Vetpol has announced that it has been approved by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate as a regulator of SQPs, and will be offering SQP training, most likely before the end of this month.

Vetpol says its new course, which is delivered online, has been designed to deliver a positive experience for students, as SQP training is acknowledged to be challenging, with a lot of information to assimilate. The course uses the principles of reflective learning, with simple exercises to help embed what is learned, and highlighting of key facts to aid recall.

Caroline Johnson, Vetpol Founder and Director (pictured right) says the team thought hard about how best to match need and application while covering the day-one-competencies required for SQP registration: "There is an increasing number of NFA-VPS medicines available alongside POM-VPS medicines and a growing need to broaden knowledge of companion animals, which we have reflected in the course content. In agriculture too, it has never been more challenging to deliver the kind of service that farmers and stock-keepers need in the 21st century - we have looked at this both from the farmer and outlet's point of view and we have really addressed health and disease with this in mind."

Vetpol will provide companion animal, farm, equine and avian training leading to a Level 4 SQP qualification. Level 4 qualifications are rated above A level (which is a level 3 qualification) and include NVQ Level 4, Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE).

The course writers have aimed to make sure the course contains information that is relevant, practical and necessary, building on a solid base of animal welfare and husbandry. They plan regular updates to ensure the course reflects current thinking and keeps pace with changes in medicines legislation.

Caroline says she has concentrated on trying to make sure that SQPs have the knowledge they need to add value to customer and client transactions: "We were especially keen when writing the online course to give SQPs the scope to apply their knowledge in practical day to day situations and to make excellent recommendations."

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