Veterinary Services: Qualifications

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th September 2020.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many veterinary surgeons hold the required qualifications to carry out export health certification by (a) type of qualification and (b) geographic area.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The number of Official Veterinarians (OVs) holding Official Control Qualifications (OCQs) for export certification are listed below. OCQs permit OVs to certify exports for specific commodities only but OVs may hold more than one OCQ. OVs may work across geographical boundaries. In addition, 1043 Food Competent Certifying Officers working in 153 different Local Authorities across Great Britain can certify some exports and therefore contribute towards certification capacity.

OCQ

England

Wales

Scotland

Total

Ex – Exports General*

2004

189

295

2448

AX - Avian Exports

143

6

28

177

CA - Companion Animals

5971

447

610

7028

EQ - Equine Exports

422

14

11

447

GX - Germinal Products Exports

92

4

7

103

PX - Product Exports

970

118

149

1237

SX - Small Animal Exports

324

36

77

437

UX - Ungulate Exports

441

69

132

642

*This course is a prerequisite for the other exports courses and may be sufficient in cases where no further training is required (e.g. for the export of insects or live fish).

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