Three vets from Devon-based Penbode Vets are the first to complete the new OCQ(V) in Tuberculin Testing (TT).

Lauren Medland, Sarah Phillpot and Richard Talbot have now been awarded full OV status.

The new OV training has been developed by Improve International in conjunction with its assessment partner the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and Harper Adams University, which validates the qualifications.

It was appointed to handle OV registration and training in England, Scotland and Wales by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) earlier this year.

Sue Hay, head of practical skills at Improve International, said the three vets fully embraced the training: “To achieve OV status, they had to complete the Essentials Skills module online, then undertake the online TT training before undergoing a practical assessment following a period of supported training in the field.

“They all fully embraced the training and will be among the first of many successful candidates who will provide the quality TT testing required in England, Scotland and Wales into the future.”

There are 10 separate OCQ (V)s covering a variety of topics important for OVs, including a couple of modules, which form the foundation for the rest of the courses.

The new OV registration and training website, which contains details of the new process and the new OVQ(V) qualification, went live in August at

Under the new system, individuals or employers fund their own OV training and can access the majority of course content 24/7 on the new website.

For further information, visit or call 01793 759159.
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