Philip Sketchley claimed it was “a privilege to work so closely with the veterinary profession” as was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Stuart Reid making the presentation to Phil Sketchley.

Mr Sketchley, chairman of the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA), had the award conferred by the RCVS for his “outstanding contribution” to the health and welfare of animals.

Wide knowledge

Then president of the RCVS, now senior-vice president, Prof Stuart Reid, said the Royal College wished to recognise Mr Sketchley’s “tireless enthusiasm and commitment to the veterinary profession” as well as his “extremely wide knowledge of the veterinary industry, his common sense approach and pragmatic advice”.

The RCVS also stated Mr Sketchley had been instrumental in resolving issues between pharmaceutical companies, and negotiating in Brussels on behalf of the UK animal health industry, vets, clients and animals.

Charity work

His charitable work was also acknowledged as trustee of RCVS Knowledge for eight years and chairman of National Pet Month for nearly 10 years.

Mr Sketchley said: “It is a great honour to receive this award. It’s been a privilege to work so closely with the veterinary profession, particularly in the years following the release of the new veterinary medicines regulations in 2005.

“I will continue to work with the profession as chairman of AMTRA, where our task is to ensure responsible prescription and supply of VPS (veterinary, pharmacist and SQP – suitably qualified persons) medicines by SQPs, who now number more than 6,300 across the UK, with over 750 operating within veterinary practices.”

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