In many countries you need to follow specific guidelines when it comes to medicating horses. This can be particularly so as a horse carer or equine vet. The Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority is one such organisation in the UK.
It states on their website:
AMTRA is an independent regulatory body in the UK. Their task is to ensure that the prescription and supply of animal medicines is undertaken in a responsible manner. This is done by AMTRA qualified persons.
Whilst studying in Ireland, I was amazed to find that horse injections must be administered by the vet. In Australia there was so much I was taught and then expected to do! This often included administering injections. Not so in Ireland!
It is important for horse health and welfare, that medications are administered correctly. Having a body such as AMTRA helps to monitor this in the UK.
In fact, you can train to become an SQP (suitably qualified person) to administer medications. At the end of the day, I feel all training regarding horses is worthwhile!
If you’re in the United Kingdom, are you aware of this organisation? If you are aiming to become a veterinarian, I would hope so! If you’re interested in what AMTRA offer to horse practitioners in the UK and you have a passion in this area, perhaps it’s a place to consider seeking work at?
So many equine related organisations need people that can assist in non hands on areas. Consider website work, promotion of the organisation and office work. Even if an organisation for the horse industry cannot be utilised by you, you may find that you can secure work in this field! Food for thought.
“The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on.
It is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible, the change is for the better.” – Author Unknown