CHESHIRE’S poorly pets are in safe hands – thanks to an award-winning veterinary nurse in Middlewich.

Emma Penn, who has been head nurse at Middlewich Veterinary Surgery for four years, was recognised as the top of her profession in awards for registered animal medicines advisors.

She was named as veterinary nurse animal medicine advisor of the year at the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) awards. She received a certificate and cheque for £200 following a glittering awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Hotel at Birmingham NEC.

AMTRA is appointed by Defra to keep a register of Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs) like Emma, who have to undertake continuing professional training and abide by their code of practice.

Emma is qualified to advise pet owners on preventative healthcare, including flea and worm treatments, and is able to prescribe and dispense certain medications over the counter instead of clients having to see a vet.

Emma, who has been a veterinary nurse for 17 years, said: “I am passionate about helping our clients provide the best care for their pets, as well as educating owners.

“My role as an AMTRA advisor gives me a thorough knowledge of the products and their safe use, and enables me to explain and consult with clients to ensure the most suitable and safest treatment for pets.”

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Middlewich Veterinary Surgery is part of Willow Veterinary Group, where Emma has worked for 17 years.

All AMTRA SQPs must pass written exams at Higher Education Level 4 or above. Exams are based on a syllabus produced by AMTRA and Harper Adams University.