Official Controls Qualification
(Veterinary) OCQ(V)

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Useful links


You may find these links useful sources of additional information about the role of an OV and the process of qualification and registration.


For specific queries relating to your OV work or status contact:

APHA OV Team in Worcester tel. 0208 026 1094 email CSC One Health OV Team (APHA)  

Centre for International Trade Carlisle for Imports and Exports tel. 03000 200 301 

To order a supply of pet passports, email

Other APHA office access and opening times


For general advice to OVs:


For instructions and guidance on the role of OVs:


For copies of relevant legislation:


For professional guidance:


For information about OV and other veterinary training offered by Improve International:


If you cannot find the information you need, please email or call us on 0330 202 0380.


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

2019 OV Conference dates announced, Sept 25th and 26th

Register now for exclusive discounted rates. Book here.

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