AMTRA-accredited SQP CPD available to all.

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.


The 2020 AHDA Conference takes place on 15-16 January at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel at the NEC. AHDA estimate that up to 48 SQP CPD points may be available, but this is subject to confirmation by AMTRA when more details are available.

Day One will start with a key note speaker. All delegates will then be able to attend a range of workshops (all earning CPD points) which will include relevant thought provoking topics. On Day Two, we focus on a range of topics relevant to today’s world in animal health and welfare. For the 2020 event, these sessions will be split into “Farm Animal” and “Companion Animal & Equine” – delegates can of course move between the two topics. As soon as the programme is finalised AHDA will confirm the title of the session, the name of the speaker and the number of CPD points available.

More information via AHDA’s page on the Eventbrite website – for further queries, please contact AHDA.


Moredun Sheep and Cattle Health and Welfare Day at Harper Adams University, 28 January 2020.

Many of the vaccines, diagnostic tests and disease control strategies used on livestock farms today have been developed at Moredun, which is at the forefront of livestock disease prevention and control. Please join us for another informative day with scientists from the Moredun Research Institute, staff of Harper Adams and our sponsor MSD Animal Health.

Over recent years Moredun have produced some excellent animations to improve our understanding of the key features of some of the most challenging endemic diseases (sheep scab, BVD, roundworms and liver fluke) and these will be shown throughout the day alongside practical demonstrations. Please join us for an update on key diseases and to learn more about keeping cattle and sheep healthy to improve the sustainability of UK livestock.

Worth 28 CPD points – for more details and to book your place, see the Harper Adams website.


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. SQPs can login here:  https://sqptraining.learnupon.com/users/sign_in

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.


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.


Other online CPD

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 wide range of companion-animal accredited CPD modules available. We are committed to providing SQPs 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 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

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.
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.


Other CPD open to all SQPs

Where asked to do so by the CPD organiser, AMTRA will publish on its website information on accredited CPD available to SQPs.

SQP Webinars from The Webinar Vet – live and now recorded too

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 liver fluke

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