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Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian) training
Approvals and authorisation

Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian) training

APHA has contracted with Improve International, in partnership with the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies and Harper Adams University, to deliver training for APHA’s Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian).

Contact Improve International for all requests for 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

For Q&A related to OV training and qualifications, please see the Q&A document.

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 complete your authorisation for 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 more information about the Tuberculin Testing (OCO(V) - TT) revalidation process, please visit the Improve International website.

For further information about an extension or an exemption from the standard Tuberculin Testing revalidation process (as described above), please see the Tuberculin Testing revalidation: extension/exemption process. If you think you may be eligible for an extension or an exemption, please apply in writing to the APHA’s OV Team.

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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