First prize of £100 went to overall winner Rowena Rogers, Equine Territory Manager for MSD Animal Health. She gained her qualification in the July 2014 examination.
Rowena said: “Although I approached this role with a lot of equine industry knowledge, and continue to receive technical training from my company, studying for the NCAH qualification provided a welcome opportunity to refresh my knowledge base and gain additional knowledge and insight into areas of the industry that I was not as familiar with.
“It is vital that as professionals in our field we are held to high standards of knowledge and ethics, and that we have formal recognition of that to demonstrate to those around us that we are trusted members of the profession. The NCAH qualification allows us to do this, and also contributes directly to our knowledge and understanding of our chosen field,” she added. Rowena is pictured below, receiving her certificate from new NOAH chair Catherine Sayer.
Second overall winner was Sian Griffith also from MSD. There were joint third overall winners: Emma Worthington, now with Bimeda and Sarah Abraham from Elanco.
The NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) is designed to give candidates a thorough grounding in animal physiology, animal disease and treatment options, as well as giving them a full knowledge of the legal framework in which medicines are regulated, advertised and sold. It is aimed at sales staff in the animal health industry.
The qualification is formally academically accredited by Harper Adams University under its jurisdiction as an institution with its own degree awarding powers. Harper Adams University also hosts the training courses and examinations.
NOAH’s new Chair, Catherine Sayer, who presented the awards, said: “Congratulations to our top students this year – and indeed, to everyone that has achieved the NCAH qualification in 2014. NOAH believes it is very important that our representatives are qualified – indeed it’s written into the rules for NOAH membership that all companies’ sales representatives (other than vets) involved in the direct technical selling of medicines (other than products classed as AVM-GSL) are on the NCAH Register and take the examination within two years of joining the industry.
“The NCAH qualification equips member company representatives be able to give their customers good support – so we call on you to spread the word about their level of qualification – and to use their expertise to your advantage!”