APHA Briefing Note 19/18.
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).
For general information regarding revalidation, including FAQs, click here.
For further information about each qualification, click on the relevant link below:
- ES (Essential Skills)
- TT (Tuberculin Testing)
- CA (Companion Animal)
- SS (Statutory Surveillance)
- EX (Exports General)
- UX (Ungulate Exports)
- EQ (Equine Exports)
- SX (Small Animal Exports)
- PX (Product Exports)
- AX (Avian Exports)
- GX (Germinal Products Exports)
Quick start guide
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 European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS). The training is validated by Harper Adams University (HAU) and university credits can be claimed for successful completion of each OCQ(V).
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.
How to gain an OCQ(V) qualification and become an OV
Register online to gain access to OCQ(V) training and revalidation
2019 OV Conference dates announced, Sept 25th and 26th
Register now for exclusive discounted rates. Book here.