Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs)
A Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) is an animal medicines advisor, a legal category of professionally qualified persons who are entitled to prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicines under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.
Our SQP’s can advise on all category POM-VPS medicines. In broad terms, the POM-VPS medicines are those in farm animals and horses used to reduce or prevent effects of endemic disease in herds, flocks or individual animals (e.g. internal and external parasites in farm animals and horses, and some vaccines).
It is the duty of an SQP to ensure that the statutory requirements in respect of the prescription and/or supply of certain veterinary medicines are respected. They are also responsible for advising animal owners on the correct choice of medicine and their safe and effective use, as well as other strategies, contributing to the health and welfare of their animals. The SQP is responsible for ensuring this irrespective of how the product is supplied.
At Northvet we have 3 SQP’s in the practice, happy to help and give advice on medicines for the welfare of your animal. Kirsten Kemp and Inga Foubister can give advice on farm animals, equine and companion and Margaret Thomson is qualified for farm.
Our SQP’s can also undertake worm egg counts at the practice, which is strongly recommended to avoid giving unnecessary worming treatment to your animals, including horses, cows & sheep.