First SQP qualifies with Vetpol’s online training course, in partnership with Lantra
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November 10 2020

Following the exciting launch of their SQP course earlier this year, Vetpol® and Lantra are celebrating the successful qualification of Reece Goldsmith, the first SQP candidate to graduate as a result of studying and sitting the remote examination.

For many people, the flexibility of online learning has been a blessing during the unprecedented challenges of this year, and with Reece’s successful qualification, Vetpol and Lantra are looking ahead to a rise in uptake of this course.

Vetpol’s Level 4 SQP course, which is regulated by Ofqual, enables those qualifying to dispense VPS medicines. There are four modules of the course – companion animal, equine, farm and avian – and trailblazing SQP Reece Goldsmith passed exams in all four categories.

Reece, who is based at Shire Stables in Oxfordshire, describes how he got on with the training: “It’s a great course in a very easy to understand and read format,” he says. “I enjoyed the easy access to the course materials and being able to log in and see my progress.”

A major reason why Reece chose the course was the online aspect of learning. “In all honesty, if the course wasn’t online I most likely wouldn’t have done my SQP training,” he says. “I run a livery yard and a worm counting postal service, I just wouldn’t have had the time to go off and do study weeks and take more time off to do the exams.”

The qualification is fully assessed online by ‘proctored examination’, meaning Learners can take their exams at any time and place convenient and practical to them via remote invigilation. Given the disruption to face-to-face learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, online and remote learning has been much more useful than anticipated.

 “Due to the exams being invigilate remotely, this means that people don’t even need to travel for exams, which can be stressful enough, even without the added disturbance of a pandemic” Caroline Johnson, Director of Vetpol, explains.

“COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways, including disrupting a lot of face-to-face teaching. Our fully online course will allow people to still gain the qualifications they need during these difficult times.”

After qualification, SQPs can make use of the Vetpol online support forum, which is run by experienced trainers, SQPs and animal health professionals. Reece Goldsmith explains that this will be a reassurance after qualification. “It’s crammed with usual information,” he says. “It gives access to CPD and points you in the right direction for further information when you need it.”

The courses are designed to give practical information that is easy to apply to working life. Participants can take the courses at their own pace and have a full two years from registration to pass their exams.

The Lantra team wish Reece all the best following his fantastic result.

To find out more information on the course, click here.