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TB Testing Camelids CPD


Although OVs who hold the OCQ(V) - TT (Tuberculin Testing) qualification can TB test camelids once they have received permission from APHA, this additional APHA-approved training course has been designed specifically to give OVs all the detailed information they require to complete both private and statutory TB testing of camelids. It may be used towards your CPD record but there is no formal examination and it is not an OCQ(V) qualification in itself.

This course gives three hours of CPD.


The aims of this course are to:

  • provide the background knowledge of the legal requirements and current policy related to TB testing camelids.
  • give theoretical and practical guidance on how the TB test must be performed in camelids.
  • describe the procedures which must be undertaken and the standards applied by the OV when undertaking TB testing in camelids.

Who should be completing this course?

There are no restrictions on who can enrol and complete this CPD course. However, you must hold the OCQ(V) - ES (Essential Skills) and the OCQ(V) - TT (Tuberculin Testing) to be approved to conduct TB tests in camelids or other non-bovine species. In addition you must always request approval from APHA before undertaking a camelid TB test. Whilst taking this training does not guarantee your approval from APHA, it is very likely that this course will be sufficient to demonstrate suitable experience to test camelids and this training is APHA endorsed.


The cost of the course is £99 plus VAT. Log in to enrol.



TB Farm Advice

TB Farm Advice Online

The interactive TB Farm Advice Online course is led by Jo Wheeler, an APHA TB Epidemiologist, and James Russell, who is a Director of a mixed practice in Cheshire and a BCVA Board member. They are joined by Ian Vernon, an APHA Field Epidemiologist.

The content of the course is relevant to farms that are not under TB restrictions as well as those who may have been living with TB for some time.

The online course costs £99 plus VAT and enrolment is from your OV Personal Training Dashboard.


On completion of the course you should be able to:

  • Understand current government policy in your area and across England
  • Know what to ask and how to ask it when addressing bTB biosecurity
  • Have confidence in using TBHub and ibTB
  • Understand the five-point plan and how it applies to:
    • The data pack
    • The farm walk
  • Appreciate CHeCS requirements and encourage farmers to sign up where appropriate
  • Know about the TB Advisory Service and understand how to guide farmers to take advantage of this service
  • Construct a bTB biosecurity plan bespoke to each farm you attend


James Russell graduated in 2002 from the RVC. He has been involved in the BVA VPG since 2010 and has been a Director of a mixed practice in Derbyshire since 2011. At the World Mycobacterium bovis Conference in 2014, James won the poster competition in the ‘Practical Control’ section. He lectures at farmers’ meetings throughout the Midlands at the invitation of the NFU and sits on the Derbyshire TB Board. He takes an active interest in prevention of infectious diseases and this led to his appointment to the BCVA Board.

Jo Wheeler joined the MAFF State Veterinary Service in 1993 after almost a decade in general mixed practice. This was at the height of the BSE epidemic. However, as the BSE cases fell they were replaced with a rising number of TB breakdowns. Jo became the Lead TB VO for Cornwall and experienced and implemented a number of different TB strategies before the classical swine fever outbreak in Bury in 2000. She was heavily involved in the 2001 FMD outbreak, working in East Anglia, Cornwall, Devon and Cumbria at various points and in various different roles. This gave her a taste for field epidemiology and she applied for and was selected to become part of a national group of Field Epi Vets. In this role she has been involved in outbreaks of avian influenza, FMD, bluetongue, anthrax and equine infectious anaemia, whilst continuing to battle TB in “peacetime”. She was appointed to her new role as South West Field Epidemiology Veterinary Adviser in November of 2014. Being based in the South West, she inevitably deals with bovine TB on a daily basis.

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