Written exams: questions and scenarios

Some sample question and answers are included at the back of your AMTRA training manual. Additionally, there are some questions where you can test your knowledge in the Harper Adams Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (Learning Hub). These are the only questions and answers available – there are no further past papers.

All exam papers will have some “administration of product” questions. In addition each exam paper will test your ability to use SPCs (via the data sheet compendium that is available for every candidate in every written exam). This may be, for example, assessing dose rates, withholding periods, contraindications and warnings or asking you to find a suitable product to match a defined scenario. There may be a range of “right answers” depending on the product you choose as your example.

The scenario-based questions for the avian, equine and companion papers test your ability to fully manage the perfect transaction following the SQP Code of Practice. Thus we are looking for evidence you fulfils relevant parts of paragraphs 30 to 36 of the Code.

A statement that you would do this (for instance, “I would advise on warnings and contraindications”) is not enough. The required information relating to the specific chosen product must be given, to ensure you are able to use the SPC to give the correct advice.

Companion Scenario

Please provide:

  • General advice specific to any question the “customer” may ask in the scenario. This may include information about specific parasites, human health risks, management methods to reduce risk e.g. hand washing and poop scooping etc.
  • The questions that should be asked in order to gain enough information to make an appropriate product decision. (If you choose to do this in a question and answer way, this is fine, but a short explanation on why the question is relevant would gain more marks).
  • An explanation of what the chosen product will, or will not do.
  • Any relevant contra-indications and warnings relevant to the specific product chosen.
  • Details of administration of the chosen product: dose, frequency and exactly HOW to administer the product.
  • How to store the chosen product
  • Disposal of remainder of product and packaging
  • Best practice on records

Please note that a mark less than a pass mark will be awarded for this question if insufficient information is given; significant errors made; or if the animal is endangered by supply of a product that is not licenced for it, disregard of relevant contraindications (e.g. potential pregnancy and some products), or inappropriate dose rates.

Equine Scenario

Please provide:

  • General advice specific to any question the “customer” may ask in the scenario. This may include information on epidemiology of specific parasites, management methods to reduce risk e.g. pooh picking, use of quarantine dosing if applicable, use of FEC and the issues on wormer resistance, how to get equine weight
  • The questions that should be asked in order to gain enough information to make an appropriate product decision (if you choose to do this in a question and answer way, this is fine, but a short explanation on why the question is relevant would gain more marks).
  • An explanation of what the chosen product will, or will not do.
  • Any relevant contra-indications and warnings relevant to the specific product chosen.
  • Code of Practice section 35 information on supply of chosen product relevant to passport status.
  • Details of administration of the chosen product: dose, frequency and exactly HOW to safely administer the product
  • How to store the chosen product (risks to other species)
  • Disposal of remainder of product and packaging
  • Records required

Please note that a mark less than a pass mark will be awarded for this question if insufficient information is given; significant errors made; the animal is endangered by supply of a product that is not licenced for it, disregard of relevant contraindications (e.g. potential pregnancy and some products), or inappropriate dose rates; or failure to undertake section 35 of Code of Practice.

Avian Scenario

Please provide:

  • General advice specific to any question the “customer” may ask in the scenario. This may include information on epidemiology of specific parasites, management methods to reduce risk, e.g. pasture rotation, use of quarantine dosing if applicable, use of FEC
  • The questions that should be asked in order to gain enough information to make an appropriate product decision (if you choose to do this in a question and answer way, this is fine, but a short explanation on why the question is relevant would gain more marks).
  • An explanation of what the chosen product will, or will not do.
  • Any relevant contra-indications and warnings relevant to the specific product chosen. Please note here the VMD restrictions on the use of small volume flubendazole products and their derivatives in birds that are for sale or producing products for sale
  • Please also note poultry of food-producing species can NEVER be given SAES products whatever their individual purpose without veterinary prescription under the cascade
  • Details of administration of the chosen product: dose, frequency and exactly HOW to safely administer the product
  • Any health and safety issues
  • How to store the chosen product
  • Disposal of remainder of product and packaging
  • Records required

Please note that a mark less than a pass mark will be awarded for this question if insufficient information is given; significant errors made; the birds are endangered by supply of a product that is not licenced for it, disregard of relevant contraindications (e.g. sale of eggs) or inappropriate dose rates; or failure to follow legislative guidelines.

Farm animal module

You will be sent a farm descriptor by Harper Adams University 3-6 weeks before your booked exam date. That farm descriptor will also be attached to the exam paper.

These farm descriptors will change on a regular basis, either in minor or substantial details.

You will be expected to answer the exam questions based on the farm descriptor provided to them for their exam – not a previous version.

You will be asked in SECTION A to:

Prepare a detailed control programme for either endoparasites, ectoparasites or use of vaccines for a defined farm animal species on the farm described. They will be asked to consider management as well as medicinal products, but cannot change the nature of the farm or the fundamentals of the business plan. There will be no pre-knowledge of which species or topic will appear in the exam. There will be no choice in the exam.

You will be asked to discuss what an SQP should do in respect of prescription and supply of the medicinal products they have identified.

Marks will be awarded for:

  1. Clear practical control plan using products and timing appropriate for the study farm with justification for the choices made. All ages of the relevant species must be covered for an entire production year. Include management control methods.
  2. Clear consideration of responsible use of medicines (including, except for a vaccine question, addressing resistance)
  3. Comprehensive discussion of the requirements of the SQP Code of Practice and VMD guidance on retail of veterinary medicines in the prescription and supply of these products FOR THIS FARM, e.g. any supplementary questions, advice on administration, contraindications and warnings, storage, disposal, records, etc.

SECTION B will still focus on the same farm but will consist of short answer questions that will cover the farm species not specified in Section A, and the parasite group/vaccine options not covered. At least 1 question will focus on each of the 4 farmed species groups. Thus Section B will be matched with its own Section A.

SECTION C will be short answer and multiple-choice questions to cover the wider range of information and background knowledge.

Re-sit/reassessment papers will be in the same format but will be based on an entirely different farm description – which in itself will be modified regularly.