Official Controls Qualification
(Veterinary) OCQ(V)

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Important Notice

This website and access to the OV training courses will be unavailable
from 00.01 on 2nd November to 23.59 on 3rd November.

This is to allow for updates required by the new APHA contract for the provision of OV training.

From 2nd November:

A new fee structure will apply to all enrolments.
There is further information here.

There will be new requirements for the OCQ(V) - TT practical training.
To view these, please click here.

Changes to revalidation requirements will come into effect.
For more information, click here.

Welcome to the Official Veterinarian training website

provided by Improve International, on behalf of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

What is an OV?

The term Official Veterinarian (OV) is used to describe private practice veterinarians who perform work on behalf of the UK Government.

On this site, you will find all the information you need to train for any of the OCQ(V)s and become an OV.

Once you have registered, you will be able to enrol on the online training courses to achieve the relevant OCQ(V). If you need to revalidate, you do not need to re-register, just log in and enrol.

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

What are OCQ(V)s?

OCQ(V) stands for Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary). These are qualifications that APHA requires vets to hold in order to act as an OV. The term OCQ(V) is followed by two letters, which indicate the work area covered by each specific qualification.

You can train for and hold any OCQ(V)s, irrespective of whether you currently work in the field covered by the qualification or not.

Please see the questions below to help you decide which qualification(s) may be appropriate for you, or click here for further information on the courses available.

What would you like to do?

To view more options, please go to the ‘Qualifications’ tab above

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