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Distribution categories – clarification and reminder

AMTRA has issued a clarification and reminder of what is expected of its SQPs, including during the examination process (written and oral). AMTRA SQPs may supply products in the distribution categories POM-VPS, NFA-VPS and AVM-GSL, consistent with the species modules held as part of their personal AMTRA registration. Almost all farm-animal and horse medicines are prescription-only and thus either POM-V...

Massive boost in AMTRA SQP student registrations, regulatory body AMTRA confirms

Record increases as businesses invest in registered veterinary medicines advisors Record numbers of new student registrations, and a continued growth in qualified AMTRA SQP numbers across farm, equine and pet sectors, has been announced by regulatory body AMTRA. The figures include the second-highest intake of new student AMTRA SQPs ever, in a single quarter. The results, announced at the end...

Survey reveals high SQP support from animal medicines regulatory body, AMTRA

More than 1000 respondents rate the high standards and support, resonating through to profitability benefits and resistance awareness A survey conducted which produced responses from over 1000 AMTRA SQPs, reveals that the regulatory body AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority) is both demonstrating its value to SQPs, but also highlighting the profitability benefits of following good animal medicines advice. The...

Meet your AMTRA SQP… Sammy Stenton – AMTRA R-SQP Student of the Year (all-species)

Sammy Stenton followed quite a different career path before joining Carrs Billington in 2017, becoming an AMTRA SQP by December 2018. Sammy was named as the top R-SQP student of the year (all-species), during the AMTRA awards at the AHDA Conference 2019. Q. What inspired you to qualify as an AMTRA SQP and follow a career as an animal medicines...

Meet your AMTRA SQP… Kathryn Jaquet – AMTRA E-SQP Student of the Year (equine and companion animal)

Kathryn Jaquet is the managing director of a large, family-owned retail equestrian store in Buckinghamshire. Although it might have been a slightly different inspiration than most to become an AMTRA SQP, Kathryn was named as the top E-SQP student of the year (equine and companion animal) at the AMTRA awards during the AHDA Conference 2019. Q. What was your background...

Meet your AMTRA SQP… Louise Hosford – AMTRA Veterinary Nurse SQP Student of the Year

Having qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2006, Louise Hosford has continued her studies throughout her career. Despite an interesting distraction (or two!) during her training, Louise was named as the top Veterinary Nurse SQP Student of the Year at the AMTRA awards, during the AHDA Conference 2019. Q. What inspired you to qualify as an AMTRA SQP? I qualified...

Initial findings of latest AMTRA Mystery Shopper exercise reveal improvements in AMTRA SQP performance

Having completed a second Mystery Shopper exercise following the pilot project in 2016, AMTRA are encouraged by early results from the comprehensive survey into in the in-house performance of AMTRA SQPs, while recognising there is still room for improvement across all distribution channels. The Phase II study, to assess AMTRA SQP performance in-store at the point of product purchase, involved...

Meet your AMTRA SQP – multi-award winning Mark Pass

I am an AMTRA R-SQP and store manager at Beeston Animal Health in Cheshire and ‘Lead SQP’ for our sister company the Willows Vet Group, where a large proportion of my customers are dairy farmers. We also have a good percentage of beef, sheep, pig and poultry farmers, plus a large base of equine and companion animal customers. After growing...

Keeping the routine key for pets at Christmas

It is that one time of year when nearly all routine goes out of the window, but the family member that won’t be expecting change over the Christmas and New Year festivities, will be your companion animal, pet or horse. To avoid causing distress to pets, and reduce risks of illness and injury, animal medicines advisors are providing a few...

Meet the National Veterinary Practice SQP of the Year – Dawn Prime

A well known name and face throughout the industry, Dawn was named Veterinary Practice SQP of the Year, at the 2018 National SQP Awards, in association with AMTRA, AHDA and OTC. Dawn is a multi-award winning, gold-standard AMTRA SQP. She originally qualified as an EA-SQP in 2014 and become a fully qualified R-SQP in 2015, specialising in companion, equine, avian...