All AMTRA RAMAs (SQPs) are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development. The amount of CPD required depends on the type of RAMA and on when the RAMA qualified. With the exception of small amounts of personal study, all CPD must be accredited by AMTRA in advance. AMTRA will keep a record of CPD points accumulated by RAMAs, and those not achieving the required minimum will not be able to renew their AMTRA registration unless they pass a fresh exam.
VBMS, trading here as SQP Training, offer a range of online CPD. The AMTRA-accredited training courses available vary from time to time, but usually include a range of farm, equine and companion-animal content. Visit the website to see what’s available at the moment. RAMAs (SQPs) can login here: https://sqptraining.vbms-training.co.uk
Courses are provided free of charge and available to all RAMAs who have provided a unique email address to AMTRA and agreed to share their contact details. Courses will generally only be offered to RAMAs with species qualifications that match each course, e.g. only farm animal qualified RAMAs will be offered farm animal based courses.
As per AMTRA rules, RAMAs will only be credited once with points for each course completed within a 12 month period, regardless of the format taken (face to face or online). In order to check which courses you have completed and when you may be eligible to retake courses to earn new CPD points, please login to your AMTRA account.
Each issue of the OvertheCounter magazine has a range of useful CPD modules on various topics, plus the additional benefit that many CPD modules previously published in the magazine are still available on their website.
Completing a range of training modules across different species ensures that you are kept up to date and further your knowledge on a wide range of subjects, and doing so throughout the year avoids any last-minute panic to gain the CPD points required by AMTRA.
RAMAs can gain their minimum CPD points from whatever type of AMTRA-accredited CPD suits them best, online or face-to-face. Written or audiovisual material accompanied by a set of multiple-choice questions is one popular way to gain CPD.
A range of organisations provide such CPD including the following. Other providers also offer such material from time to time.
|Veterinary Medicines CPD from Veterinary Prescriber. Succinct e-modules on companion-animal medicines from an independent source. We offer a wide range of modules that will help you develop confident product knowledge and give pet owners the best advice. Each module is worth 2 AMTRA points. Subscribe for £7.50 per month for access to the full library of modules and a new one every month. cpd.veterinaryprescriber.org|
|Beaphar have a wide range of companion-animal accredited CPD modules available. We are committed to providing RAMAs with the latest information and training on animal health, and are constantly reviewing our content to ensure we provide a diverse and comprehensive selection of CPD. Simply visit www.beaphar.co.uk then click on ‘Training Zone’ in the top right and either login or set up an account|
|A new online training school dedicated to providing RAMAs (SQPs) in the animal health industry with the the latest information to enhance animal health and behaviour knowledge. Simply register with your AMTRA number to access the current canine and feline behaviour modules worth a total of 8 AMTRA points.
Get your additional CPD points today by visiting www.cevacpd.co.uk
|CPD articles and quizzes in some editions – some of the previous CPD is available on their website.|
|Monthly parasite forecast and disease bulletin gaining CPD points – available via their website.|
|Bayer’s CPD website for companion animal RAMAs has five modules and a total of 14 AMTRA CPD points available. The five modules are: understanding endoparasites, understanding ectoparasites, pet travel, dispensing & pharmacy management, and Angiostrongylus vasorum.
PLEASE NOTE: this material will be removed from 5pm on Friday 10 July, pending a relaunch under the new Elanco ownership at some point in the future.
|ONCORE online course: Practical Infection Control Suitable for: Vets, vet nurses, students. Those in a leadership position in practice looking to update infection control protocols would also benefit from this course.
Course duration: 3 weeks (8 hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)
Course type: Fully supported interactive online
|BSAVA Dispensing course: Practical Infection Control This course meets the RCVS practice standards veterinary hospital Dispensing course requirements and is ideal for the new PSS Medicines Award CPD requirement.
It is also AMTRA accredited and carries 41 AMTRA CPD points.
It is suitable for Vets, Vet Nurses and other staff who deal with the dispensing of medicines and the pharmacy.
Where asked to do so by the CPD organiser, AMTRA will publish on its website information on accredited CPD available to RAMAs.
SQP Webinars is run by “The Webinar Vet”, and offers an archive of recorded webinars which also gain AMTRA CPD points – some of them free of charge.Details of what’s available are at www.thewebinarvet.com/webinars
Webinars allow you to gain your CPD with a fraction of the cost and effort of travelling to a physical seminar.
Most of the webinars that have taken place so far have each been worth 8 points of CPD but all are subject to accreditation and in future other webinars might have a different points award. You must watch them live and must log in under your own name to prove you have attended. There is also a quiz that you must answer to gain the CPD points.
These courses normally cost £30 plus VAT, though there are special offers from time to time. To book your place, just visit www.thewebinarvet.com/webinars
Bimeda UK are delighted to launch a new interactive online CPD module on liver fluke. This webinar, ‘Focus on Fluke’ is hosted by Philip Skuce of Moredun who is an expert in this area.
RAMAs can earn 8 AMTRA points.
We should be working with our farmers now to discuss liver fluke control plans ahead of the high risk season to ensure the best outcome for welfare and productivity. This webinar covers pro-active approaches to managing fluke risk and responsible use of treatments.
Register now at: www.bimeda-learning.co.uk