Improve International has appointed a practical skills manager as part of its responsibility for training and revalidating official veterinarians (OVs).

Marta Santias
Practical skills manager Marta Santias.

According to the CPD provider, in this role Marta Santias will manage the practical assessment elements required for OV training and support the development of new learning materials.

Miss Santias qualified from the University of Córdoba, Spain, in 2012 and initially worked in in a laboratory carrying out surveillance testing of diseases in wildlife. She then worked in a large animal practice for two years, carrying out a range of OV work, including TB testing.

Important work

She said: “The work carried out by OVs is vital, particularly with respect to safeguarding the health and welfare of farm animals. I am enjoying working with them and helping them carry out their important work to the highest standard.”

Improve was appointed by the APHA to develop OV registration and training in England, Scotland and Wales in 2014. Since then, it has launched 11 separate modules covering a variety of topics important for OVs. It has also created an annual OV conference and launched Official Veterinarian magazine.


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