Equine Exports Revalidation
What does OCQ(V) - Equine Export (EQ) Revalidation involve?
It is now recognised good practice to ensure that we all remain up to date with the latest policies, advice and techniques for the work that we do. Revalidation is your opportunity to do this and can contribute towards your annual CPD requirements.
From now on revalidation for the OCQ(V) - EQ will be required every three years. Without completing this you will not be able to continue as an OV for Equine Export. If you claimed ‘Grandfather Rights’ to the OCQ(V) - UX and would like to have this transfered to OCQ(V) - EQ please contact the Improve team, on 0330 202 0380 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be happy to assist. Grandfather rights revalidation will be due by March 31st 2018. If you have already studied and been awarded the OCQ(V) - EQ your first revalidation will be due three years from the date that you passed your theory exam.
You may apply to take the revalidation OCQ(V) - EQ module up to two months before expiry of the certificate without changing the revalidation date in the future and we recommend that you don’t leave it until the last minute. You will need to ensure you have enough time to complete ALL the requirements before your expiry date.
If you do not complete revalidation within the permitted time frame your status will be expired by APHA. If this happens you will be informed by email from APHA and you will not be allowed to use the OCQ(V) - EQ. Once expired you will have to enrol and successfully complete the full OCQ(V) to regain your status. If you wish to appeal being revoked you should contact APHA as the final decision rests with them. If you are aware of any exceptional or mitigating circumstances it is worth contacting both Improve International and APHA as soon as possible to avoid the necessity to retrain.
If you are in the process of revalidating but have not successfully completed it before the deadline perhaps because you are waiting to retake your exam you will have one month from the revalidation date in order to complete the process. During this time your status will be suspended and you will be unable to use your OCQ(V) but if you successfully revalidate within this month your status will go back to normal without it being revoked.
Improve International will send a reminder to OVs prior to the expiry date of the OCQ(V) - EQ.
Online Training and Exam
Revalidation is undertaken by accessing the online training module.
Everyone studies at their own pace but the revalidation course will equate to three hours of CPD. You may access the training in your own time and it does not have to be completed in one go. Once you are ready you may then proceed, via your personal training dashboard, to the online exam. You are allowed 30 minutes for this online exam which involves answering 10 multiple choice questions and you will be required to nominate an invigilator. Candidates completing the online assessment are required to do so in the presence of a MRCVS (or a DVM for overseas students). If you live in a remote area and have no veterinary colleagues you may complete the exam in the presence of another professional colleague such as a doctor or lawyer. Both the candidate and invigilator will be required to sign the disclaimer and give their professional membership number before taking the online assessment. Any false certification, including the impersonation of another MRCVS, may be reported to the RCVS for investigation as potential professional misconduct.
Once you are successful you will be able to download a certificate of achievement.
If you are are unsuccessful with your online assessment you will have an opportunity for two retakes. There is a one week study period before a resit and the exam can’t be accessed in this time. If you are still unsuccessful you will have to take the full OCQ(V) and your status will be revoked by APHA in the interim.
You will be asked to provide evidence of relevant CPD you have undertaken to support this field of work. You will be expected to have completed at least ten hours relevant CPD within the revalidation period which can include the three hours spent on the revalidation course.
CPD should be recorded on your personal training dashboard and you may want to start updating it now and do this as you go along, rather than wait for revalidation to begin. Whilst the CPD should be relevant to this OCQ(V) - EQ, it is possible to use the same CPD for other OCQ(V)s. Please highlight which of your OCQ(V)s each CPD applies to.
After taking the online exam you will be asked to confirm ‘I have undertaken at least ten hours CPD in this area, relevant to my OCQ(V) - EQ OV responsibilities, in the past three years and have completed my CPD log on my personal training dashboard.’ If you do not tick this statement you will not be automatically revalidated until you do.
The type of activities that would count as relevant CPD for EQ are:
Reading the OV Instructions relevant to the export of equidae on the APHA Vet Gateway
Reading information on policy changes via APHA Briefing Notes
Reading relevant articles in veterinary publications eg exotic disease considerations/welfare in transport
Attending the annual OV Conference
Reading relevant articles in the OV Magazine
Mentoring new OVs in this area of work
Case discussions with colleagues
Other relevant conferences and congresses or day courses
You are required to provide three examples of your use of equine export skills. To do this you must complete any combination of the following (three in total):
- A description of an export which went ahead successfully.
- An example of when you provided advice and guidance to a client on a proposed export
- Complete certification exercises
Your examples should include evidence of how you implemented the principles of certification.
If your export work involves regular repetitious examples, please try and ensure that you describe cases where there was some specific issue or problem, including details of where you needed to use problem-solving skills or research in order to complete the certification process.
Where possible include reflection upon communications and feedback from your colleagues, clients or APHA and again record how you have learnt from this and made appropriate changes for future practice.
The case log does not need to contain a lot of words, bullet points is fine.
You should also use the principles described by the RCVS in the Code to Professional Conduct - clinical governance for the individual vet and the practice team as guidance.
You will find the certification exercises at the end of the online course. The answer template for these should be uploaded to your personal training dashboard in the case log section.
For further support & guidance please go to the relevant section of your personal training dashboard and download the guidance notes. These will also be found in the revalidation course.
It is advisable to prepare evidence for your case logs, in advance, by recording particularly interesting cases.
Internal Verification (IV)
Once you have passed the online exam and ticked all the declaration boxes to confirm compliance and completion of your case logs and CPD record, your revalidation will proceed automatically and you will be able to download new certificates of authorisation. However, there will be a process of internal verification of the CPD records & case logs by the awarding body. ESVPS which will sample 10% of CPD records and case logs within one month of completion of all revalidation requirements. If your CPD record or case log is in the sample chosen and does not meet the required standard you will be contacted by ESVPS and be offered an opportunity to update it to a satisfactory condition. If it is updated satisfactorily within one month then no further action is required. However, if it is not updated satisfactorily within the required time this will be reported to APHA who will review your case and may suspend or revoke your OV status. Please note the ultimate jurisdiction lies with APHA
Once you have successfully passed the online examination you will asked to confirm the declarations below:
I confirm that:
I have undertaken at least ten hours CPD in this area, relevant to my OCQ(V) - EQ OV responsibilities, in the past three years and have completed my CPD record on my personal training dashboard
I have uploaded three representative cases/certification exercises in my field of work and understand that this case log may be subject to internal verification within one month of my completing revalidation
I have self-reflected on any feedback I have received from colleagues, clients or APHA
I consider that my knowledge of my legal and professional responsibilities is current
I have accessed the latest version of the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct and refreshed my knowledge of the following sections: Clinical Governance and Certification
I have accessed the OV Instructions within the last year
I have checked that my personal contact details, including unique email address, are up to date and that I have been receiving OV communications
My signature is uploaded, is clear and correct. (You can check your signature by downloading a certificate of authorisation. If you need to update your signature you can replace the one you originally uploaded)
If you are considering completing a PgC then you should complete the full OCQ(V) - UX course instead of the EQ revalidation course.
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Please see the Revalidation page for further information.
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