Vetpol’s CPD policy is built around The VMD Code of Conduct for SQPs, which requires:

  1. All SQPs to undertake CPD
  2. For bodies registering SQPs (such as Vetpol) to operate a system to monitor CPD and ensure their registrants remain up to date

Consequently:

1. Vetpol SQPs are required to accumulate a minimum number of CPD credits per year, relevant to their species qualification or to the job of being a SQP, in order to remain on the Vetpol register.

2. Details of completed CPD, along with credits acquired and a review of each CPD activity must be recorded in the Vetpol SQPs individual account on this website where progress will be checked and verified.

3. Vetpol SQPs are entitled to take a copy of this CPD record and show it to others such as potential employers.

4. The review field in the CPD record enables Vetpol to see evidence of study. We suggest the following is included in each reveiw:

  • What was the most useful thing learned and how will this be applied to the role of SQP?
  • How might this course be improved?
  • How likely are the chances of recommendation of this course to another SQP? Score 1-5 with 5 being most likely.

It is the SQPs responsibility to keep this record up to date in order to be able to claim the relevant credits. Time for reflection is useful but we recommend completing the record within 48 hours of the CPD taking place.

5. The SQP is obliged to inform Vetpol at the earliest opportunity if the CPD requirement cannot be met because the SQP is unable to work due to exceptional circumstances, e.g. long-term sickness, maternity leave or career break. Vetpol will make arrangements in such circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

6. CPD credits may be acquired through non-accredited and accredited CPD as shown in the table below. 

At least 25% of the CPD must be related to any of the VPS medicines listed on the VMD Product Information Database or NOAH Compendium of data sheets.

Non-accredited CPD can make up a maximum of 25% of the total requirement.

Description Credits
Accredited online, practical, face-to-face or journal with questions AND a review 2.5 credits per 30 minutes 5 credits per hour
Non-accredited but relevant online, practical, face-to-face or journal, providing the SQP records it on their CPD page AND writes a review 1 credit per 30 mins 2 credits per hour 

7. Vetpol SQPs qualified in one species must complete a minimum of 25 credits per year. For each additional species thereafter they must complete additional credits per year to a maximum of 50 credits. This is a minimum requirement to stay on the SQP register; Vetpol encourages SQPs to go beyond the minimum.

Number of species qualified Minimum number of CPD credits required per year
1 – e.g. Companion Animal only 25
2 – e.g. Companion Animal and Equine 35
3 – e.g. Companion Animal, Equine and Farm 40
4 – e.g. Companion Animal, Equine, Farm and Avian 50

A year starts from when the SQP joins the register.

Note: Vetpol encourages SQPs to complete more than the minimum requirement and to record all CPD credits acquired. This will reflect well on the SQP with existing and potential employers. 

8. Vetpol encourages practical CPD e.g. work-shadowing, farm visits, or learning to administer medicines.  All practical CPD must be certified by an external verifier (eg, a person senior to the SQP or the person providing the practical session) and recorded on a verifier form.  It is the responsibility of the SQP to keep completed verification and supply it as evidence if requested.

9. Completing the required amount of CPD and recording it accurately is a requirement to remain on the Vetpol register. Failure to comply with this requirement could lead to removal from the register meaning you may no longer be able to work as a SQP. 

Vetpol Ltd will therefore complete random checks from time-to-time. In cases of non-compliance, i.e. failure to complete the required amount of CPD or to flag up problems as described under section 4, the SQP will receive an email from Vetpol, offering the SQP the right to explain/defend their position, within 14 days of the email being sent. 

Where a satisfactory response is received, the SQP will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, as deemed appropriate by Vetpol’s Directors.

Where a satisfactory response is not received within 14 days, the SQP will be notified that they are suspended from the register until further notice or that they have been removed. 

Other SQP regulators and the VMD will be notified of any suspensions or removals so a suspension or removal from the Vetpol register means a suspension and removal from all SQP registers.

10. Vetpol is committed to maximising the availability of CDP for SQPs on its register and making it easy for SQPs to comply with their requirement.  If SQPs have positive suggestions for improvement they are welcome via the support forum or contact form.

For more information, visit our page on CPD requirements