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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: 15 May - Ludlow 16 May - Carmarthen 22 May - Cornwall 23 May - Somerset 4 June - Buxton 5 June - N. Wales 6 June - Worcester 12 June - Elgin 13 June - Stirling 19 June - N. Ireland 25 June - Cumbria 26 June -...

Keep calm… and help our companion animals during firework festivals

It’s not just cats and dogs that can suffer, warn animal medicines advisors Companion animal and horse owners are being advised to take sensible precautions as we head towards Bonfire Night, and other upcoming festive firework celebrations. “Bonfire Night is obviously a focus,” explains animal medicines advisor Sharon Groves, owner of Isle of Wight pet store Pets with Hart, “But...

Your companion animal SQP representative on the AMTRA council – Craig Smith

Craig is a retail operations director at Pets at Home, he has been on the AMTRA council since 2014 and is also a council member on AHDA. “Pets at Home employs well over 2000 SQPs, with the number increasing constantly,” says Craig. “This gives me great insight into what is important to SQPs (Animal Medicines Advisors) and what customers buying licensed medicines...

Love Lamb Week… Love your SQP all year-round

AMTRA SQPs play a vital role in health, welfare and performance of sheep flocks in UK Year-round access to British lamb, and farmer pressures on improved performance and profitability, means the role of animal medicines advisors, has never been more important. The Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) is the professional regulator for AMTRA Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs), a legal...

Your companion animal SQP representative on the AMTRA council – Sharon Groves

Sharon Groves, owner of independent pet and smallholder store, Pets with Hart in Newport on the Isle of Wight, was elected as a companion animal SQP representative in 2017. A gold standard SQP, Sharon is actually an R-SQP but due to the demographics on the Isle of Wight, she concentrates on the small animal sector. “I feel I can share...

Your equine SQP representative on the AMTRA council – Kirsty McGovern

Kirsty McGovern was elected to the AMTRA council as equine SQP representative in 2017, and is currently a buyer for Millbry Hill, having worked in the equestrian retail industry for 17 years. Kirsty has been an SQP for over 10 years, and is also a WQP for Armstrong Richardson. “I have a keen interest in developing the SQP role and...

Meet your SQP representative – Andrew Pattison

Your farm animal SQP representative on the AMTRA council – Andrew Pattison Andrew Pattison joined the AMTRA council as farm animal SQP representative in 2017, and is a familiar face to many over a 30-year career as farm-centre manager at RM Jones in Herefordshire. He has also had hands-on experience, having kept a flock of 200 ewes for 15 years...