All AMTRA SQPs are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development. The amount of CPD required depends on the type of SQP and on when the SQP 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 SQPs, and those not achieving the required minimum will not be able to renew their SQP registration unless they pass a fresh exam.
Ectoparasites in Dogs and Cats
Enhancing the Professional prescriber role
Sheep wormer resistance
Companion/general : 1430 – 1700 then food break
Farm: 1800 – 2030
Bookings are not yet being taken – we’ll open them nearer the time and write to all SQPs, but in the meantime please put the date of your local event in your diary.
CPD may be a professional requirement but it can also be a profitable investment. For some, this could come from utilising the opportunities now available from social media in order to improve engagement with horse and pet owners. For others, there may be new sales opportunities from new practices in nematode control.
The general day (equine and companion animal) covers a wide range of topics and includes an update session from the VMD on changes to inspection reports and prescribing and recording for horses, as well a session on Lyme disease and other general updates. It will be a busy day, but should give new inspiration and have an element of fun. You also get 48 CPD points!
Avian – this is a day-long module worth 41 CPD points. This can be done as a stand alone CPD day, or delegates can attend the day and then go on to sit an exam to gain qualification as an ‘A-SQP’ on top of their existing qualification. Exam dates for Stoneleigh are available from BETA or AMTRA (it would not be on the same day as the CPD event).
29 January – Scotch Corner
12 February – Stoneleigh Park
12 March – Stoneleigh Park (Avian)
26 March – Exeter
2 April – Kent
3 April – Cambridgeshire
9 April – Perth
10 April – Carlisle
11 June – Haydock Park
18 June – Basingstoke
25 June – Stoneleigh Park
SQPs 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 range of companion-animal accredited CPD. Visit www.beaphar.co.uk then click on ‘Trade Zone’ in the top right and either login or set up an account|
|A new SQP online training school dedicated to providing SQPs in the animal health industry with the the latest information to enhance animal health and behaviour knowledge. Simply register with your SQP 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
|Several CPD modules in each magazine, plus the additional benefit that CPD modules previously published in the magazine are still available on their website.|
|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 SQPs 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.|
Where asked to do so by the CPD organiser, AMTRA will publish on its website information on accredited CPD available to SQPs.
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. SQPs can login here: https://sqptraining.learnupon.com/users/sign_in
The SQP Training website is provided by VBMS, specialists in online training. Courses are provided free of charge and available to all SQPs who have provided a unique email address to AMTRA and agreed to share their contact details. Courses will generally only be offered to SQPs with species qualifications that match each course, e.g. only farm animal qualified SQPs will be offered farm animal based courses.
As per AMTRA rules, SQPs 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.
SQP Webinars is run by “The Webinar Vet”, and offers a series of live webinars (online seminars) aimed at SQPs, giving SQPs a practical way to get AMTRA CPD points – more details of the planned webinars are at www.thewebinarvet.com/webinars .
In addition to the live events, SQP Webinars offer a growing 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.
SQPs 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