Official Controls Qualification
(Veterinary) OCQ(V)

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PgC Overview

All of the OCQ(V) training has been successfully accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and the awards have been validated by Harper Adams University.

If you undertake the OCQ(V)s, you may choose to gain valuable and transferable university credits as follows;



Level 5 Credits

TT Tuberculosis Testing 5
SS Statutory Surveillance 5
SX Export of Companion Animals and Birds 5
UX Export of Ungulates 5
AX Export of Poultry 5
PX Export of Products of Animal Origin 5
GX Export of Germinal Products 5
VPHB Veterinary Public Health Basic 10

* OCQ(V)’s ES, EX  and EQ do not carry the University credits


Should applicants wish to receive academic recognition for their OCQ(V) achievement, for each module there will be an additional charge of £50, payable to Harper Adams University but collected via this website.  A separate form is to be completed and uploaded from your personal training dashboard (Level 5 credits application). On successful completion of a minimum of four of the level 5 modules or 2 of the level 5 modules plus the 10 credit VPHB course from the OV programme above, applicants can be transferred directly to the 20 credit, level 7 State Veterinary Medicine module, which will normally comprise two technical reports.  Academic credits can be used towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in State Veterinary Medicine which comprises 60 credits at Level 7.

To gain the remaining 40 credits required for this PgC, you must complete an Elective Module of your choice and the Advanced Practitioner Module, both of which are run by Harper Adams University and each carry 20 credits at Level 7.   If you hold your OCQ(V) by grandfather rights, and you wish to undertake the PgC route, you will be required to complete the relevant OCQ(V)s and assessment in full to gain the credits. Credits cannot be awarded retrospectively based on 'Grandfather Rights' or via the revalidation route.  For further information regarding the PgC in State Veterinary Medicine and what the Elective Module and Advanced Practitioner modules will involve please email ESVPS.


Harper Adams University Route to PgC in State Veterinary Medicine:

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