Training provider Improve International has released new online training for vets seeking qualification as an official veterinarian (OV).

Existing OVs have grandfather rights, but only if they register by March 31.

According to Improve, the training has been developed in conjunction with the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies – its assessment partner – and Harper Adams University, which will validate the qualifications.

Successful completion of the new training modules will lead to qualification in the following areas:

  • OCQ(V) SS (statutory surveillance) – statutory surveillance activities for endemic diseases other than bovine tuberculosis, such as brucellosis, anthrax and sheep scab
  • OCQ(V) EX (exports, general) – a foundation for other export modules, covering the basics of international trade and export certification and procedures
  • OCQ(V) SX (small animal exports) – the export of companion animals, including pet birds and the Pet Travel Scheme. It also includes the commercial export of small animals, including the export of small zoo and laboratory animals.
  • OCQ (V) UX (ungulates export) – the export of ungulates, including equidae and large zoo and laboratory animals.

Improve was appointed to handle OV registration and training in England, Scotland and Wales by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) earlier this year. The new OV registration and training website, which contains details of the new process and the new OCQ(V) qualification, went live in August.

Under the new system, individuals or employers fund their own training, but can access most course content 24/7 on the new website without having to be absent from the practice.

Existing OVs have grandfather rights as long as they register on the new database by March 31. In addition, a revalidation requirement has been introduced for the first time, which ensures all OVs will remain up to date.

Managing director of Improve International David Babington said: “We’ve received an enthusiastic response to the OV training already launched and the number of vets both registering and qualifying continues to show the desirability of these qualifications in an increasingly competitive veterinary sector.

“We are working to a tight schedule to deliver all the new OCQ(V) training by February 2015 and are delighted to launch the latest set of courses.”

For more information, visit the OV validation website.

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