Official Controls Qualification
(Veterinary) OCQ(V)

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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 & Plant Health Agency (APHA). On this site, you will find all the information you need to become an OV and also train for the new Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian) OCQ(V) .

Once you have registered, you will also be able to gain access to the training modules which will help you 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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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 practicing in the UK who are also members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) are eligible to apply for Official Veterinary (OV) status. Existing OV panel members click here for more information.

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 both during and after training by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).  The training is validated by Harper Adams University (HAU).

Registered users

TB Farm Advice Workshops

Get the latest advice for farm vets on how their farm clients can protect their herds from TB

Are you prepared for revalidation?

To continue your OV status you must keep your OCQ(V) up to date by revalidating

New edition

OV Magazine,
the first specifically
targeted magazine
for the OV community

Getting started

New OV registration

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

Existing OVs

Important information for existing OV panel members


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

Latest updates

2017 OV Conference dates announced, Sept 21 & 22

Take advantage of early bird rates now. Book here.

Refresher training for ‘Grandfather Rights’ holders now available.

Please click here for further info.

TB Testing Camelid CPD course is now live

Please click here for more information