Welcome to AMTRA
AMTRA is an independent regulatory body whose task it is to ensure that the prescription and supply of VPS animal medicines in the UK is undertaken in a responsible manner by AMTRA-qualified persons. Under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations, AMTRA is the body appointed by the Secretary of State to keep a register of Suitably Qualified Persons. Find out more about AMTRA...
Zolvix: change of legal category
The VMD has agreed to a request from the manufacturer (Elanco) to change the legal distribution category of Zolvix 25 mg/ml Oral Solution, an anthelmintic for sheep, from POM-V to POM-VPS. Zolvix is authorised for the treatment and control of gastro-intestinal nematode infections and associated diseases of sheep. From 1st July 2017, Zolvix can be prescribed by pharmacists and SQPs. AMTRA will shortly be announcing addtional training (CPD) for farm-animal SQPs to ensure they are up to date with the latest advice from SCOPS and COWS on resistance and parasite control. AMTRA will write to all its farm-animal SQPs with details very soon. More information from VMD...
AMTRA supports new promotion of SQPs as Animal Medicine Advisors
AMTRA is launching a new campaign to raise the professional and public profile of SQPs. The campaign – to be headlined 'Ask an SQP – your Animal Medicines Advisor' will get fully underway in the autumn and is aimed at pulling the whole industry behind increasing the understanding of their work. Read more...
Farmers Encouraged to Seek Advice on New Sheep Quarantine Guidelines
Sheep farmers are being encouraged to get advice from their SQP (Suitably Qualified Person) on new SCOPS (Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep) quarantine guidelines. Read more...
Dorset SQP "breaches professional standards"
Dorset SQP, Peter Barker of Barkers Animal Health in Wimborne, has been sent a Letter of Warning by the AMTRA Board after serious concerns were raised about the information contained in a brochure he produced for customers. Read more...
Want to pay your Annual Renewal Fee, see your CPD record or update your contact details?
If you know your SQP number (or have been set up by AMTRA with an employer user-ID) then click here to login, where can pay your annual fee, or check your details and update them if needed. The annual fee for 2017 is again £28 including the £2 discount for paying promptly online.
Or if you have forgotten your password, click here to have us email you a new one.
Looking for forms?
If you're already familiar with the system of becoming an SQP and are just looking for a particular form, you can now find them all in one place on our forms page.
Where asked to do so by the CPD organiser, AMTRA will publish on its website information on accredited CPD seminars available to SQPs. Most seminars are publicised by other means. CPD events open to all SQPs.
Compulsory CPD module
All SQPs must undertake a compulsory CPD module on their legal and professional duties by the end of June 2017. Find out more...
What is an SQP?
"Suitably Qualified Person" is the legal term for animal medicine advisors who form a category of professionally qualified people who are entitled to prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicines in the UK under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.
There are over 6000 SQPs. They include over 700 working in veterinary practices and increasing numbers of registered pet shop staff, suppliers of equine products, and those working in agricultural merchants and country stores.
Find out more about SQPs....
Do you want to become an SQP?
If you are interested in becoming an SQP, to supply and/or prescribe medicines for pets, horses or farm animals, please read the page on becoming an SQP.
If you are already training to become an SQP, please also study the page on becoming an SQP which summarises the next steps and provides easy access to the necessary forms and guidance.
We've attempted to draw together summaries of key information relevant to current SQPs.