NCAH top students rewarded at NOAH dinner

The highest scoring candidates that gained the NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) during 2014 received prizes at the NOAH annual dinner in London on 21 May.

First prize of £100 went to overall winner Rowena Rogers, Equine Territory Manager for MSD Animal Health. She gained her qualification in the July 2014 examination.

Rowena said: “Although I approached this role with a lot of equine industry knowledge, and continue to receive technical training from my company, studying for the NCAH qualification provided a welcome opportunity to refresh my knowledge base and gain additional knowledge and insight into areas of the industry that I was not as familiar with.

“It is vital that as professionals in our field we are held to high standards of knowledge and ethics, and that we have formal recognition of that to demonstrate to those around us that we are trusted members of the profession. The NCAH qualification allows us to do this, and also contributes directly to our knowledge and understanding of our chosen field,” she added.

Second overall winner was Sian Griffith also from MSD. There were joint third overall winners: Emma Wormington, now with Bimeda and Sarah Abraham from Elanco.

There were 4 NCAH examinations during 2014. Thomas Sutton from Ceva was top student in the examination taking place in January 2014, with Sarah Ward, also from Ceva, in second place.

From the April 2014 examination, Sian Griffith from MSD came top and Emma Wormington, now with Bimeda, came second.

Rowena Rogers was top student In the July exam followed by Manjinder Singh Phagurey in second.

And in the September examination, Sarah Abraham was top and Thomas Sample, now with Carrs Billington was in second place.

The NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) is designed to give candidates a thorough grounding in animal physiology, animal disease and treatment options, as well as giving them a full knowledge of the legal framework in which medicines are regulated, advertised and sold. It is aimed at sales staff in the animal health industry.

The qualification is formally academically accredited by Harper Adams University under its jurisdiction as an institution with its own degree awarding powers. Harper Adams University also hosts the training courses and examinations.

NOAH’s new Chair, Catherine Sayer, who presented the awards, said: “Congratulations to our top students this year — and indeed, to everyone that has achieved the NCAH qualification in 2014. NOAH believes it is very important that our representatives are qualified — indeed it’s written into the rules for NOAH membership that all companies’ sales representatives (other than vets) involved in the direct technical selling of medicines (other than products classed as AVM-GSL) are on the NCAH Register and take the examination within two years of joining the industry.

“The NCAH qualification equips member company representatives be able to give their customers good support — so we call on you to spread the word about their level of qualification — and to use their expertise to your advantage!”


26 May 2015

NCAH prize winners

1st place: Rowena Rogers

I have had a strong interest in horses for as long as I can remember, and it was always my intention to make a career in the equine world, although I was never exactly sure how I would manage to combine my equine and practical skills with an interest in science and a desire to continue learning. After completing my Equine Studies degree I applied for a nursing position at a large specialist equine referral hospital in the south of England. During my time at the hospital I was involved in all nursing activities including theatre, xray, ICU care. I spent six years as head nurse, and latterly took a position as pharmacy manager. The challenges of managing demands on resources and time and the need to prioritise, as well as the knowledge and experience gained, have been invaluable in life and in my new role.

However, after 15 years it was time to look for new challenges and I was delighted when the Equine Territory Manager role with MSD was offered to me two and a half years ago. Although it was a big change in career, I have been extremely well supported and guided, enabling me to develop my sales skills, and knowledge of the industry from this new perspective. The MSD product range is broad, including reproductive products, antimicrobials and anthelmintics, as well as our influenza and tetanus vaccine range.

My role covers the south of England and parts of East Anglia and is varied and challenging. As territory managers we are responsible for ensuring that practices have a thorough understanding of our products and support services, and that we provide excellent customer service and support to all practices.

Although I approached this role with a lot of equine industry knowledge, and continue to receive technical training from MSD, studying for the NCAH qualification provided a welcome opportunity to refresh my knowledge base and gain additional knowledge and insight into areas of the industry that I was not as familiar with. The training sessions helped tremendously with embedding the information and were extremely useful, especially for those of us that have not studied formally for quite a few years!

It is vital that as professionals in our field we are held to high standards of knowledge and ethics, and that we have formal recognition of that to demonstrate to those around us that we are trusted members of the profession. The NCAH qualification allows us to do this, and also contributes directly to our knowledge and understanding of our chosen field.

2nd place: Sian Griffith

Sian qualified from Hartpury College with an Equine Sciences degree in 2009 and has worked within the animal health industry since. After a short period working for an equine supplies company, Sian joined Royal Canin in November 2010 as a Veterinary Business Manager calling on practices within the London and South east area developing and increasing distribution of key products. Sian joined MSD in November 2012 as Business Manager covering Kent and south east London managing the MSD portfolio of veterinary products via practices in the territory.

Sian’s interests include her love of horses. Sian married in July 2014 and is currently on maternity leave expecting her first child any day now.

Joint 3rd place: Emma Wormington

I am currently a Large Animal Territory Manager for Bimeda in the South East of England, looking after both vet and trade.

I am thoroughly enjoying my time with Bimeda; I am continuing to strengthen my knowledge of the Ruminant industry as well as developing my interest in the Equine, Pig and Poultry sectors.

