2014-12-03   facebook twitter rss

New Chairman for AMTRA

AMTRA (the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority) is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Sketchley as its chairman with immediate effect.

Mr Sketchley, outgoing Chief Executive of NOAH (National Office of Animal Health), succeeds veterinarian Bob Stevenson, who retired from the post earlier this year.

Phil Sketchley

Phil Sketchley

Phil Sketchley has worked closely with AMTRA as NOAH nominee on the AMTRA Board for the past 12 years. He brings over 40 years’ experience of working in human and animal health to AMTRA, an organisation he sees as “crucial to consolidating preventive approaches to animal health and welfare”.

Mr Sketchley, who has wide-ranging experience of the animal medicines regulatory framework within the UK and Europe, is delighted to be able to support AMTRA and SQPs (Suitably Qualified Persons) in his new role. “There are now more than 6000 SQPs working in the UK,” Mr Sketchley says, “and this is testimony that AMTRA has provided a robust framework for training and registration of SQPs.”

Mr Sketchley retires from his full-time role as Chief Executive of NOAH at the end of 2014. “AMTRA and SQPs make an important and positive contribution to animal health and welfare,” he says.

“As Chairman, I will continue to draw on working relationships built over a lifetime, from the BVA (British Veterinary Association), Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate), NOAH and AHDA (the Animal Health Distributors Association), and my involvement in campaigns such as National Pet Month, which aims to promote responsible pet ownership,” he explains.

Secretary General of AMTRA, Stephen Dawson, said Mr Sketchley was appointed from an exceptionally strong field of candidates both from within and outside the sector.

“Phil Sketchley is passionate about our work at AMTRA and has been a strong supporter of SQPs for many years. He contributed to the establishment of the VPS (Prescription-Only Medicines, Veterinarian, Pharmacist and SQP) categories of medicines, and has great knowledge of the farming, equine and pet sectors. I very much look forward to working with Phil to support SQPs and promote the highest professional standards,” he concludes.


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