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Official Veterinarians (OV)

Official Veterinarian (OV) is the term used to describe private practice veterinarians who perform work on behalf of an EU member state. The work performed by Official Veterinarians is normally of a statutory nature (i.e. is required by law) and is often undertaken at public expense.

Working as an OV

OVs are authorised to perform statutory veterinary work largely, but not exclusively, at the taxpayer’s expense. To become an OV it is necessary to:

  • be a full member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • hold the appropriate Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary)
  • be appointed to act as an OV by APHA

See the information on training and authorisation, for further details on becoming an OV.

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Sam OV support

For queries about using Sam or the initial registration process please contact the Sam support desk on:

03300 416999
Email Sam support desk