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Changes to OV arrangements
  1. Simon Hall
  1. Veterinary Director, AHVLA, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  1. e-mail: corporate.centre{at}

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Removal of Veterinary Inspector status

IN recent weeks, the AHVLA has communicated the fact that, from April 6, 2014, Official Veterinarians (OVs) will no longer hold appointments as Veterinary Inspectors (VIs), also known as Local Veterinary Inspectors (LVIs) under the Animal Health Act 1981.

I am aware that this announcement is being misunderstood by some who are mistaking VI status with their authorisation to act as an OV. The two are not the same and the decision to remove VI powers has a minimal impact on an OV's ability to work in an official capacity.

VI status gives legal powers – such as powers to enter premises when entry has been denied and powers to restrict animals – which are not required to operate as an OV. The principle exception to this is the power to restrict herds in which a reactor or inconclusive reactor is identified. From April 6, 2014, such movement restrictions will, as a result of recent changes to legislation, be imposed automatically and OVs will only be required to notify the …

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