Forum site Vetpol will be launching as a new regulator of SQPs (suitably qualified persons) in 2019 and has already attracted interest from stakeholders in animal health and sponsors.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRun by veterinary professionals, Vetpol has been involved in veterinary and animal owning communities for a number of years and is currently in the process of gaining accreditation for its training course.\r\n\r\nThe company intends to take a fresh approach, based on its vision of how the market for veterinary medicines is changing. The new course will be delivered online \u2013 opening up opportunities for those in more remote areas and reducing the time spent away from the business.\r\n\r\nSQPs have grown in number over the last decade and there\u2019s a continuing need for the category of veterinary medicines they dispense.\r\n\r\nDirector Caroline Johnson said: \u201cOur long-term vision is to establish a business of veterinary pharmacy professionals capable of delivering real value to the customers and businesses they serve.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe course aims to be easy to understand as well as being comprehensive, with a focus on communication and being able to make better recommendations with regard to the health of the animal. There will also be clarity on the remit of the role and working with other professionals \u2013 including the need to refer to a veterinary surgeon in appropriate circumstances.\r\n\r\nThe online nature of the course will allow it to be updated regularly with new information on emerging parasite risks and new research. With an increase in the number of products available across all categories to support the health of horses and small animals, these sections of the course will be focused on market needs.\r\n\r\nThe production animal module will be up to date with a focus on improving production, maintaining welfare standards, herd health planning and how SQPs can help farmers put their plan into action.\r\n\r\nJohnson hopes the course will train competent and confident SQPs who are able to use their qualification to energise businesses, support clients and customers and make informed and responsible recommendations.\r\n\r\nAnyone wishing to register an interest in receiving information on the course or pre-registering can email email@example.com. Interested individuals can also apply to join vetpol\u2019s SQP Discussion Forum on Facebook, or connect on Twitter @vetpolSQP.