Announcing a brand new veterinary medicines CPD resource for vet nurses, vet receptionists, SQPs and pharmacies

"Keeping up to date on veterinary medicines can only lead to improved use of treatments that will ultimately benefit animal welfare." Andrea Tarr founder and director of Veterinary Prescriber and Veterinary Medicines CPD.

We use medicines for their beneficial effectsBut all medicines, including veterinary medicines, have the potential to cause harm, and the likelihood of an adverse effect occurring is increased when medicines are used incorrectly or inappropriately. Medicines regulation is one measure for minimising this potential. In the UK, for example, the legal supply category (POM-V, POM-VPS, NFA-VPS) aims to ensure that medicines are available with the appropriate level of professional supervision. UK medicines regulations also require that anyone prescribing or supplying veterinary medicines must advise on the medicine’s safe administration, and on any warnings or contraindications. 

Several groups of people, apart from vets, deal with veterinary medicines on a daily basis. They are veterinary nurses, SQPs (Suitably Qualified Persons), community pharmacy staff and veterinary receptionists. Since their responsibilities can often include advising pet owners about treatments, and administering, prescribing, dispensing and selling medicines, it goes without saying that they should have a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of veterinary medicines.

Not only do these professionals need to know and understand the rules on prescribing and supplying treatments, they also need to keep up with developments, which include new medicines, new information about existing medicines, and regulatory changes. It is also important that they know how different treatments compare with one another, how to make sense of therapeutic areas with a huge and complex choice of products (notably parasiticides), where to find reliable information on medicines, and how to interpret pharmaceutical company promotion.  

Veterinary Medicines CPD is a new, independent e-learning resource on veterinary medicines that is specifically designed for veterinary nurses, SQPs, pharmacy staff and veterinary receptionists. The succinct and easy to follow modules are evidence-based and practical. The modules on companion animal parasiticides, for instance, incorporate information from the unique database created for Veterinary Prescriber – a comprehensive guide which compares every prescription and non-prescription parasite treatment currently on the market.

A lot of the available information on medicines is produced by companies that market the medicines. It's obvious that they will focus on advantages that will promote the sale of their products. But using medicines in the best interests of animals can only be achieved if you have all the facts about a medicine, including knowing about the disadvantages (such as side effects) and how the medicine compares with alternatives. Veterinary Medicines CPD is completely independent of industry and so free of commercial bias.

The modules can be read and/or listened to, and there is a quiz at the end with a certificate for CPD records. Future modules will cover a wide range of topics, with a new module added each month. The modules are available through a subscription of only £7.50 (incl. VAT) per month. 

  Excellent medicines CPD from a trusted independent source.

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Our purpose... to provide vets with high-quality, independent, comparative information they won't find elsewhere. However, it costs money to do this. We are a small, self-funded company of two dedicated full-timers (Andrea Tarr and Carl Russell), together with a team of regular and occasional writers, editors, reviewers, verifiers and proofreaders, who support our rigorous editorial process. We are absolutely passionate about independent information and empowering vets by giving them what they need to make rational decisions about medicines. Buying a subscription supports independent information you can trust. If you are getting free information ask yourself who is paying for it and why!