Assessment and Accreditation
The International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) is a not-for-profit organisation (formerly known as ESVPS), which was established in 2003 with the remit of accrediting veterinary CPD and providing attainable, balanced qualifications for veterinary practitioners working in full-time practice. ISVPS has over 15 years’ experience of running examinations and accrediting courses in the veterinary industry. The OCQ(AHP) - ATT and the OCQ(AHP) - CSO courses are both accredited by ISVPS.
The assessment for each OCQ(AHP) course will be an online exam which will comprise 20 multiple choice questions to be completed in 60 minutes. Each multiple choice question will have 3 distractors and only 1 correct answer. Marks will not be deducted for incorrect answers.
You can complete the online exam as soon as you have completed the online training.
You are required to take the online exam in the presence of an invigilator. For the ATT exam your invigilator must be a vet, a doctor or a lawyer. For the CSO exam your invigilator must be a vet, a doctor, a lawyer or an Environmental Health Officer duly appointed by a food authority in the UK and with relevant Food Law Code of Practice competence. Both you and your invigilator will be required to read the ISVPS examination rules and will be required to sign to confirm you will abide by them.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we recognise that in most cases it is no longer viable for candidates to be invigilated in person whilst maintaining safe social distancing. Please click here for information on remote invigilation via screenshare.
On passing the online exam you will be issued with a certificate of competence, which you can download as a PDF file. If you are an OCQ(AHP) - ATT candidate you will be issued with a conditional certificate of competence until you have completed and passed the Practical Assessment component of the OCQ(AHP) (please refer to the OCQ(AHP) - ATT section below).
Failure of the exam
You can have 3 attempts at passing the OCQ(AHP) exam. After each failure, you must wait at least 2 weeks before retaking the online exam. Each retake incurs a fee of £49 plus VAT. You may request feedback from ISVPS before you retake the exam.
OCQ(AHP) - ATT Practical Assessment
If you are completing the OCQ(AHP) - ATT you will be required to complete both the online exam and a Practical Assessment to achieve a certificate of competence.
You will be required to pass a Practical Assessment within 6 months of being granted conditional authorisation by APHA. You will be required to keep a log of your TB testing. This must provide evidence that you have tested at least 500 animals on at least 10 farms and seen a minimum of 80 reactions. This evidence must be provided in the form of a case log, which must be completed and uploaded to your Personal Training Dashboard before the Practical Assessment can take place.
On passing the OCQ(AHP) - ATT Practical Assessment you will be issued with a certificate of competence, which can be downloaded as a PDF file.
See the Practical Training for ATTs page for more information.
ISVPS candidate appeals procedure
You have the right to appeal any component of the examination.
- be made in writing to the ISVPS Examination Secretary
- arrive within 30 days of being informed of the adverse result
- outline the grounds for appeal in detail
Appeals will be conducted by the ISVPS Examination Committee Chairman. Appeals will be restricted to a review of exam procedures. Outcomes of appeals will be decided and you will be notified within 30 days of the appeal being lodged.
Please email ISVPS for the full appeals procedure.
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