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Advice on autumn liver fluke control in sheep and cattle for RAMAs and Veterinarians.

Changing practice may be the best way As fluke risk can vary considerably from year to year, between regions and even between neighbouring farms, every farm needs to be considered individually. We strongly advise RAMAs and Veterinarians to recommend diagnostic testing for liver fluke before treating. This will allow you to tailor the best control advice to each farm, which...

Medicines Update

New MAs and changes made and published to end of July 2020 The points below highlight changes in marketing authorisations (MAs) that may have a significant impact on veterinary surgeons’ prescribing decisions. New marketing authorisations New marketing authorisations relevant to veterinary surgeons in the UK that were issued or published in July are listed in Table 1. Table 1 also...

Coronavirus Update, September 2020: Prescribing & authorisation of supply

On 31 August the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) ended the temporary relaxation of the enforcement of specific provisions of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 (VMR) covering certain aspects of the prescribing and supply of veterinary medicines. The step taken by the VMD at the start of lockdown, allowed SQPs to prescribe and authorise supply of veterinary medicines remotely for the...

AMTRA exams restarting

AMTRA is pleased to advise that exams are now available for booking once again. Feedback suggests some individuals and businesses are now keen to return to the opportunity to take exams. A range of measures have been adopted to ensure that the exams can proceed safely. Candidates will be required to acknowledge and accept the adapted measures. The first two...

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...