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Revalidation training and exam

Online training

The revalidation training can be accessed via your Personal Training Dashboard once you have logged in and enrolled on your chosen revalidation course.

You must complete a short pre-course self-evaluation and will then have unrestricted access to the course materials on Moodle (the learning management system), even when you have completed the course and passed the exam. You may access the training in your own time and it does not have to be completed in one go.

The online course supplies the most up-to-date information, alongside a number of quizzes and exercises to complete. Links to useful websites and documents are provided to enhance your learning further through extra reading, which can contribute to your CPD hours if necessary.

Support is available for any vet who needs it – either email your query to or phone the Improve OV team on 0330 202 0380 and we will be happy to help.

Everyone studies at their own pace, but the revalidation course equates to 3 hours of CPD.

Online exam

Once you have completed the online training, you must then complete a short post-course self-evaluation and nominate an invigilator before proceeding to the online exam. The post-course self-evaluation, invigilator nomination and link to the online exam can all be found on your Personal Training Dashboard.

Your invigilator must be an MRCVS/FRCVS (this can be a DVM for overseas students), an RVN, a doctor or a lawyer. Both the candidate and invigilator will be required to sign the disclaimer and give their professional membership number before the online exam takes place.

Your online exam can be taken at a time that is convenient for both you and your invigilator. It will comprise of 10 multiple choice questions, to be answered within 30 minutes.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we recognise that in most cases it is no longer viable for candidates to be invigilated in person whilst maintaining safe social distancing. Please click here for information on remote invigilation via screenshare.

Once you have passed, you will be able to download a certificate of achievement.

If you fail the exam, you have 2 opportunities to retake it. The retake fee is £49 + VAT. A week is allowed for further study and you do not have access to resit the exam until after this week. If you fail for a third time, your status will be revoked and you will have to take and pass the full course to regain your OV status.

Click here to read the ISVPS Examination Rules for Candidates.

Other requirements

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