The Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) has appointed a new chairman.

Phil Sketchley is joining AMTRA as chairman.

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

Mr Sketchley has worked closely with AMTRA as NOAH nominee on the AMTRA board for the past 12 years. He brings more than 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”.

He has wide-ranging experience of the animal medicines regulatory framework within the UK and Europe and says he will be delighted to be able to support AMTRA and Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs) in his new role.

“There are now more than 6,000 SQPs working in the UK and this is testimony that AMTRA has provided a robust framework for training and registration of SQPs,” he said.

Mr Sketchley retires from his full-time role as NOAH chief executive at the end of the year.

He said: “AMTRA and SQPs make an important and positive contribution to animal health and welfare. “As chairman, I will continue to draw on working relationships built over a lifetime, from the British Veterinary Association, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, NOAH and the Animal Health Distributors Association, and my involvement in campaigns such as National Pet Month, which aims to promote responsible pet ownership.”

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

“He is passionate about our work at AMTRA and has been a strong supporter of SQPs for many years,” Mr Dawson said.

“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.

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