Vet award for AMTRA chair

Phil Sketchley, chairman of the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA), has been awarded an honorary associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

The prestigious award is conferred by the RCVS to a small number of non-veterinarians who have made an outstanding contribution to the health and welfare of animals through work relating to the veterinary profession. Mr Sketchley recently retired from the post of chief executive of the National Office of Animal Health, the UK trade association for animal health manufacturers, after eight years service.  

Prof Reid (left) and Phil Sketchley

RCVS senior vice president Professor Stuart Reid said the award recognises Mr Sketchley’s “tireless enthusiasm and commitment to the veterinary profession, his extremely wide knowledge of the veterinary industry, his common sense approach and pragmatic advice.

“Philip’s skill and ability in engaging and involving so many groups through difficult challenges is a huge achievement, and he has done this whilst supporting the veterinary pharmaceuticals industry from producer through to the end user – the animals.”

The award citation also stated that Mr Sketchley had been instrumental in resolving issues between pharmaceutical companies and negotiating in Brussels on behalf of the UK animal health industry.