It is important that all farm-animal SQPs read and understand this note.
As I hope you are aware, AMTRA has agreed with VMD that all farm animal SQPs qualifying before April 2017 should undergo some compulsory farm-animal CPD, focused on resistance and parasite control. (This is different from the compulsory CPD on legal and professional duties of SQPs which was due by 30 June 2017 – that obligation is complete and not being repeated in the current CPD period.)
Several things have changed:
With these changes in mind, AMTRA has agreed with VMD this new farm-animal CPD requirement. You must gain 32 points of this material, which includes some multiple-choice questions to check understanding. The 32 points of this compulsory material will count towards your normal overall CPD points requirement in the current 2-year period, so isn’t an extra amount of CPD, just bringing some of it forward to earlier in the two-year CPD period.
More than 60% of you have already started, which is great to see, but we want to see that number climbing towards 100% soon. All four modules are available online for you to access now.
Please start now: go to www.amtra-academy.org.uk and login in with your SQP Number (starting with a Q) as both the username and the password. Do not use your password from the main AMTRA website. You do not need to register as a new user.
You must watch all of the video, and also get at least 80% right on the questions asked, though you can have as many goes at the questions as are necessary. As with all CPD, points will be added to your record when we’ve received the information and processed it – this is not immediately. We generally advise you allow 6 weeks for CPD points information to reach your AMTRA CPD record, and though it should be quicker than that here, it will not be immediate so please don’t chase us for missing points.
AMTRA originally agreed a deadline of 30 September 2017 with VMD. We are sorry that it took longer than we expected for us to get the online CPD provision up and running. Bearing in mind that delay and after listening to feedback from SQPs and employers, and bearing in mind that very little of these medicines will be prescribed over the winter, we have now agreed with VMD that all farm SQPs will complete by 31 January 2018.
Other options for gaining at least some of these 32 points have been available in addition to the online AMTRA Academy, which address the same key topics by different means: these included the AMTRA/AHDA roadshow in May/June, and the module on incorporating Zolvix into sustainable worm control programmes available via the VBMS SQP Learning website: the obligation is to gain 32 of these “special” CPD points, but how that is reached is up to individual SQPs. Further options might be announced during the autumn, but we strongly encourage SQPs not to wait for what might not arrive, and instead make a start now with the online provision via the AMTRA Academy.
We are looking at providing more face-to-face training in the early autumn in conjunction with AHDA, and will make further announcements on this shortly.
So if you can access it online, please start now, and do a little bit at a time: don’t leave it till the last minute and have to do it all in one go.