Official Veterinarians information
Official Veterinarian (OV) is the term used to describe private practice veterinarians who perform work on behalf of an EU member state. The work performed by Official Veterinarians is normally of a statutory nature (i.e. is required by law) and is often undertaken at public expense.
Working as an OV
OVs are authorised to perform statutory veterinary work largely, but not exclusively, at the taxpayer’s expense. To become an OV it is necessary to:
- be a full member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- hold the appropriate Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary)
- be appointed to act as an OV by APHA
See the information on training and authorisation, for further details on becoming an OV.