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Training and authorisation

Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary) training
Approvals and authorisation
Extensions and Exceptions to the Requirements

Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary) training

The delivery of the training for APHA’s Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary) is contracted to a training provider, currently Improve International.

Contact Improve International for all requests regarding the OCQ(V) training or revalidation:

  • web:
  • Email:
  • Tel: 0330 202 0380
  • Address:
    OV Customer Services Manager
    Improve International Ltd
    Alexandra House
    Whittingham Drive
    Swindon Wiltshire
    SN4 0QJ

Approvals and authorisation

Administration of OV authorisations and approvals is managed centrally by APHA’s OV team.

APHA will be notified automatically by Improve International once your registration and training is complete and will grant your authorisation for the OV status. This can take up to ten working days.

Once successful, you will be notified by email and APHA will send your OV stamp to you, in most cases, to your main practice address.

To discuss any matters relating to your authorisation and approval as an Official Veterinarian contact APHA’s OV team:

Tel: 03000 200 301
Fax: 01905 768 649

County Hall
Spetchley Road


For the majority of OCQ(V)s, your authorisation as an OV can only be maintained by revalidation of the qualification every four years.

Failure to revalidate by the given deadline will result in suspension of the authorisation. However the qualification can be revalidated at any time during the six month period immediately following the deadline in order to have the authorisation reinstated. If the qualification is not revalidated within the six month period, the authorisation will be expired and it will be necessary to complete the full training course in order to become an authorised OV again.

For more information about the revalidation process, visit the Improve International website.

Extensions and Exceptions to the Training Requirements

There are certain circumstances where it may not be possible to complete the OCQ(V) revalidation within the specified deadline. For the OCQ(V) – TT there may be good reason why it is not possible to complete the training requirements within the period of conditional authorisation. In both cases it may be possible to have an extension or in some cases an exception to these requirements.

For vets whose OCQ(V) – TT authorisation has expired within the previous four years, the requirement to repeat the practical training and assessment for reauthorisation may be waived. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. Evidence of any TB audit carried out in the past 4 years must be provided with the application.

For further information about an extension or an exceptionn from the standard processes, please see the guidance on the Requests for Extension or Exceptions from the Official Controls Qualification (OCQ) Training and Revalidation Requirements (TR588) application form. This must be used to apply to the APHA OV Team if you think you may be eligible for an extension or an exemption to the requirements.

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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