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Avian Exports revalidation

What does OCQ(V) - Avian Exports (AX) 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) - AX will be required every three years. Without completing this you will not be able to continue as an OV for Avian Exports. For those who have claimed ‘grandfather rights’ the revalidation cycle commenced on 1st April 2015 hence revalidation will be due by March 31st 2018. If you have already studied and been awarded the OCQ(V) - AX, 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) - AX 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) - AX. Once expired you will have to enrol and successfully complete the full OCQ(V) to regain your status. If you wish to appeal being expired you should contact APHA as the final decision rests with them. 

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) - AX, however if you successfully revalidate within this month, your status will be reactivated.

Improve International will send a reminder to OVs prior to the expiry date of the OCQ(V) - AX.  

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.  You will be required to nominate an invigilator for this exam. 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 fail the exam you have two opportunities to resit. One week is allowed for further study and you do not have access to resit the exam until after this week. If you fail for a second time your status will be revoked and you will have to take and pass the full OCQ(V) - AX course to regain your OV status.


You will be asked to provide evidence of relevant CPD you have undertaken to support this field of work. Whilst the CPD should be relevant to this OCQ(V) - AX, it is possible to use the same CPD for other OCQ(V)s. You will be expected to have completed at least ten hours relevant CPD within the revalidation period, this 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. 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 of CPD in this area, relevant to my OCQ(V) - AX OV responsibilities, in the past three years, and have completed my CPD record 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 AX are:

  • Reading the OV Instructions relating to avian exports and the poultry health scheme on the APHA Vet Gateway
  • Reading information on policy changes provided via the APHA Briefing notes
  • Reading relevant articles in veterinary publications eg disease surveillance, welfare in transport, notifiable disease outbreaks  
  • Attending the annual OV Conference
  • Reading relevant articles in the OV Magazine
  • Mentoring new OVs in this area of work
  • Relevant pharmaceutical company CPD
  • Case discussions with colleagues
  • Other relevant conferences and congresses or day courses

Case Logs

You are required to provide three examples of your use of avian 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.

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 & 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 & case logs by the awarding body, ESVPS. ESVPS 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, then you will be contacted by ESVPS and offered an opportunity to update it to a satisfactory condition. If it is updated satisfactorily within one month then no further action required. However, if it is not updated satisfactorily within the required time this will be reported to APHA which will then review your case and may suspend or revoke your OV status. Please note the ultimate jurisdiction lies with APHA.

Final Declarations

Once you have successfully passed the online examination you will asked to confirm the declarations below:

I confirm that:

  1. I have undertaken at least ten hours CPD in this area, relevant to my OCQ(V) - AX, OV responsibilities, in the past three years and have completed my CPD record on my personal training dashboard
  2. 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
  3. I have self-reflected on any feedback I have received from colleagues, clients or APHA
  4. I consider that my knowledge of my legal and professional responsibilities is current  
  5. 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
  6. I have accessed the OV Instructions within the last year
  7. I have checked that my personal contact details, including unique email address, are up to date and that I have been receiving OV communications
  8. 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) - AX instead of the revalidation course.

Revalidation Fee

£99 + Vat

Please see the Revalidation page for further information.

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