Becoming an AMTRA SQP: exam results

It normally takes around nine weeks for you to receive your exam results – please be patient. Occasionally for a particular exam we may need up to ten weeks in which case we will make this clear on our website. Your exam papers have first to be marked, and in some cases second-marked, then referred to a Board meeting of Harper Adams University for them to be formally adopted. These meetings take place approximately monthly but can be at longer intervals. After the Board meeting, any queries need to be resolved, the results need to be signed off internally within Harper Adams, and then provided to AMTRA, who then need to process them and then write to candidates.

AMTRA and Harper Adams will write to you separately: AMTRA tells you about your professional status as an SQP, and Harper Adams about your academic status.

AMTRA will advise you which modules you’ve passed, and whether you’ve passed the viva (oral exam), and thus whether you have become an SQP and if so which type. Harper Adams will write to you separately with your precise exam results in each module. Although AMTRA and Harper Adams normally try to coordinate our communications, occasionally there may be a short gap. Please do not contact either Harper or AMTRA seeking any “missing” communication until a week after you’ve received the results from one of us.

To be on the AMTRA SQP Register, you must have passed:

  • the Base module, and
  • at least one species module (i.e. farm animal, equine, companion animal or avian), and
  • the viva (oral exam) – the viva must have been passed within 24 months of the relevant written exams.

If you failed one or more species module, but still satisfy the three points above, you will still be an SQP, but with a more restrictive classification. For instance, if you tried to become an all-species SQP (R-SQP) but only passed the base and farm animal modules and the viva, you will be an L-SQP, able to prescribe and supply for farm animals but not equines or companion animals.

Alternatively you must have passed the Veterinary Nurse conversion exam which is equivalent to passing the Base and Companion Animal modules, plus the AMTRA viva; or you must have passed the relevant modules of the Veterinary Pharmacy Education Programme plus the AMTRA viva.


If you failed some or all modules of the exam, or you failed the viva (oral exam) you may re-sit those modules a limited number of times on payment of the appropriate re-sit fee. It should be noted that the re-sit fees for modules are higher than the equivalent fees included in the initial enrolment fee.

You can re-sit modules at any of the exam centres (see exams and courses), even if the module itself is not being offered for the first time (so you could do an equine re-sit even if the exam was primarily for base and companion animal modules), subject to there being sufficient time available for your chosen module(s).

You may have a total of three attempts at each module, and exceptionally permission for a fourth attempt may be granted by Harper Adams. Note that AMTRA will normally consider four attempts the maximum allowed.

To book a re-sit, please complete and return the “Individual Modules Exam Application Form”, reference A04 (not the Standard Examination Booking Form, reference A03) available from the AMTRA website.


Becoming an AMTRA SQP: How the process works

  • Introduction
  • Enrol with AMTRA
  • Book an exam – including the first exam, separate sittings, re-sits, the viva (oral exam), the farm animal module, withdrawal/cancellation fees
  • Exam results (this page) – including when you will get your results, and more on re-sits
  • What happens next – including CPD, annual fees, keeping AMTRA updated, upgrades (adding extra modules), and premises registration