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Improve International

'We are dedicated to developing careers, improving practice performance and driving veterinary education forwards. Progress through learning.'

Improve International has been appointed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to manage the registration and training of Official Veterinarians (OVs) in England, Scotland and Wales.

As one of the UK's fastest growing veterinary training companies, we are run by vets, for vets. Since 1998 we have been delivering quality Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and a range of Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) programmes in partnership with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and Harper Adams University (HAU)

We are pioneers of modular CPD and 'blended training', which mixes face-to-face and practical training with online study. We use world class speakers and have an alumni that includes thousands of vets. Our aim is to help develop veterinary careers and improve practice performance through setting high standards in veterinary learning.

Founded in the UK and based in state-of-the-art facilities near Swindon, we operate in more than 20 countries worldwide.

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Registered users

AHP Training

For Animal Health Paraprofessional training, visit

Veterinary Practice magazine

Veterinary Practice magazine is home to the Official Vet column, providing OVs with the latest news and updates from APHA and Improve International as well as featuring interesting articles on topics relevant to the industry.

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

2020 OV Conference dates announced, Sept 29th and 30th

Register now for exclusive discounted rates. Book here.

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