AMTRA Council seeks six new SQP representatives

The Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) has announced that it is looking for six SQP representatives to sit on the AMTRA Council.

AMTRA is looking for two farm-animal SQPs, an equine SQP, two companion-animal SQPs and a veterinary nurse SQP to join the Council, which advises the AMTRA board and secretariat on a range of issues that impact SQPs.

AMTRA Council currently has six SQP representatives: Andrew Pattison, Craig Smith, David Taylor, Kirsty McGovern, Sharon Groves and Alison Holloway.

Stephen Dawson, AMTRA’s secretary general, said: “AMTRA is really grateful to them for helping give a voice to SQPs and bringing their experience and hopefully your views to discussions.

“As the terms of the current representatives have come to an end, we are looking for two farm-animal SQPs, an equine SQP, two companion-animal SQPs, and a veterinary nurse SQP, so we need your help in offering yourself or perhaps suggesting the role to a colleague.”

Mr Dawson said this is a great opportunity to help make sure AMTRA understand things from an SQP perspective.

The AMTRA Council meets in London normally four times a year, with expenses paid.

He added: “There will be occasional requests for feedback from the AMTRA office in between meetings, and you would need to be prepared to talk with individual SQPs who want to approach you, though experience suggests that doesn’t happen all that often.

“Potentially, there could be more – it’s open to candidates to make what they want of the role.”

If you might be interested, please get in touch with Stephen Dawson at the AMTRA office as soon as possible ( or 01359 245801).

Mr Dawson said that if there are more people than positions, there will be a vote towards the end of January.

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