Official Controls Qualification
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OVs Authorised by APHA in GB

The counts in the table below will be updated on the 1st of each month between 10.00 and 10.30am.

Qualification England Wales Scotland Total
OCQ(V) - AX (Avian Exports) 161 17 52 209
OCQ(V) - CA (Companion Animals) 6372 500 744 7475
OCQ(V) - EQ (Equine Exports) 590 47 50 647
OCQ(V) - ES (Essential Skills) 3880 725 779 5148
OCQ(V) - EX (Exports General) 2801 349 481 3482
OCQ(V) - FA (Farm Animal Exports) 60 12 14 85
OCQ(V) - GX (Germinal Products Exports) 97 12 16 124
OCQ(V) - PX (Product Exports) 1472 171 247 1816
OCQ(V) - SS (Statutory Surveillance) 521 141 364 1007
OCQ(V) - SX (Small Animal Exports) 360 53 95 502
OCQ(V) - TT (Tuberculin Testing) 1501 462 350 2245
OCQ(V) - UX (Ungulate Exports) 478 81 144 688
Total authorised OVs 9662 1124 1344 11771

Please note:

The total number of OVs with each qualification will not always be the sum of the OVs holding that qualification in England, Wales and Scotland. This is due to some OVs being registered in more than one country (e.g. working across the border in both England and Wales).

The figures in the 'Total authorised OVs' row will not be the sum of all OVs authorised in each qualification. This is due to the fact that some OVs hold more than one qualification. 

The OCQ(V) - TT count gives the number of fully authorised OVs. It does not include the number of OVs with conditional status who are still in training.

OVs must revalidate their qualifications every four years, at which point a certain percentage may choose not to continue with the work. Therefore, there will occasionally be noticeable changes to counts caused by groups of OVs sharing the same revalidation due date. For example, the number of OVs authorised for the OCQ(V) - AX (Avian Exports) dropped in April 2022, as the revalidation date for a group of AX OVs fell in March 2022 and a number of these OVs chose not to revalidate.

As of September 2023, the counts will include OVs authorised for both OCQ(V) - ES (Essential Skills) and OCQ(V) - EX (Exports General). This will account for any jump in the number of authorised OVs between August 2023 and September 2023.

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Counts of OVs Authorised by APHA in GB




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