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Pet Care Trade Association workshops on first aid and domestic poultry

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

PCTA are running two seminars in Bedford that have been AMTRA accredited, on 5 September on first aid (for pets), and on 28 September on domestic poultry, worth 22 or 25 AMTRA CPD points respectively. See PCTA website for more.

Webinars offer SQPs opportunities to gain CPD points before 30 June deadline

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

A series of webinars is being offered to help SQPs who haven’t quite gained enough CPD points before the 30 June deadline. These seminars are carried out online, and so don’t require SQPs to travel and can be slotted in to a busy working day.

Virbac is bringing SQPs the opportunity to undertake one or both of a pair of webinars on equine parasitology on 11 and 25 May, worth 20 points to those participating in both events.

Elanco have announced three new CPD webinar dates that will earn 6 points for attendees. On the subject of parasitic gastroenteritis in cattle, the meetings will take place on May 16th, June 7th and June 21st 2011 at 17.30 hrs and will last for approximately one hour.

For more details on how to register for these events, and for other CPD events open to all SQPs, see the AMTRA website.

Veterinary Medicines Regulations, Code and Guidance delayed

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

VMD logoAlthough no formal announcement has been made yet, we anticipate that the delayed Veterinary Medicines Regulations will be further delayed. The Code of Practice update and the new Guidance Note 3 will therefore also be delayed.

Once planned for October 2010, the VMD had expected most recently that they would come into force on 1 June 2011, but with time marching on that now looks unlikely, and it wouldn’t surprise us to find them arriving on 1 October 2011.

The unexpected benefits of carrying your AMTRA SQP card

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The Anaga massif in Tenerife - not the location of the bar, we suspectWe hope that one SQP is pleased that she carries her AMTRA SQP card with her, as it was the ID that resulted in us getting a phone call from a bar in Tenerife this morning, trying to reunite her with her purse.

AMTRA and AHDA CPD series to conclude in Northern Ireland

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Cookstown crestAHDA and AMTRA have together run 15 popular CPD meetings around Great Britain in 2011, and are coming to Northern Ireland for the final event of the series, on 23 May at Loughry Campus, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.

There will be an afternoon session on companion animals and an evening session on farm livestock. SQPs may attend either or both. This is a great opportunity to make sure you are up to speed on key topics, as well as gaining CPD points before AMTRA’s 30 June deadline.

SQPs from AHDA members can attend the event free of charge – subject to available space, so book now.

Other SQPs can attend having paid £18 inc. VAT per person.

Get the booking form from the AMTRA website:

AMTRA Council minutes published

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The minutes of the most recent meeting of the AMTRA Council have been published. They can be found on the page on the AMTRA Council.

SCOPS Principles in Action for SQPs and vets – 5 May, Gloucestershire

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

SCOPS logoGood worm control is a vital factor in the profitability of sheep farming but in recent years this has been increasingly hampered by resistance. SCOPS guidelines were developed to address this. Over the last four years Hilary and Richard Mann have worked with SCOPS and vet Katie Essex, looking at the parasite challenges and implementing a control strategy that both improves performance and minimises the selection for worms resistant to anthelmintics. This is an opportunity to see what’s been done and take home some practical ideas to help you improve your clients’ worming programmes.

To register for your FREE place please ring Hellen or Sandra at EBLEX on 0870 609 1840 / 01904 771211 or email

SQP Compendium

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

All SQPs and student SQPs should receive very shortly their copy of the 2011 Compendium of Data Sheets. The cost of this is included in your annual AMTRA fee – or enrolment fee for students.

A single SQP edition of the Compendium is now produced containing all POM-VPS and NFA-VPS medicines, and is supplied by AMTRA to all SQPs and SQP students.

The new format book contains three coloured sections – for companion animals, for equines, and for food-producing animals. Medicines authorised for multiple species may therefore appear in more than one section. Although this makes the book a little thicker, it actually reduces costs by avoiding the need for three different versions.

Get your CPD points update by email

Friday, March 11th, 2011

If you’re an SQP, did you know that you can get an update on your CPD points by email? Provided that we have your email address on record, just go to and fill in your SQP number and email address and we’ll send you back a CPD summary in a couple of minutes.

As always, remember to allow a month for CPD providers to advise AMTRA of points before you contact them with any queries.

New edition of Parasite Control Guide

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Eblex logoThanks to Eblex’s “Better Returns Programme”, all farm animal SQPs and student SQPs are currently being sent by AMTRA a copy of the 2011 edition of the Cattle & Sheep Parasite Control Guide, which we hope will be useful. This includes a comprehensive list of products for the control of internal and external parasites in cattle and sheep, and now incorporates milk withhold times too.