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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...

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...