Vetpol only accepts SQPs from another register onto the Vetpol register when they can demonstrate that they are up-to-date with their CPD requirements or they go through a re-validation process and pass. 

Re-validation of an existing SQP qualification may take place when the SQP has not accrued the required amount of CPD dictated by Vetpol or another register, on which they sit; this situation may arise for a variety of legitimate reasons including taking a career break. 

Vetpol will re-validate SQPs who wish to switch from another register to the Vetpol register, but who have not met their CPD requirements for a period that is consistent with the Register they are leaving. In most cases this will be for a maximum period of 24 months, usually much less.

Vetpol will re-validate SQPs who have been off any of the SQP Registers for a period of more than 6 months. 

This policy does not necessarily include any SQPs who may have been removed from another register for mis-conduct or other forms of wrong-doing; such people will not automatically be offered re-validation and these cases will be decided by the Directors.   

The purpose of re-validation is to assess whether or not a SQP is fit to practice. The re-validation interview therefore focuses on the Code of Practice for SQPs and tests understanding of the legislation and how to apply it. 

The Process

  1. The SQP or the business employing the SQP requests re-validation of an existing qualification, giving the reasons behind the situation they find themselves in. 
  • A qualified person appointed by Vetpol as an assessor, contacts the SQP to set up a Zoom call and informs them of what to expect during the re-validation interview. 
  • The re-validation interview takes place between the SQP and the assessor, usually lasting about 15 minutes. The assessor asks a range of questions taken from an approved list of re-validation questions around the Code of Practice for SQPs and records the answers. 
  • At the start of the interview, the assessor will ask the interviewee to identify themselves with photo ID or confirm their identity and this will be recorded or screenshot.
  • In accordance with anti-discrimination legislation, age (>18 years), sex or sexual orientation, race and religion are not to be taken account of during the assessment.  In order to practice effectively as a SQP in the UK in most cases the SQP must have good written and spoken English in order to understand a SPC.  If candidates have special needs more time can be requested for the assessment but this needs to be requested at the time of booking the assessment. 
  • The assessor makes a decision as to whether the person being assessed is “fit to practice as a SQP”; the decision is based on the answers given along with a personal judgment from the way in which they are answered. 
  • The external assessor’s conclusion is either: 
  1. Yes, they are fit to practice 
  2. No, they are not fit to practice 
  3. I am unsure if they are fit to practice or not 
  • Where the assessor is unsure (option C), their evidence is passed onto the Directors for discussion and the likelihood of a second interview. Option C is included as some people may be fit to practice but may be unduly nervous about the face-to-face re-validation interview; this is why the assessor’s judgment is of value, in addition to the answers given. 
  • The SQP is informed of the decision by Vetpol within seven days of the interview (usually sooner) or offered a second interview, where appropriate. Where a second re-validation interview is carried out, this will be by another assessor, usually a Director, and not the same assessor who carried out the first interview)

Re-validation has no appeals process in place as the Directors decision is final. However, an SQP who has failed a re-validation interview can apply for a second re-validation interview providing they pay the full fee. 

Last updated December 2021