Official Controls Qualification
(Veterinary) OCQ(V)

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APHA Briefing Note 25/19.

Welcome to the Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary)

Thank you for visiting Improve International's Official Veterinarian (OV) training website, provided on behalf of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). On this site, you will find all the information you need to become an OV and also train for the Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian) OCQ(V).

Once you have registered, you will be able to enrol on the training courses to achieve the relevant OCQ(V) or the associated revalidation.

If you have any questions or require further information about OV training or registration, please read our FAQs or contact us.

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For general information regarding revalidation, including FAQs, click here.

For further information about each qualification, click on the relevant link below:

Quick start guide

1) Register online
2) Enrol on OCQ(V)s
3) Train at your own pace
4) Apply for OV status

Start here: Register online >
The online training and qualifications are open to all, but only veterinarians practising in England, Scotland and Wales, who are also members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), are eligible to apply for Official Veterinary (OV) status. Veterinarians who work on Jersey should apply to the Jersey Department of the Environment for OV status on completion of the required OCQ(V)s.

Training, assessment and accreditation

OCQ(V) training is provided by Improve International Ltd using a combination of our award-winning online training platform and face-to-face Practical Assessments. The courses are accredited and candidates are assessed by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS). The training is validated by Harper Adams University (HAU) and university credits can be claimed for successful completion of each OCQ(V). 

Registered users

AHP Training

For Animal Health Paraprofessional training, visit

Veterinary Practice magazine

Veterinary Practice magazine is home to the Official Vet column, providing OVs with the latest news and updates from APHA and Improve International as well as featuring interesting articles on topics relevant to the industry.

Getting started

New OV registration

How to gain an OCQ(V) qualification and become an OV


Register online to gain access to OCQ(V) training and revalidation

Latest updates

2020 OV Conference dates announced, Sept 29th and 30th

Register now for exclusive discounted rates. Book here.

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