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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...

Meet your veterinary nurse SQP representative on the AMTRA council – Alison Holloway

Alison Holloway of Rase Veterinary Centre’s Spilsby surgery in Lincolnshire, was elected onto the AMTRA council as the RVN-SQP representative in 2017. A farmer’s daughter and keen horse-owner from Lincolnshire, Alison is keen to champion the role of the RVN-SQP within practices of all sizes, having qualified herself as an R-SQP in 2009 with the second highest mark that year....

Revised dates for Scotland – AMTRA and AHDA Roadshow dates confirmed

AMTRA SQPs have the perfect opportunity to top up their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points next summer, as AMTRA and AHDA announce the dates for the 2019 CPD roadshow. Taking place from May until the end of June 2019, the CPD roadshow will take in 12 venues throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. “We are now well in to...

Don’t forget your passport! – Horse owners advised they could be asked for the horse passport on supply of horse medicines

Horse owners and livery yards are being advised to bring their horse’s passport when purchasing animal medicines such as wormers. This follows a horse medicines guidance update from the VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate) which says that prescribers should ask to see the passport. Stephen Dawson, secretary general of AMTRA, the regulatory authority representing some 7,000 AMTRA SQPs, registered animal medicines...

Save the date – AMTRA and AHDA announce 2019 roadshow dates

AMTRA and AHDA have announced dates for our 2019 CPD roadshow. Bookings are not yet being taken - we will write to all SQPs when bookings start. In the meantime please put the date in your diary of your local event(s)! (Since the original announcement, the dates for Stirling and Elgin have been swapped to reduce the clash with NSA...