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.
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.|
Please note that modules formerly accepted by the magazine Animal Health Advisor (which ceased publication in 2014) are no longer accepted by the publisher and should not be submitted.
Where asked to do so by the CPD organiser, AMTRA will publish on its website information on accredited CPD available to SQPs.
The first of the AHDA/AMTRA CPD roadshow dates are now published:
The events will include an afternoon on external parasites of cats and dogs, companion animal nutrition, VMD inspections (18 points for the afternoon); and an evening on “parasites and profitability”, a “how to” guide to rodenticides, and a guide to correct medicine treatment techniques (17 points for the evening).
More dates will follow soon in other areas around the country – we’ll write to SQPs once bookings have opened and include details here.
Bookings are via the Eventbrite website – please use the links above.
Please pass on details to anyone who might be interested.
Other dates and locations will be announced soon. We will also be supporting a couple of OvertheCounter events in September which will help complete the nationwide coverage.
We understand BETA will once again also be running some events around the country later this year – again, more details when we have them.
Harper Adams are running two sets of CPD events:
For more information and to book, see the Harper Adams website.
BETA are running their Avian CPD/training day on 20 June. Although partly aimed at people looking to qualify as Avian SQPs, this also counts as general CPD for qualified SQPs, particularly of interest to those of you dealing with poultry medicines, and is worth 41 CPD points.
For more information, contact Tina Hustler at BETA: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01937 587062.
The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, Suffolk, is holding a CPD day on 7 June particularly aimed at SQPs. Material covered includes the psychological effects of treatment options, the Pet Travel Scheme, lungworm, equine parasitology, and an opportunity at lunchtime to tour the Centre for Small Animal Studies and the Cancer Centre. The day has been awarded 30 CPD points.
To book or for more details, see the AHT website.
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.
Details of what’s available are at www.sqpwebinars.com
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.sqpwebinars.com