SQPs may only supply veterinary medicines for which they are qualified from registered premises – that is, a Veterinary Practice Premises (VPP) registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS); a retail pharmacy registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI); or, most commonly, premises approved as SQP Retailers’ premises by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
Please note that if you are setting up a new SQP Retailers’ premises, you must apply directly to the VMD’s Inspections & Investigations Team (previously known as the Animal Medicines Inspectorate) with the appropriate payment. This does not happen automatically once you’ve passed your SQP exam. The premises must be inspected and approved before veterinary medicines can be obtained and supplied. The VMD aims to process applications within 10 working days and conduct the approval inspection within 30 days of the application being processed. The VMD’s contact details are given below:
Tel. 01932 338475
Inspections & Investigations Team
Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Surrey KT15 3LS
Note that because some avian species are food-producing, any premises supplying medicines for avians must be registered as category “AM”, which carries the higher fee, currently £265.