In 2021, the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) courses and examinations were hosted online by accreditation body Harper Adams University (HAU). Continuing the theme, NOAH held a virtual presentation on 13 April for the 2021 top students where the overall winner was revealed by NOAH Chair, Caitrina Oakes.
The NCAH qualification helps ensure that animal medicines representatives can 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.
A total of 57 students took the exams in 2021. Overall, first place went to Kamala Beasley formerly of Ceva Animal Health, second place went to Katherine Braker from Elanco and two students shared overall third place, Lucy Zimbler from Dechra and Jemma Stephenson from Boehringer.
Kamala said: “It’s a long time since I have been in education, so I found the NCAH qualification to be a real challenge at first. But I’m glad the hard work paid off and I’m delighted to have been recognised as one of the top students for the November 2021 NCAH exam.”
Two examination sessions were held during the year. For the March exam, two students tied with a joint top score, these were Lucy Zimbler from Dechra and Jemma Stephenson from Boehringer, and two tied with second highest marks, Clare Shiel from Norbrook and Micky Blackburn from Boehringer. In the November exam, Kamala Beasley (formerly from Ceva Animal Health) came first with Katherine Braker from Elanco in second place.
Caitrina Oakes said: “The NCAH is a great asset to us as an industry and needs to be more widely known among our customers and by the world at large. It shows the professionalism and knowledge of our teams which has been even more important in the challenging environment that they have been working in in recent months.”
Dawn Howard, chief executive at NOAH said that the NCAH qualification demonstrates the expertise within the industry. She explained: “It 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.
“In what has proved to be a very challenging year, we are happy that all the 2021 students rose to the challenge and achieved these great results with a new way of learning. All our students, especially those we are recognising today, should be very proud of what they have achieved. We are pleased that we will be returning to face to face courses and exams in 2022’, she added.