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Anthelmintic prescribing: AMTRA defends the role of SQPs

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THE Animal Medicines Training and Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) has every confidence that qualified SQPs have excellent knowledge of parasitology to advise their clients on the correct choice and use of anthelmintics, according to Stephen Dawson, AMTRA's secretary general.

Mr Dawson was responding to a call from the BVA earlier this month for all anthelmintics to be reclassified as POM-V medicines, which would prevent SQPs from prescribing them. The Association suggested that ‘many experts in parasitology have cited the distribution of anthelmintics by SQPs in the past as one of the main reasons for the dangerous levels of resistance to anthelmintics in grazing animals at present’, and that ‘SQPs do not have the level of expertise that a veterinary surgeon has in veterinary parasitology’ (VR, February 9, 2013, …

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