No Dramas… we’ve got RAMAs!
What is a RAMA? More importantly, why do we have them working in the practice?
In answer to the first question, a RAMA, a Registered Animal Medicines Advisor, was until quite recently referred to as an SQP (Suitably Qualified Person). To become a RAMA requires a period of modular study and the passing of both written and oral examinations, only then are they able to offer advice and be able to prescribe and supply certain categories of veterinary medicines. Once qualified the RAMA is also required to continue improving their knowledge by having to undertake regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training.
The three medicine categories from which RAMAs are able to prescribe and supply are:
- POM-VPS (Prescription Only Medicines – Veterinarian, Pharmacist, SQP)
- NFA-VPS (Non-Food Animal – Veterinarian, Pharmacist, SQP)
- AVM-GSL (Authorised Veterinary Medicine – General Sales List)
The POM-VPS class of medicine are used to prevent or treat disease in flocks and herds where the risks to the user/ animal/consumer/environment can be controlled by oral or written advice given by a professional non-veterinarian. Nearly all wormers, fly control and some vaccines used on farms will come under this medicine category and it’s the RAMA’s depth of knowledge on these medicines that make them such an important part of our Synergy Dispensary team.
Our dedicated team of RAMAs help maintain the high standard of support you and your business require.
Our RAMAs are always there, quietly working behind the scenes supporting the clinical team. Whether you’re looking for just a bit of advice on a worm, fluke or fly control issue you’re currently experiencing, or to discuss all your worm and fly control requirements for the coming year, give our team of qualified RAMAs a call and they’ll be more than happy to help.
And so, it’s always worth remembering, animal health’s not a drama once you’ve spoken to a RAMA.
Barry Ewens – Synergy Farm Health, RAMA