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Meet your AMTRA SQP – multi-award winning Mark Pass

I am an AMTRA R-SQP and store manager at Beeston Animal Health in Cheshire and ‘Lead SQP’ for our sister company the Willows Vet Group, where a large proportion of my customers are dairy farmers. We also have a good percentage of beef, sheep, pig and poultry farmers, plus a large base of equine and companion animal customers. After growing...

Keeping the routine key for pets at Christmas

It is that one time of year when nearly all routine goes out of the window, but the family member that won’t be expecting change over the Christmas and New Year festivities, will be your companion animal, pet or horse. To avoid causing distress to pets, and reduce risks of illness and injury, animal medicines advisors are providing a few...

Meet the National Veterinary Practice SQP of the Year – Dawn Prime

A well known name and face throughout the industry, Dawn was named Veterinary Practice SQP of the Year, at the 2018 National SQP Awards, in association with AMTRA, AHDA and OTC. Dawn is a multi-award winning, gold-standard AMTRA SQP. She originally qualified as an EA-SQP in 2014 and become a fully qualified R-SQP in 2015, specialising in companion, equine, avian...

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. Bookings are not yet being taken - we will write to all SQPs when bookings start. In the meantime please put the date in your diary of your local event(s)! (Since the original announcement, the dates for Stirling and Elgin have been swapped to reduce the clash with NSA...

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...