Official Controls Qualification
(Veterinary) OCQ(V)


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Non-Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) members

Anyone can train for and hold any OCQ(V)s, irrespective of whether they currently work in the field covered by the qualification as they can form part of your CPD.  You may also eventually study towards a PgC in Veterinary State Medicine

You do not need to be a qualified vet either but to apply to be an Official Veterinarian (OV), you must;

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

Final Year Veterinary Students

You are able to register at a reduced fee

You can gain relevant OCQ(V)s before applying for work in order to give yourself a competitive advantage. 

You may also eventually study towards a PgC in Veterinary State Medicine. (If you are newly qualified please email ESVPS for further guidance if you wish to start the PgC).

Overseas Veterinarians

You may wish to gain relevant OCQ(V)s before applying for work in the UK in order to give yourself a competitive advantage in the work place. You may also eventually study towards a PgC in Veterinary State Medicine. Please be aware that all course work must be completed in English.

We may need to make special arrangements for your online assessment so please contact us before you register and see further information at accreditation

The cost of the online training is the same anywhere in the world.  Payment is in GBP.

OCQ(V) - TT

It is only possible to successfully complete the practical element of the OCQ(V) TT if you are a member of the RCVS and working in a practice within the UK. You may begin and complete the online element in advance as long as you meet the required criteria and timelines.  If in doubt, please contact us before paying for training for this OCQ(V).

Registered users

NEW. OCQ(V) – EQ. (Equine) is available for enrolment

The equine export qualification OCQ(V) – EQ is now available. Specialist Equine OVs who hold OCQ(V) – UX can select either UX OR EQ at revalidation. Please contact Improve International on 0330 202 0380 if you would like to be transfered from UX to EQ for your revalidation.


The new format

OV Magazine will now feature as a section in Veterinary Practice Magazine from May 2018. Click 'More' below to view the new format


Getting started

New OV registration

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


Registration

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


Latest updates

2018 OV Conference dates announced, Sept 19 & 20

Register now for exclusive discounted rates. Book here.