Top scoring candidates who obtained the NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) during 2014 received prizes at the NOAH annual dinner in London on May 21.

MSD Animal Health equine territory manager Rowena Rogers was the overall winner and won £100. She gained her qualification in the July 2014 examination.  

Rowena said: “Although I approached this role with a lot of equine industry knowledge, and continue to receive technical training from my company, studying for the NCAH qualification provided a welcome opportunity to refresh my knowledge base and gain additional knowledge and insight into areas of the industry that I was not as familiar with.

“It is vital as professionals in our field that we are held to high standards of knowledge and ethics, and we have formal recognition of that to demonstrate to those around us we are trusted members of the profession. The NCAH qualification allows us to do this, and also contributes directly to our knowledge and understanding of our chosen field,” she added.  

In second place was Sian Griffith also from MSD. In joint third place was Emma Worthington, now with Bimeda, and Sarah Abraham from Elanco.  

The NCAH is designed to give candidates a thorough grounding in animal physiology, animal disease and treatment options, as well as 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 qualification is academically accredited by Harper Adams University.  

NOAH’s chairman Catherine Sayer, who presented the awards, said: “Congratulations to our top students this year – and to everyone who has achieved the NCAH qualification in 2014. NOAH believes it is very important our representatives are qualified – indeed it’s written into the rules for NOAH membership that all companies’ sales representatives (other than vets) involved in the direct technical selling of medicines (other than products classed as AVM-GSL) are on the NCAH Register and take the examination within two years of joining the industry.  

“The NCAH qualification equips member company representatives be able to give their customers good support – so we call on you to spread the word about their level of qualification – and to use their expertise to your advantage” she added.

There were four NCAH examinations during 2014. Thomas Sutton from Ceva was top student in the January 2014 examination, with Ceva’s Sarah Ward in second place.  

From the April 2014 examination, MSD’s Sian Griffith came top with Bimeda’s Emma Worthington second.   Rowena Rogers was top student in the July exam followed by Manjinder Singh Phagurey in second place.   In the September examination, Sarah Abraham was top and Thomas Sample, now with Carrs Billington was in second place.

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