Official Controls Qualification
(Veterinary) OCQ(V)

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New OVs

How do I become an OV?

Please register via this website, then enrol for the relevant OCQ(V)s – see below. If you wish to be considered for OV status, you must:

  • pass the appropriate OCQ(V)s
  • hold current Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) membership
  • tick the relevant box to apply to the APHA to be awarded OV status

How much does it cost?

Please see Fees page for a full breakdown.

How to register

Click here to register online >

How do I access the training?

Most training is accessed via our online learning management system (LMS) which you will access via your own Personal Training Dashboard once you are registered. You can book on to your chosen course and complete it over a time period to suit you. The training modules vary in length and can be done over more than one session. There is an additional Practical Assessment for the OCQ(V) - TT.

What training modules are available?

  • OCQ(V) - ES Essential Skills
  • OCQ(V) - TT Tuberculin Testing
  • OCQ(V) - SS Statutory Surveillance
  • OCQ(V) - EX Exports General
  • OCQ(V) - SX Small Animal Exports
  • OCQ(V) - UX Ungulate Exports
  • OCQ(V) - EQ Equine Exports
  • OCQ(V) - CA Companion Animals
  • OCQ(V) - GX Germinal Products Exports
  • OCQ(V) - AX Avian Exports
  • OCQ(V) - PX Product Exports
  • OCQ(V) - CYTB Cymorth

For a more detailed overview please see About the OCQ(V)s

Other non OCQ(V) courses are also available. Please see Other Training for more details.

Once I have completed the training what happens next?

The APHA will be automatically notified, through this website, and will process your authorisation for OV status, a process which takes up to ten working days. Once successful, you will be notified by email and will be able to download your certificate of authorisation from this website. The APHA will then send your OV stamp to you, in most cases, to your main practice address.

Please note that this is an automatic process, however it will not proceed if, when you registered on this site, you notified APHA that you do not require OV status. You will have done this by removing the tick in the OV application box. i.e. You have applied for OV status by default unless you specifically opted out.

There is more information in the About section of this website including background and FAQs.



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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

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