VetSkill Suitably Qualified Persons (SQP) Register
Vet Skill Limited was authorised by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) on the 26 August 2016 as a regulatory body to maintain a register for Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs) to prescribe and supply veterinary medicines classified as POM-VPS and NFA-VPS. This approval will provide a much needed choice for those wishing to qualify and practise as an SQP.
Our aim is to ensure that those prescribing and supplying VPS animal medicines in the UK are doing do so in a professional, responsible and safe manner.
Transferring to the VetSkill SQP Register
If you are a current SQP and wish to transfer to VetSkill for your 2017 registration you can do so for £29. Our mission is to make the VetSkill SQP registration process effective, simple and affordable. Join the VetSkill SQP Register online.
1. Affordable registration fees
There are no hidden transfer fees when you join the VetSkill SQP Register. All you need to do is pay your £29 registration fee, provide your SQP VMD registration number and evidence your CPD is up to date and relevant.
2. Simple CPD Requirements
It is vital that, as an SQP, you keep up-to-date with all legal and professional changes, and maintain your knowledge and understanding of both your role and the medicines that you are prescribing and/or supplying.
The CPD process is simple. CPD requirements are logged in hours; this aligns with many other professional registers. If you are, for example, a C-SQP (Companion animals only) you will be required to undertake five hours of CPD each year. CPD must be relevant to your SQP role and annually evidenced with VetSkill.
3. VetSkill SQP Conferences
VetSkill SQP conferences are designed to support SQPs with up-to-date and relevant CPD in one day; ideal for busy SQPs and time conscious employers. Our inaugural conference was held in November 2016. 2017 conference dates will be available in due course. Please note, attendance at these conferences is not mandatory.
Becoming an SQP
An SQP is an animal medicine advisor who can prescribe and/or supply POM-VPS and NFA-VPS veterinary medicines for companion animals, horses, birds and farm animals, subject to registration for each. You choose the category of SQP you would like to become registered for, depending on which species of animals you would like to prescribe and/or supply medicines to:
- A combination of the above
VetSkill SQP Diploma – available in 2017
To become an SQP you will need to have achieved a recognised qualification. VetSkill’s new SQP Diploma will be available in 2017. You can register your interest to receive more information regarding this qualification as it becomes available by leaving your details here.
VetSkill’s new SQP Diploma will be available for delivery by VetSkill approved centres; both as a standalone qualification and through embedment into existing Higher Education or Further Education veterinary nursing programmes. To discuss becoming a VetSkill centre or the direct accreditation process for an existing qualification, please contact us.