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OCQ(V) - ZX (Zoo Animal Exports)

Please see Briefing Note 13/24 for further information about enrolling on or transferring to this course.

The OCQ(V) - ZX (Zoo Animal Exports) covers the export of zoo animals and their products.

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

Useful facts for OCQ(V) - ZX

Prerequisite OCQ(V)s for ZX


OCQ(V)s that ZX is a prerequisite for


CPD hours awarded on completion of the course

Eight hours

Revalidation frequency

Every four years


£199 plus VAT

Course presentation


Exports permitted with OCQ(V) - ZX

Qualification Permitted Exports

* Exotic pets can also be certified under OCQ(V) - SX (Small Animal Exports)

Overview of training for OCQ(V) - ZX

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

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

Please note: before applying for the OCQ(V) - ZX 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) - ZX.

Revalidation of OCQ(V) - ZX

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

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

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