Congratulations to all our 2021 finalists and winners

“The winners have done themselves proud. It’s been hard work but was a pleasure for the judges to meet and talk about some great candidates. In some categories, there were very fine margins between the winners and those shortlisted. Congratulations to all the winners.”
John Lewis
Chair of Judges
"This is the fifth National SQP Awards and we are here to recognise and reward excellence in our sector. The standard of entries was incredibly high this year and the judges had a very tough task. It is a great achievement, congratulations to all our winners".
Simon King
OvertheCounter Editor

National SQP of the Year

Charlotte Forkes-Rees

Charlotte is a strong advocate of CPD and loves to learn. Her role is not only about prescribing medicine but also about offering husbandry, training and behaviour advice. She sees her role as a holistic one; with customers throughout their animals’ life stages

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Lynette Wilcox

Lynette Wilcox promotes best practice and offers tailored advice by getting to know the customer, their stock and farming practices. She sees herself as a link between manufacturers, customers’ business needs and their veterinary practices.

Store Manager of the Year

Nikki Harris

Nikki finds it very easy to motivate and inspire staff and she describes the business as infectious and she works hard on promoting the strengths of the business. 

Independent Store of the Year

TFM Countrystore

The store’s ability to cross train staff means that even if a qualified member of staff isn’t working, most members of staff are able to assist with general enquiries.

Multiple Store of the Year

Pets at Home

Pet requirements change regularly, so Pets at Home feel making sure staff speak to every customer as if they are a new customer is important.

Newly Qualified SQP of the Year

Sammy Howorth

Sammy took time to build up the trust of the farmers, but the ground work has paid off, slowly. She works hard to ensure customers receive the best advice, service and guidance possible.

Nutritional Expertise Award

Helen Peart

Helen demonstrates a clear understanding of best practice approaches for livestock nutrition. It is really impressive to see Helen demonstrating a diagnosis-led approach which includes grass sampling, to understand the true nutritional needs of the animal

Veterinary Practice SQP of the Year

Keri Whitwell

Keri’s bespoke programmes and reporting faecal egg counts are key and says one of the major challenges is around incorrect administration

Equine SQP of the Year

Sandy Robertson

Sandy is making a difference to the equine community, not just in her local area, but wherever she is required to travel and she provides clients with an all-in-one service

Farm SQP of the Year

Emma Parkinson

Emma is passionate about anthelmintic resistance and believes this is a hugely important challenge. She highlights that a good relationship between vet and SQP is key to tackle discrepancies in farming systems

Companion Animal SQP of the Year

Charlotte Forkes-Rees

Charlotte ensures that she has a detailed background knowledge before talking about suitable products and she explains the benefits of using the correct product for customers that are focused on the cheapest.

Special Achievement Award

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones said that during the pandemic, the store faced many challenges working within the agricultural retail sector and still faces on-going challenges now. Store footfall doubled, if not tripled some days due to non-essential stores being closed and In-store, guidelines were put in place for staff members and customers to follow to put both in the safest possible environment.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lesley Stubbings

She is the key figure in the SCOPS industry group, successfully uniting individuals and stakeholder organisations with different perspectives behind a common goal. She has devoted considerable passion to improving parasite control in sheep, in particular the fight against resistance. Effective communication at the right level for farmers, SQPs, vets and other advisors has been a key part of what she has brought our industry.

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