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Top Students Rewarded at Noah’s First Members’ Day

Students who gained the highest scores in the NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) examinations in 2016 have been recognised at NOAH’s first ever Members’ Day, held at ZSL Regents Park.

Overall first prize went to Holly Vezmar, who works for MSD Animal Health as a Ruminant Account Manager covering Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Left to right Joanne Findlay; James Sheehy; Amy Collie, Donal Murphy (Head of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NOAH); Harriet Keightley; Erin Carmichael and Holly Vezmar

Left to right Joanne Findlay; James Sheehy; Amy Collie, Donal Murphy (Head of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NOAH); Harriet Keightley; Erin Carmichael and Holly Vezmar

The NCAH qualification is designed to enable animal medicines representatives to provide support to the prescribers and sellers of animal medicines they visit. It provides a solid background in animal physiology, immunology and pharmacology, nutrition and animal disease control, as well as full knowledge of the legal framework in which licensed veterinary medicines are regulated, promoted and sold.

It is formally academically accredited by Harper Adams University, who also host both the training courses and examinations.

Holly said of the NCAH qualification: ‘It means a lot to me; it has given me a key insight into the veterinary industry and has greatly helped me with my role’.

This year, for the first time, two students tied for overall second place. These were Erin Carmichael from Merial and Harriet Keightley from Ceva Animal Health.

Erin said: ‘The NOAH qualification has given me confidence and credibility as a Territory Manager. It has enabled me to consolidate my knowledge from my veterinary bioscience degree, whilst providing valuable insight into the animal health industry, including my roles and responsibilities in relation to the Code of Practice’.

Harriet said: ‘The NCAH qualification demonstrates that our industry has trained professionals working within it who have high standards of knowledge and strong ethics’. Three NCAH examinations were held in 2016, in April, July and September.

For the April exam Amy Collie from Ceva Animal Health was joint first with Toyah Parker from Bayer plc with James Sheehy from Elanco Animal Health in second place.

For the July examination first place went to Holly Vezmar and second place went to Erin Carmichael from Merial Animal Health.

For the September examination first place went to Harriet Keightley from Ceva Animal Health and second place went to Joanne Findlay from Zoetis.

About the NCAH Top Students for 2016

Joint 1st Place in April exam: Amy Collie - Ceva Animal Health.

Amy began her time in the industry in 2013 with Alstoe Animal Health, which was purchased first by Sogeval and then Ceva in 2014. She has been the companion animal territory manager covering Scotland for Ceva since 2014 and last year was promoted to the role of Senior Territory Manager.

Prior to working in the animal health industry, Amy worked as a medical rep for the pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca, during which time she gained a distinction in the industry ABPI exam. She has also completed her PGCE in Secondary Science and spent 6 years teaching A-level Biology in the Midlands and South West. Amy's most interesting role was that of Education Manager at Dartmoor Zoo in Devon, where she taught a wide range of biological related topics to students from nursery schools to under-graduates.

Joint 1st Place in April exam: Toyah Parker, Bayer plc

Toyah has been with Bayer for 2 and half years working previously for Norbrook and Nutrivet.

Both Toyah’s parents are vets in a large mixed practice in Cornwall which was a wonderful environment to be raised in and has bonded her very closely with the industry. Toyah has always worked in the small animal sector.

Her focus at Bayer has been working with parasiticides and anti-infectives.

2nd place in April exam: James Sheehy, Elanco

James is a Key Account Manager for Elanco, responsible for managing the swine accounts (veterinary, feed mill and producer) across the UK, focusing on their enteric and respiratory portfolio. Prior to this he has worked for Elanco as a companion animal Territory Manager across the Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire, with their product range in parasiticides, orthopaedics, dermatology and cardiology.

At university he achieved a First Class Business degree and wanted to work in a technical based sales role, so was pleased to take the opportunity to move into the animal health industry.

1st place overall and 1st place in July exam: Holly Vezmar, MSD Animal Health

Holly Vezmar works for MSD Animal Health as a ruminant account manager covering Cheshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Primarily Holly promotes vaccines for both sheep and cattle with prevention of disease being a key focus of her role. Working with large animal practices her overall aim is to improve animal productivity, health and welfare and promote the responsible use of antibiotics. Holly has a particular interest in young stock management and flock health.

Joint 2nd place overall and 2nd place in the July exam: Erin Carmichael, Merial Animal Health

Erin joined Merial as a Territory Manager in 2015, shortly after graduating from the University of Glasgow with an honours degree in Veterinary Bioscience. As part of the Pets Team she covers Central Scotland and Northern England, with her main product focus being small animal parasiticides and vaccines.

This is Erin’s first industry role, but with her bioscience background and sales experience from several years in retail, she feels this job has been a natural fit for her.

Joint 2nd place overall and 1st place in the September exam: Harriet Keightley, Ceva Animal Health

After graduating from Hartpury with 2.1 BSc Hons degree in Equine Sports Science, Harriet was determined to forge her career within animal health. After a time in recruitment she joined Ceva as a Companion Animal and Equine Territory Manager and last year was promoted to National Key Account Manager.

Harriet works in a range of areas from cardio-nephrology to behaviour. At work Harriet is normally being closely followed around by her trusted companion, Beatrix (her beautiful Springer dog)

2nd in the September exam: Joanne Findlay, Zoetis

Joanne started working in a veterinary practice in 1990 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1994.

Having spent 9 years in practice she moved into a sales and marketing role for a pet insurance company and then to Hills Pet Nutrition progressing to Field Sales Manager for the North of England. Joanne originally joined Zoetis to provide temporary sales cover for a maternity leave and stayed to do a variety of short term roles before taking a permanent role as Senior Account Manager on the companion animal team. Geographically she covers Yorkshire, Humberside, & Lincolnshire working with an extensive product portfolio including vaccines, parasitology & dermatology products.


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