AMTRA is appointed by the Secretary of State to act as a Regulator for those people increasingly known as RAMAs (Registered Animal Medicines Advisors) and known legally as Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs) prescribing and supplying POM-VPS and NFA-VPS medicines.

AMTRA is a not-for-profit organisation, working since 1986 to carry out that primary role as a Regulator, but more broadly to support the long-term future of the sector, in particular through a focus on standards. AMTRA manages the registration for about 7000 RAMAs, and seeks to enhance both the quality of the service they provide and wider understanding of that role.

In order to plan for forthcoming retirements, and to expand the assessor pool, AMTRA is currently recruiting for the following anticipated vacancies. Expressions of interest and a CV are invited from those interested in being appointed. Please email [email protected]

AMTRA is run on a day-to-day basis by the Secretary General who leads and manages the AMTRA staff plus outsourced services, notably our partnership with Harper Adams University and an appointed PR/Communications company, to implement and deliver the operational and strategic priorities of AMTRA and shape development of its programmes of work.

The Chair manages the Board and Council meetings, usually four times per year, via video conference or in London, liaises as necessary with senior figures in AMTRA’s member organisations and partners, and represents AMTRA at external meetings, such as with VMD and animal health sector events.

The Chair provides guidance to the Secretary General with regular telephone and email contact between meetings of the AMTRA Board and Council. Financial summaries are reviewed by the Chair.

It would be beneficial for candidates to have knowledge of veterinary medicine and the RAMA/SQP sector, of Higher Education systems and processes, and to be able to contribute to raising understanding of the role of RAMAs.

It is expected that the position will be for three years, potentially renewable once.

Expenses and an honorarium, currently £7295, are paid.

The Vice-Chair deputises for the Chair in any aspect of that role, attends Council and Board meetings, and acts as an additional source of guidance to the Secretary General.

Additionally, the role includes being Chair of the Professional Standards Committee which considers complaints against RAMAs and appeals against decisions not to include candidates on the AMTRA Register.

It is expected that the position will be for three years, potentially renewable once.

Expenses and a daily rate, currently £365, are paid.

In order to prescribe and supply POM-VPS and NFA-VPS medicines, all AMTRA RAMAs/SQPs must pass a series of written exams run for AMTRA by Harper Adams University. In addition to their Higher Education academic qualification, all candidates must pass a 15-minute viva carried out by an AMTRA Assessor.

Additionally, revalidation vivas are conducted for those returning to the AMTRA Register after a period away.

Expressions of interest are invited from those interested in being appointed as an Assessor.

Candidates will have a good knowledge of veterinary medicines, ideally across all species groups, as well as familiarity with the Veterinary Medicines Regulations, guidance and Code of Practice as they apply to the RAMA/SQP sector. Experience of educational assessment would be advantageous. Existing assessors are veterinary surgeons, veterinary pharmacists and veterinary nurses, and this may be helpful, but other backgrounds will be considered.

Vivas are conducted via Zoom, and candidates who can commit to full days will be preferred, though there is sometimes scope for smaller numbers to fill gaps. Additionally, there are occasional meetings of the assessors to attend.

Fees are paid per candidate, approximating to £365 per day. Typically the work may amount to 8 to 12 days a year, depending on the candidate’s availability.