Written Assessments

Some sample question and answers are included at the back of your AMTRA training manual.

All assessments will have some “administration of product” questions. In addition, each will test your ability to use SPCs (via the data sheet compendium that every candidate should have available for their written assessment). This may be, for example, assessing dose rates, withholding periods, contraindications and warnings or asking you to find a suitable product to match a defined scenario. There may be a range of “right answers” depending on the product you choose as your example.

Other questions test your ability to fully manage the perfect transaction following the SQP Code of Practice. Thus we are looking for evidence you fulfils relevant parts of paragraphs 30 to 36 of the Code.

A statement that you would do this (for instance, “I would advise on warnings and contraindications”) is not enough. The required information relating to the specific chosen product must be given, to ensure you are able to use the SPC to give the correct advice.

Companion Scenario

Please provide:

▪ General advice specific to any question the “customer” may ask in the scenario. This may include information about specific parasites, human health risks, management methods to reduce risk e.g. hand washing and poop scooping etc.

▪ The questions that should be asked in order to gain enough information to make an appropriate product decision. (If you choose to do this in a question and answer way, this is fine, but a short explanation on why the question is relevant would gain more marks).

▪ An explanation of what the chosen product will, or will not do.

▪ Any relevant contra-indications and warnings relevant to the specific product chosen.

▪ Details of administration of the chosen product: dose, frequency and exactly HOW to administer the product.

▪ How to store the chosen product

▪ Disposal of remainder of product and packaging

▪ Best practice on records

Please note that a mark less than a pass mark will be awarded for this question if insufficient information is given; significant errors made; or if the animal is endangered by supply of a product that is not licenced for it, disregard of relevant contraindications (e.g. potential pregnancy and some products), or inappropriate dose rates.

Equine Scenario

Please provide:

▪ General advice specific to any question the “customer” may ask in the scenario. This may include information on epidemiology of specific parasites, management methods to reduce risk e.g. pooh picking, use of quarantine dosing if applicable, use of FEC and the issues on wormer resistance, how to get equine weight

▪ The questions that should be asked in order to gain enough information to make an appropriate product decision (if you choose to do this in a question and answer way, this is fine, but a short explanation on why the question is relevant would gain more marks).

▪ An explanation of what the chosen product will, or will not do.

▪ Any relevant contra-indications and warnings relevant to the specific product chosen.

▪ Code of Practice section 35 information on supply of chosen product relevant to passport status.

▪ Details of administration of the chosen product: dose, frequency and exactly HOW to safely administer the product.

▪ How to store the chosen product (risks to other species).

▪ Disposal of remainder of product and packaging.

▪ Records required.

Please note that a mark less than a pass mark will be awarded for this question if insufficient information is given; significant errors made; the animal is endangered by supply of a product that is not licenced for it, disregard of relevant contraindications (e.g. potential pregnancy and some products), or inappropriate dose rates; or failure to undertake section 35 of Code of Practice.

Avian Scenario

Please provide:

▪ General advice specific to any question the “customer” may ask in the scenario. This may include information on epidemiology of specific parasites, management methods to reduce risk, e.g. pasture rotation, use of quarantine dosing if applicable, use of FEC

▪ The questions that should be asked in order to gain enough information to make an appropriate product decision (if you choose to do this in a question and answer way, this is fine, but a short explanation on why the question is relevant would gain more marks).

▪ An explanation of what the chosen product will, or will not do.

▪ Any relevant contra-indications and warnings relevant to the specific product chosen. Please note here the VMD restrictions on the use of small volume flubendazole products and their derivatives in birds that are for sale or producing products for sale.

▪ Please also note poultry of food-producing species can NEVER be given SAES products whatever their individual purpose without veterinary prescription under the cascade.

▪ Details of administration of the chosen product: dose, frequency and exactly HOW to safely administer the product.

▪ Any health and safety issues

▪ How to store the chosen product

▪ Disposal of remainder of product and packaging.

▪ Records required.

Please note that a mark less than a pass mark will be awarded for this question if insufficient information is given; significant errors made; the birds are endangered by supply of a product that is not licenced for it, disregard of relevant contraindications (e.g. sale of eggs) or inappropriate dose rates; or failure to follow legislative guidelines.