What is an SQP?

A Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) is an animal medicine advisor and is a legal category of professionally qualified persons. An SQP must pass a set of exams to demonstrate animal health knowledge and an understanding of the legal system, and be registered with the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA). Once qualified, SQPs are allowed to prescribe and/or supply certain medicines (those classified POM-VPS and NFA-VPS) for farm animals, horses, and pets.

In order to remain on the AMTRA register, an SQP must undertake a programme of approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to keep their knowledge up to date.

For further information on how to become an SQP visit the AMTRA website: