Finalists announced for the 2017 Virbac Equine SQP of the Year

We are delighted to announce the four finalists for the Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year. 

Kristy Hodgson - Kirsty is Director of Operations at Westgate Laboratories and is responsible for the day to day running of the lab and office.  As the Director of Operations, Kirsty is on the frontline of training and overseeing the in-house team of SQP’s and laboratory.

Elizabeth Collier - Elizabeth is a receptionist and SQP at Westover Vets in Hainford.  Having been with the practice since 2009 Elizabeth deals with general enquires about wormers and worming planning advice.

Lisa Newman – Lisa has worked for equine practice Farr and Pursey since March 2016.  She is an experienced small animal and equine nurse. With a mobile weigh bridge and worm egg counting equipment at her disposal, Lisa is able to visit yards to provide accurate worming advice.

Jessica Murphy - Jessica first qualified as an SQPO in 2015 and works for VioVet in her role as meds advisor.  VioVet is an online company and Jessica’s main responsibilities as an SQP are to check and approve any orders for licensed medication.  Jessica is also on hand to send customers courtesy emails additional advice on worming programs is required. 

All of our 2017 finalists are highly qualified and dedicated SQP’s  and we are delighted to have such a strong line up for this year’s award.


The Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year Award 2016 goes to Liz Harwood of Hook Norton Veterinary Practise

Once again the standard of finalists provided a worthy winner for the Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year Award.

From a field of highly qualified professionals, it was Liz Harwood from Hook Norton Veterinary Group who was awarded the prestigious title of Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year 2016.

Hook Norton is a mixed veterinary practise with a specialised equine unit that includes operating facilities and for whom Liz has worked for over 15 years. Liz’s role is that of head farm and equine receptionist. A qualified SQP (Suitably Qualified Person) Liz is responsible for the buying of medicine supplies for the practise.


Hook Norton Veterinary group practise manager is Tony Udall. ‘It’s not only a good reflection on the practise but is also a deserved award for Liz as she has been the principle driver within our 6 strong SQP team. The Virbac Equine SQP of the Year is a now a well recognised award and we are immensely proud of what Liz and done.’

Liz was invited by Virbac to attend a gala night at Horse of the Year Show where she was presented with her prize from one of show jumping’s leading competitors and personality, William Funnell of the Billy Stud.  ‘I’m honoured and privileged’ said Liz ‘it’s so nice to be recognised for my efforts and work’

Virbac, manufacturer of leading wormer brands Equimax and Eraquell, support the award with their innovative 3D Worming approach ‘We are very keen to support SQP’s who work so hard to remain current and up to date with correct worming practises’ said Virbac’s Divisional Director Mr Fraser Hodgson ‘and we are pleased to be able to offer Liz and other SQP’s an opportunity to participate in what is now an industry standard award’.


The Virbac Equine SQP of the Year

An SQP (Suitably Qualified Person) is someone who has undergone rigorous training and passed exams to enable them to offer advice based on the sound principles of worming management.

If you are getting great advice and support from your SQP, why not nominate them for the prestigious Virbac Equine SQP of the Year Award.

We set up this award to recognise the skills and expertise of SQPs and the hard work and commitment that goes into ensuring you get excellent advice and service on worming issues to protect your horse.

From the nominations recieved 6  finalists will be selected to be evaluated and ‘mystery shopped’ by the Virbac judges panel and the winner will be announced in  September.

The winner of The 2015 Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP will receive over £2,000 worth of prizes that includes a VIP hospitality evening at this year’s Horse of the Year Show with overnight accommodation at the brand new Genting Hotel for themselves plus one guest, £500 of Virbac 3D Worming clothing which will be dual embroidered with their company logo and name, along with a winner’s trophy and certificate.

Find out what it takes to become an SQP
View last year's winner