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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...

Coronavirus Update – 26th March

Further advice for RAMAs/SQPs. Pet stores are in the list of retail stores that are permitted by government to stay open - but if staying open, should do so in such a way as to protect the health of employees and customers, implementing the social distancing advice of government. It would be sensible, and recommended by AMTRA, for such opening...

Coronavirus update – 20 March

20 March - third update AMTRA has asked Government that RAMA/SQP retailers be exempted from any further emergency provisions that the government might introduce to close certain retailers. "Veterinary services" have been defined as essential, and we have pointed out that RAMA/SQP retailers form a key part in the UK's delivery of veterinary services across farm, equine and companion animals....

AMTRA warns against stocking up animal medicines amid Coronavirus escalation

Farmers and animal health-care professionals are being warned to avoid stockpiling of prescription-only animal medicines, and AMTRA warns it is both illegal and counter-productive. Amid isolated reports of some encouragement being made to farmers to stock up in the light of the developing coronavirus situation, AMTRA has highlighted the potential dangers to animal health and welfare, while also reminding of...

Level 5 qualification for animal medicines advisors as AMTRA and Harper Adams University broaden syllabus and assessment

Equine and farm animal medicines advisor qualification formally moves to Level 5 A broadening of the syllabus and deepening of the assessment for AMTRA registered animal medicines advisors, also known as SQPs, has seen the formal move to Level 5 qualifications from February 2020. The move, in conjunction with key training partner Harper Adams University, further reinforces the professional status...