still in training.

OVs must revalidate their qualifications every four years, at which point a certain percentage may choose not to continue with the work. Therefore, there will occasionally be noticeable changes to counts caused by groups of OVs sharing the same revalidation due date. For example, the number of OVs authorised for the OCQ(V) - AX (Avian Exports) dropped in April 2022, as the revalidation date for a group of AX OVs fell in March 2022 and a number of these OVs chose not to revalidate.

As of September 2023, the counts include OVs authorised for both OCQ(V) - ES (Essential Skills) and OCQ(V) - EX (Exports General). This will account for any jump in the number of authorised OVs between August 2023 and September 2023.

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