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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) 162 18 50 207
OCQ(V) - CA (Companion Animals) 6334 508 747 7433
OCQ(V) - EQ (Equine Exports) 611 48 51 669
OCQ(V) - ES (Essential Skills) 3882 721 809 5150
OCQ(V) - EX (Exports General) 2742 330 480 3391
OCQ(V) - FA (Farm Animal Exports) 63 12 17 91
OCQ(V) - GX (Germinal Products Exports) 98 13 18 126
OCQ(V) - PX (Product Exports) 1443 175 247 1781
OCQ(V) - SS (Statutory Surveillance) 541 146 380 1037
OCQ(V) - SX (Small Animal Exports) 370 53 95 508
OCQ(V) - TT (Tuberculin Testing) 1508 474 361 2258
OCQ(V) - UX (Ungulate Exports) 472 81 142 679
Total authorised OVs 9654 1129 1377 11764

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 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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