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When the sun comes out, so do the ticks and fleas, warn animal medicine advisors

As the early summer sun finally starts to brighten up the days after a long and wet spring, pet owners are being urged to take a few simple precautions to make sure companion animals can enjoy the season too. The warmer weather not only encourages more of us to venture into the great outdoors, but also brings out some more...

Top tips for a healthy summer for your pet

As the summer sun finally arrives, animal medicines advisors are urging all pet owners to take extra precautions to help avoid common problems over the warmer months. SQPs, or Suitably Qualified Persons, are advising all animal owners to keep on top of worming treatments, particularly those with puppies and kittens. Sharon Groves, owner of Pets with Hart on the Isle...

Update to SQP exam looks to improve anthelmintic prescription channels for dairy farmers

Qualified animal medicine advisors an important prescribing channel in farm helminth control Strengthening relations with farmers and broadening the skill levels for animal medicines advisors was the catalyst behind a revision to the farm-SQP (Suitably Qualified Person) syllabus and exam, introduced by AMTRA, the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority. The updates precede the findings of a Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)...

AMTRA announces 2018 SQP Industry Award Winners

News Release 19-01-2017 The AMTRA SQP prize winners were revealed this week during the SQP industry awards ceremony at the AHDA dinner, taking place alongside AHDA’s annual conference at the Hilton Metropole Hotel at Birmingham’s NEC. Having claimed the highest scores in professional examinations over hundreds of their peers across the UK, the winners have been named as Robyn Brown...

New research demonstrates value of SQP to the farming and equine industry

Face to face contact still viewed as crucial in interaction between animal owner and prescriber Encouraging findings from a VMD funded research project reveal that along with veterinary surgeons, SQPs are fulfilling a valuable and effective role in both farm and equine helminth control, while highlighting areas for improvement to deliver best practice and improve animal health and welfare, and...

New farm SQP syllabus and exam addresses extended requirements and gaps in knowledge transfer

Changes to syllabus reflects recent research findings and is set to strengthen farm-SQPs role Strengthening relations with farmers and broadening the skill levels for SQPs has been the catalyst behind a revision to the farm-SQP syllabus and exam, announced by AMTRA earlier this year. The changes are designed not only to increase significantly the depth of farm SQPs’ knowledge on...

Don’t leave CPD to the last minute

AMTRA urges SQPs to be proactive and take advantage of opportunities available After an encouraging early uptake at the start of the current AMTRA SQP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) period, AMTRA animal medicine advisors are being urged to keep ahead of the game and take advantage of the many opportunities to top up their CPD points regularly. “It is quite...

Joined-up approach helps animal medicines advisors become a bigger part of the solution

Over the last year AMTRA has been embracing an on-going campaign geared towards farmers, the companion animal industry and the equine sector to raise awareness of the role of the SQP, and the qualified advice and expertise the SQP can provide ahead of and during the supply and prescription of animal medicines. But what is AMTRA? What does it do,...

Zolvix: change of legal category

The VMD has agreed to a request from the manufacturer (Elanco) to change the legal distribution category of Zolvix 25 mg/ml Oral Solution, an anthelmintic for sheep, from POM-V to POM-VPS. Zolvix  is authorised for the treatment and control of gastro-intestinal nematode infections and associated diseases of sheep. From 1st July 2017, Zolvix can be prescribed by pharmacists and SQPs....

AMTRA supports new promotion of SQPs as Animal Medicine Advisors

Independent regulatory authority AMTRA is launching a new campaign to raise the professional and public profile of SQPs. With over 6000 SQPs (Suitably Qualified Persons) working across the companion animal, farming and equine sectors, these qualified professionals offer free and impartial advice on issues such as resistance, responsible use and improved health. The campaign – to be headlined ‘Ask an...