NOAH’s third annual Members Day took place at Westminster Boating Base in London on 12 June, where the top NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) students for 2018 were rewarded for their achievements. The NCAH qualification helps ensure thatanimal medicines representatives are able to provide accurate and ethical information to prescribers and sellers of animal medicines in compliance with the NOAH Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines.
Examinations were held at Harper Adams University in 2018, with 33 students taking the exam during that year. Overall first place went to Emily Wilton from Nimrod Veterinary Products, second place to Cara Watson from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and third place was Catherine Watkins from Virbac.
All three were present at the Members Day to accept their awards from NOAH chair Jamie Brannan.
Three examination sessions were held during the year: for the May exam Victoria Chadwick from MSD Animal Health came firstwith Kerry Gorham from Elanco Animal Health in second place.
In the July exam Emily Wilton from Nimrod Veterinary Products came first with Cara Watson from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health in second place.
For the September exam first place went to Catherine Watkins from Virbac and second place went to Adam Goode also from Virbac.
Donal Murphy, head of Technical and Regulatory Affairs at NOAH said that the NCAH demonstrates the expertise within the industry. He explained: “The qualification provides a solid background in animal physiology, immunology and pharmacology, nutrition and animal disease control, as well as a full knowledge of the legal framework in which licensed veterinary medicines are regulated, promoted and sold.
“The NCAH is written into the rules for NOAH company membership and is a requirement of the NOAH Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines. It is formally academically accredited by Harper Adams University, who also host both the training courses and examinations,” he added.