Frequently Asked Questions…

Q:  If I choose to transfer my registration to VetSkill does that mean I no longer need to be registered with my current register holder?

A: Yes, there is one central list of SQPs published by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). To be included on this you must be registered with just one of the authorised bodies; VetSkill, AMTRA or Vetpol.

Q: Why are the annual registration costs different between VetSkill and other SQP register holders?

A: VetSkill, AMTRA and Vetpol have been recognised by the VMD as bodies suitable to maintain a register for SQPs to prescribe and supply veterinary medicinal products classified as POM-VPS and NFA-VPS.  Each body offers its own individual services and therefore, costs may vary. View VetSkill’s current SQP Register Fees.

Q:  If I am already registered as an SQP with another SQP register holder, can I transfer to VetSkill?

A: Yes. Transferring to the VetSkill SQP Register is a simple process. Complete the online SQP transfer of register form and pay the VetSkill SQP registration fee.  We will check your name and number against the VMD SQP published list and, if validated, ask you to submit evidence of your CPD online.  Once confirmed, we will inform you and the VMD that you have successfully transferred to VetSkill.  If you are found not to be eligible to join the VetSkill Register then you will be provided with a full refund.

Q:  Are the CPD requirements of VetSkill and other SQP register holders the same?

A:  No. VetSkill’s Annual CPD requirements are calculated in hours, in alignment with many other professional registers. VetSkill has responded to feedback from SQPs that they would like to engage in cost effective CPD that is relevant to their role, and that unnecessary duplication is avoided.  Therefore, VetSkill will accept relevant CPD offered by other providers. As an SQP, you are professionally responsible for remaining up-to-date and competent in your role, therefore you are expected to choose CPD covering the areas you need, and at a standard that reflects your status.

Q:  Will VetSkill recognise AMTRA approved CPD?

A: VetSkill will accept all relevant CPD offered by other providers, including AMTRA. As VetSkill’s CPD requirements are set out in hours, the duration of any CPD completed must be recorded.

Q:  I was a qualified SQP but have allowed my registration to lapse.  Can I join the VetSkill Register?

A: Yes, the process will depend on when you were last registered and if you meet VetSkill’s requirements to join the VetSkill SQP Register.  You will need to complete an application form, provide the relevant information and pay the fees that are applicable. If your registration lapsed more than 12 months ago, you will also be required to pass VetSkill’s professional examination to ensure ongoing competency.

Please contact VetSkill to discuss and obtain further advice.

Q: How will I know if I have completed sufficient CPD if my current system uses points?

A: VetSkill’s CPD system is calculated in hours, therefore, you will need to evidence CPD completed in this format or demonstrate you have fully met your current register holder’s CPD requirements.

Please contact VetSkill to discuss and obtain further advice.