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OCQ(V) - LX (Laboratory Animal Exports)

PLEASE NOTE: This course is not yet available. Please see Briefing Note 13/24 for further information about enrolling on or transferring to this course when it becomes available.

The OCQ(V) - LX (Laboratory Animal Exports) covers the export of laboratory animals.

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Please note: there is currently no OCQ(V) - LXr (Laboratory Animal Exports revalidation) course. This will be available early in 2028.

Useful facts for OCQ(V) - LX

Prerequisite OCQ(V)s for LX


OCQ(V)s that LX is a prerequisite for


CPD hours awarded on completion of the course

Five hours

Revalidation frequency

Every four years


£199 plus VAT

Course presentation


Exports permitted with OCQ(V) - LX

Qualification Permitted Exports

Overview of training for OCQ(V) - LX

The training for the OCQ(V) - LX is all provided online. Topics covered include:

  • Procedures and requirements for the export of laboratory animals, with particular reference to variation of procedural and documentary requirements related to country of destination, transit countries and species
  • Legal, professional and APHA requirements and procedures relevant to the OV undertaking export certification for laboratory animals, including consideration of species-specific requirements and conflicts of interest
  • The legal and professional responsibilities of OVs relating to safeguarding the welfare of laboratory animals presented for export
  • The development of skills required for the resolution of queries/problems relevant to the export of laboratory animals
  • Familiarisation with the Defra, APHA, RCVS and other websites providing information to refresh knowledge

Please note: before applying for the OCQ(V) - LX course, you are required to hold the OCQ(V) - ES and OCQ(V) - EX qualifications, as these are both prerequisite courses for the OCQ(V) - LX.

Revalidation of OCQ(V) - LX

You are required to undergo revalidation for OCQ(V) - LX every four years.

There is currently no OCQ(V) - LXr (Laboratory Animal Exports revalidation) course. This will be available early in 2028..

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