After graduating from a degree in Bio veterinary Science, I started my career in the pharmaceutical industry by joining the team at Medic Animal in London. Following this I moved to Novartis Animal Health where I gained experience in several different roles, working with vets, trade and farmers.

My hobbies include horse riding and Champagne Wednesdays!

She says of the NCAH qualification: “This qualification has enabled me to progress in an industry which allows me to combine my love for working with vets and animals.”

Joint 3rd place: Sarah Abraham

Having originally started my career in design and marketing, I took on the role as office/marketing manager for a large 4 site mixed animal practice back in July 2009. My love for the veterinary industry grew and this led me to join Novartis Animal Health in 2013. My role at present is Companion Animal Territory Manager for Elanco (following the acquisition of Novartis); I cover the scenic counties of Lancashire and Cumbria looking after an extensive product portfolio including parasitology, orthopaedics and dermatology. Outside of work I live in a small village in Lancashire where I enjoy spending time with my husband and our Labrador.

Studying for the NCAH course not only gave me an opportunity to broaden my knowledge of clinical areas that I currently deal with (companion animal) but it also gave me a clear understanding of diseases that affect other species. I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to learn, discuss and to meet colleagues from other pharmaceutical companies. The NCAH has given me an increased level of knowledge and confidence which will benefit my customers.

Top students 2014

January 2014 examination

Thomas Sutton I joined Ceva Animal Health in 2012 as a companion animal territory manager and have assisted the large animal sector for 12 months. Previous to this, I have gained knowledge working for a company who specialises in class IV laser devices, a business development role for a referral hospital and a nutraceutical company. Prior to this I have accomplished several other roles including web development for both blue chip and higher education sectors. In my spare time I enjoy watching (and playing the occasional) football game. Most weekends, playing badminton or a round of golf and both running and cycling whenever the opportunity arises and spending time with my partner, Kathryn. The NCAH has provided me with a greater depth of knowledge and understanding which has been very useful in my current role. The broader knowledge has been beneficial to me when discussing with vet practices, many of the important and topical issues which regularly crop up in discussions – including parasite control to anti-microbial resistance. This has boosted my confidence when talking about many ongoing and wider issues that affect both vets and clients and had added extra value to my current role. Sarah Ward

I am a vet nurse and I have been in industry now for ten years.

I am currently on a sabbatical from Ceva Animal Health, living in Dubai. I am working as a Head vet nurse as after doing the NCAH course, I felt I needed some time back in practice. This will help when back at work with Ceva with understanding practice needs.

April 2014 examination

Sian Griffith

See above

Emma Wormington

See above

July 2014 examination

Rowena Rogers

See above

Manjinder Singh Phagurey

I am a caring, ethical sales professional, motivated to delivering value and quality to all Veterinary Health Care Professionals, and their patients.

I achieved a 2:i Honours Degree in Animal Biology. Following my studies I worked as a highly successful representative in human pharmaceuticals, in the fields of; Psychiatry, Oncology and Neurology. The opportunity to move to veterinary pharmaceuticals, two years ago, helped me to realise one of my career goals.

My role at BI is to support and service companion animal vets in the North West. Working within the therapy areas of cardiology, pain management, epilepsy and kidney disease. Promoting market leading medicines that make a difference to the lives of pets, and their owners, underpins my enthusiasm for the role.

I would like to congratulate everyone that achieved the NCAH qualification in 2014. I am grateful to the people at NOAH, and Boehringer Ingelheim, for all their help and support through the exams. Due to the breadth and depth of knowledge required the qualification provides a good foundation to work across many different therapy areas and species. The NCAH qualification is recognition of my commitment to continue to provide my customers the highest levels of support.

September 2014 examination

Sarah Abraham

See above

Thomas Sample

I grew up farming on weekends, evenings and through my school holidays. During a gap year I travelled extensively in Africa and Thailand before going to Northumbria University in Newcastle where I gained a BSc Hons in Geography and Environmental Management. Upon graduation I continued farming in Yorkshire along with dry stone walling. After gaining success working for, and showing for the largest fold of Highland Cattle in England I was approached to manage the oldest remaining fold of Highlanders in the world at Cladich in Argyll, a 2000 acre hill farm running both sheep and cattle where I remained for several years. After getting married and moving to Edinburgh I worked for ‘The Department’ as an Agricultural Officer, after being shouted at by many angry farmers regarding their subsidies I decided I wanted to get back to talking to them on a more positive note. So I joined Novartis Animal Health as their point of contact for the farmer in Scotland and Cumbria, providing support, demonstrations and advice to farmers, at shows, on farm and in auction marts. After 20 months I left and joined Carrs Billington Agriculture in a new role as their Regional Animal Health Specialist in Scotland.

He says about the NCAH qualification: “The NCAH is a qualification that is quite rightly held in high esteem within the animal health industry. This allowed me the recognition among customers as somebody who could help, advise and train their SQPs. It also broadened my knowledge immensely on animal health issues, diseases and treatments. It is a great qualification to have.”

Notes for Editors

  1. For further information on NOAH contact Donal Murphy or Alison Glennon at NOAH, tel. +44 (0)20 8367 3131

  2. The National Office of Animal Health represents the UK animal medicines industry: its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals.