The national Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) Awards is recognised as a key date in the calendar of the UK animal health industry. The event recognises outstanding animal medicines advisors who go the extra mile to develop their knowledge and provide an outstanding service for farmers, animal owners and their employers.

For 2019, a new award has been confirmed, sponsored by Bimeda, which looks to recognise the SQP who has shown high levels of interest and expertise in the area of animal nutrition.

Bimeda Professional Services Veterinarian Rachel Mallet said: "nutrition plays an important role in the ongoing health of animals, and yet it is an area that is sometimes overlooked, and often misunderstood.

"We are pleased to see the National SQP Awards recognise the importance of animal nutrition and the valuable role that SQPs can play ".

The winner of the Nutritional Expertise award will be judged on their level of knowledge and interest in animal nutrition, how well informed they are about diagnostics and about different product options for nutritional supplementation, and how they apply their knowledge to promote best practice to colleagues and customers.