FAQs for SQPs

Below is a list of the most common FAQs for SQPs. If you have a question not answered here then please let us know via the Contact Page. We will answer your question and add it here if we think others may be wondering about the same thing.

SQP stands for Suitably Qualified Person. SQPs are recognised in law as people who are qualified to dispense and supply certain categories of veterinary medicines. SQPs must sit on a register to be permitted to practice. Our view is that Vetpol SQPs are Suitably Qualified Professionals.
You will find the information you need on our What is a SQP? page
To become a SQP you have to undertake training in veterinary medicines and acquire a qualification. Vetpol offers online training courses leading to a Level 4 SQP qualification.

Once qualified, SQPs have to be registered with a regulatory body and commit to a Code of Practice in order to work as a SQP. Vetpol is a regulatory body for SQPs and runs a register.
The best way to train as a SQP is to work for a registered premises and also complete a course accredited by a SQP regulator. Vetpol offers online courses which allow students to study wherever they are; dipping in and dipping out according to their schedule/lifestyle.
Qualifying as a SQP allows you to dispense and supply certain categories of medicine. However, if you simply want to learn more about veterinary medicines in order to further your understanding, we recommend the Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines course offered by LANTRA which will be available soon.
The benefits of being a SQP are manifold but the main ones are:

1. Increasing numbers of veterinary medicines are being re-classified so that they can be supplied by SQPs. This is good news for owners and their pets as it increases availability and access to effective products. For businesses employing SQPs this makes good business sense too.

2. Numbers of SQPs are growing in line with the availability and demand for VPS medicines, so becoming a SQP is a good career move and opens up more job opportunities.

3. SQPs are at the forefront of animal welfare, trained to discuss not just medicines but general health and care. If you are passionate about animal welfare, being a SQP puts you in a position where you can make a positive difference to animal welfare.
All course fees are shown on our Purchase Courses page here and include the relevant training modules, support while studying, exam fee and, once qualified, registration with Vetpol for the reminder of the year in which you qualify plus use of Vetpol’s trademarks, subject to T&C’s. You must sit and pass the Core Module and at least one species exam within 2 years of course purchase.

Re-sit exams cost fee £100+VAT per module.
Yes you can. The fee for each additional species module is just £50 + VAT, once the Core and one species modules have been purchased.
Vetpol will soon be offering online proctored exams via its Awarding Body, LANTRA. This means that students can sit exams from any quiet location, including home or office, with no need to travel to exam centres. All that is required is a good internet connection and Skype.

If you are not familiar with Skype we suggest downloading it and practicing with family and friends before sitting the exam. It’s simple and easy and to use.

Online exams saves time, money and hassle as they negate the need to travel to exam centres.

No. Exams are written and taken online leading to a Level 4 qualification.
Yes, you’re welcome. But you will have to pay the annual registration fee and provide evidence that you are up-to-date with the CPD obligations of your current regulator, before you will be allowed to join the Vetpol register.

The annual registration fee is £60 + VAT. The benefits of being on the Vetpol register include full access to Vetpol’s range of support, including a discussion forum and use of Vetpol’s unique branding to signpost veterinary medicines and provide professional recognition for SQPs. Use of Vetpol’s branding is available subject to T&C’s.

Vetpol has simple CPD requirements; these are shown on the Vetpol CPD Policy that we encourage you to read in full.
It is the responsibility of the SQP to record all CPD on their personal online CPD record which can be found when logged in at vetpol.uk. We ask Vetpol SQPs to review all CPD undertaken, stating what was most useful and whether you would recommend this CPD to other SQPs, before claiming CPD points.

Vetpol checks CPD records to ensure honesty and accuracy in recording. Inaccurate recording of CPD may lead to removal from the register.
No. Each regulator has their own requirements for CPD. You will find details of Vetpol’s requirements in our CPD Policy
Where there is a legitimate reason and providing Vetpol is informed at the earliest opportunity of a problem, the situation will be assessed on its merits and special conditions granted, where justified (e.g., maternity leave, career break, long-term illness). If there is no legitimate reason or Vetpol is not notified when there is a problem, there is a risk of removal from the register.

Yes you can – providing you have lapsed by no more than 18 months and can prove you were up-to-date with your CPD when you left the previous register. Then you may join the Vetpol register upon payment of the annual registration fee in full.

If you have lapsed by more than 18 months you will have to purchase the relevant Vetpol training modules and sit exams. Upon passing, you then pay the annual registration fee to join the Vetpol register.

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