AMTRA SQP exams

A list of forthcoming exam dates is available on the AMTRA website.

Your exam booking form is enclosed with your training manual, inside the front pocket. Further copies can be downloaded from the AMTRA website (form reference A03).

Booking your place on a training course is NOT the same as booking your place at the exam. You must always send AMTRA an exam booking form if you intend to sit the exam, regardless of where you are planning to take the exam (or whether you’ve separately booked a training course).

 

Exams must be booked with AMTRA an absolute minimum of three weeks before the exam takes place[1] – and some exams fill up well in advance.

 

AMTRA will acknowledge receipt of your exam booking form with a pink postcard sent to your home address. If you do not receive this within a week of submitting your exam form (or less if you are submitting very close to the three-week deadline), please telephone AMTRA.

 

Your first exam attempt must be taken within 24 months of enrolling with AMTRA (otherwise AMTRA will charge a supplementary fee). You must have enrolled with AMTRA first before booking your exam – booking a training course with a college is not the same as booking the exam with AMTRA.

Please note exams may become fully booked, and that all exams are subject to minimum numbers: we regret that very occasionally it may be necessary to cancel an exam if insufficient people book for a particular date.

The examination fee for your first attempt is included in your original enrolment fee[2].

Written exam duration

Most candidates are examined separately in the Base Module (written examination, 1½ hours) together with whichever species modules you have chosen:

  • The Farm Animal Module (written examination, 2 hours)
  • The Equine Module (written examination, 1¼ hours)
  • The Companion Animal Module (written examination, 1¼ hours)
  • The Avian Module (written examination, 1¼ hours)

To become an AMTRA SQP you must pass the Base module, at least one species module, and the viva (oral exam).

Registered Veterinary Nurses will take just one written exam:

  • The Veterinary Nurse module (written examination, 2 hours)

Those qualifying via the Veterinary Pharmacy Education Programme will have their own series of exams – details from Harper Adams University.

To count towards the AMTRA SQP qualification, the viva must be passed not more than 24 months before the written exams, so if written exams are passed a long time after the viva (for instance after re-sits), then AMTRA will require a fresh viva (at the normal re-sit cost) before considering you for registration as an SQP.

Furthermore, if you fail all your written modules, AMTRA will normally require you to take a fresh viva (at the normal re-sit cost).

 

The written exam

Before sitting the written exam, please study the section of this document AMTRA Examinations: Things you need to know which incorporates the Rules & Regulations for AMTRA Exams. Also please check the rules on Entry to AMTRA SQP Examinations (in this manual attached to the exam booking form, and on the AMTRA website) – you will need approved photo ID.

You will be provided with a copy of the AMTRA SQP version of the NOAH Compendium in the exam room. The Compendium includes a copy of the SQP Code of Practice and VMD’s guidance on “Retail of veterinary medicines”. Exam questions in the Base module which relate to legislation take account of the fact that the Code of Practice and the guidance will be available in the exam room (since you will have a Compendium), with appropriate emphasis on understanding and implementation of the Code rather than on factual knowledge.

No marks are given to answers which contain advice or actions not compatible with the law, the SQP Code of Practice, or with data sheet recommendations (e.g. supplying a wormer contraindicated in pregnancy to a female animal without checking if it could be pregnant or even checking its gender, or supplying a sheep wormer for use in goats).

 

Exam centres are suitable for access by wheelchair or by others with mobility difficulties, but if this is likely to be relevant to you, please contact Harper Adams University before your exam.

 

There is no negative marking in any of the written papers – it used to be the case that for some of the multiple-choice questions, an incorrect answer was awarded minus one mark: that is no longer the case.

 

[1] To be precise, an exam booking form must be received by the AMTRA office by 1pm on the day three weeks before a set of exams, or if that day is a public holiday then by 1pm on the working day that precedes that day. If the set of exams at a centre runs over two days, then the deadline is three weeks prior to the first of the two days, even if you are only being examined on the second day.

[2] Your enrolment fee includes your exam fees for your first attempt on one occasion: additional fees are charged if you spread your first attempts at the various modules over multiple exam dates. Additional fees are charged for second and subsequent attempts.