Claire Sellors, owner of the Nottinghamshire country store Sellors Ltd, has won the Virbac Equine SQP (Suitably Qualified Person) of the year award.

The veterinary pharmaceutical company Virbac Animal Health presented its award on 19 February at the British Equestrian Trade Association’s (BETA) show, BETA International.

An SQP is an animal health advisor who is entitled to prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicines under the veterinary medicines regulations.

The Virbac Equine SQP of the year award is designed to recognise the work of SQPs who go the extra mile to support their equine customers.

Ms Sellors has been an SQP for 13 years. She said: “Winning this award means a great deal to me. I have been prescribing wormers for many years now; it’s something I am very interested in.”

Broadcaster and horse owner Alistair Stewart (pictured right with Claire Sellors) who presented the award said: “Quality advice and service, particularly in veterinary care, is crucial.

“This award acknowledges the best and brightest SQPs and all are worthy of our praise.”

There were six finalists for the award who were judged by a panel that included Dr Claire McArther from Moredun Institute and Callum Blair and Tom Blacklock from Virbac.

Dr McArther said: “Claire not only has an excellent background knowledge but is also committed to her customers.”

Virbac Animal Health supplies the wormer brands Equimax and Eraquell. The company will sponsor BETA International for the third time in 2013.

Nominations for the 2013 SQP of the year will open on 1 March.

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