The highest scoring candidates who gained the NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) during 2013 received prizes at the NOAH annual dinner in London this week.
First prize of £100 went to overall winner Lisa O’Donnell, customer development manager for Novartis.
Ms O’Donnell said: “The NCAH has not only broadened my knowledge of clinical areas that I deal with at present, but given me an overall insight and understanding of clinical diseases that affect our customers and end users.
“The course covers all species, ensuring a suitable level of knowledge and understanding exists should you decide to change roles in your career”.
Second overall winner was Helen Walker of Vétoquinol and the third overall winner was Richard Chew, now working for Zoetis.
There were two NCAH examinations during 2013, with Ms O’Donnell the top student in the May exam.
In the September exam Nadia Rogers from Novartis was top student, followed by Charlotte Hobby from Ceva in second place and Gemma Cairns from MSD third.
The NCAH is designed to give candidates a thorough grounding in animal physiology, animal disease and treatment options, as well as giving them a full knowledge of the legal framework in which medicines are regulated, advertised and sold. It is aimed at sales staff in the animal health industry.
The NCAH evolved from the Marketing Authorisation Holders (MAH) certificate administered by AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority).
It came under NOAH’s remit at the beginning of 2011 to avoid confusion with AMTRA’s Suitably Qualified Persons (SQP) qualification.
The qualification continues to be formally academically accredited by Harper Adams University under its jurisdiction as an institution with its own degree awarding powers.
NOAH technical executive Donal Murphy, who presented the awards, said: “Congratulations to our top students this year – and indeed, to everyone who has achieved the NCAH qualification in 2013.
“The NCAH qualification equips member company representatives to be able to give their customers good support.”