Top students from the 2010 Marketing Authorisations Holders’ certificate examinations received their awards at The Savoy hotel in London, at a dinner to celebrate the silver anniversary of NOAH.

The top students from the 2010 Marketing Authorisations Holders’ certificate examinations received their awards at The Savoy hotel in London, at a dinner to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH).

[L-R] Phil Sketchley (NOAH), James Tennant, Elizabeth Barrett, Steve Dean (VMD) and Sarah Payne.The awards were presented on April 14 by VMD chief executive Steve Dean, who congratulated the students on their achievements.  

NOAH awarded prizes for the highest scoring entrants overall in the 2010 examinations, with a first prize of £100 going to James Tennant (a lecturer at North Hertfordshire College), second prize of £75 to Sarah Payne (from Protexin Veterinary), and third prize of £50 to Elizabeth Barrett (Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica).

The certificate was previously known as the AMTRA MAH certificate, but was rebranded as the NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) in January 2011, with the administration and development of the qualification now being done by NOAH itself.

The top student from the May 2010 exam was James Tennant, while the month’s runner-up was Alison Pickering, from Abbot Animal Health. The top student from a second May sitting of the certificate was Kate Mogg of Novartis Animal Health, and the runner-up for that month was Julie Bigford, also of Novartis. July’s top student was Elizabeth Barrett and the runner-up was Rhona Holland of Pfizer. The top student for September was Sarah Payne and runner-up was Kim Cook of Genitrix Animal Health.

According to the organisation, this recognises NOAH’s ongoing commitment to ensure responsible self-regulation for the animal health industry, and the need for manufacturers representatives to pass the examination, in order to give the best possible advice to prescribers, suppliers and users of animal medicines.

NOAH chief executive Phil Sketchley said: “We are celebrating 25 years of NOAH’s achievements in the animal health industry, and it is gratifying to see such the high quality of people who are coming through the industry and maintaining the very best standards of knowledge and professionalism.

“These awards show that the animal health industry is continuing to attract talented people from a variety of professional backgrounds, who can all benefit from the certificate.”

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