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AMTRA exams restarting

AMTRA is pleased to advise that the first exam since mid-March is now available for booking. We know that this is very short notice, but feedback suggests some will still want to take their exam very soon. This first exam is on Wednesday 12 August at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. This first exam does not include the farm-animal module...

OvertheCounter offering regular fresh CPD to all RAMAs

OvertheCounter has been working with AMTRA from the very beginning of the CPD requirement, and continues to offer a wide range of CPD for all RAMAs, with several new modules in each issue of the magazine. Doing those that are relevant to you in each issue provides a good foundation and over the two-year CPD period will get you a...

AMTRA and VBMS supporting online provision of CPD for RAMAs

Professionals were already turning to online CPD in growing numbers before Covid – we’ve witnessed a 75% fall in attendance at the AMTRA/AHDA roadshows, for instance. Covid is thus accelerating an existing trend. The benefits are clear: No travel requirements, saving time and money 24/7 access, allowing you flexibility of when to log in Being internet based, material can be...

Coronavirus update – 31 July

AMTRA exams The first AMTRA exam since the Covid-associated cancellations takes place on 12 August with special provisions. More details... The normal 24-month window to sit any exams without additional charge will be extended. We hope and expect that further exams will be scheduled soon once the pilot exam on 12 August has taken place. AMTRA CPD AMTRA strongly encourages...

AMTRA Exams – an update

In the context of the Covid-19 situation, AMTRA has decided to cancel AMTRA exams at Greenmount on 1/2 July, LANTA/Stoneleigh Park on 7 July, and Writtle on 8/9 July. We're sorry that circumstances mean we have to let RAMAs down when everyone has worked so hard towards gaining their qualification. At the present time we are continuing to explore whether...

New RAMA representatives welcomed to the AMTRA council

Four new animal medicines advisor representatives elected on to AMTRA council following online and postal ballot Four new Registered Animal Medicines Advisor (RAMA) representatives and one returning member have taken their seat on the AMTRA council following the online and postal ballot earlier this year. Sarah Brooks, Stella Kendall, Dawn Prime and Cara Baillie join Andrew Pattison who returns for...

Coronavirus: temporary change of premises

In addition to the change to allow remote prescribing and authorisation of supply, communicated last week, VMD have also advised that, effective immediately, and until at least 31 May 2020, there are two further changes to enforcement policy. First, a RAMA/SQP will be allowed to supply veterinary medicines from temporary premises when access to the currently authorised SQP retailer premises...

Coronavirus: Prescribing & authorisation of supply

AMTRA has welcomed an important change in enforcement policy from VMD in the light of the Covid-19 epidemic. As you will be aware, the normal obligations on you as a RAMA (SQP) under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations and the associated Code of Practice are that when a POM-VPS or NFA-VPS product is supplied, you must: hand over or despatch the...

Coronavirus update – 20 May

AMTRA exams All AMTRA exams until mid-July have been cancelled. We will keep the situation under review for subsequent exams. For the avoidance of doubt, if we do have to cancel exams, then the normal 24-month window to sit any exams without additional charge will be extended. We will let people booked on those exams know as soon as a...

Coronavirus update – 27 March

Businesses permitted to stay open The Regulations which came into force at 1pm on Thursday (26th March) exempt “pet shops”, “agricultural supplies shop”, and “veterinary surgeons” from the general closure instructions to retail stores, and these types of retail stores may stay open. There is no reference to equine stores as being permitted to stay open, despite requests to DEFRA...