What is an Official Veterinarian and why must I use their services?
Official Veterinarian (OV) is the term used to describe veterinarians who perform work on behalf of the governments. In Great Britain they are also private practice vets. EU law requires that they sign export health certificates to authorise that the relevant animal health requirements have been met ahead of export. OVs are authorised by the Government for the specific work they undertake on its behalf.
If you need to find an OV you can:
- Check the list of professionals who can certify export health certificates
- ask at your local veterinary practice or vet
- email email@example.com (if you’re in Northern Ireland contact DAERA