Who are we?

AHDA (Animal Health Distributors Association (UK) Ltd is an association drawn from animal health product distributors across the UK and represents 90% of the POM-VPS (Prescription Only Medicine – Vet, Pharmacist and SQP) and NFA-VPS (Non Food Animal –Vet, Pharmacist, SQP) UK animal medicines market. Typically these distributors stock and prescribe licensed animal medicines to livestock farmers, smallholders and companion animal owners by an SQP (Suitably Qualified Person). The overriding mission and purpose of AHDA is to protect their right to sell and supply the range of prescription animal medicines not requiring veterinary diagnosis.

Over the past few years, many animal health distributors have diversified their interests, allied to the roller coaster of livestock farming fortunes, to sell products for dogs, cats, horses and small pets. Many will sell a range of nutrition, supplement, healthcare and equipment products to complement animal medicine sales from retail stores coupled to a high level of personal service.

AHDA hosts an annual conference in January which is the industry showcase event, well supported by distributor delegates across the UK and suppliers support a large exhibition. Brochures and booking forms are available on this website from October, exhibitor and speaker enquiries are open all year via the office. AHDA and AMTRA also hold regional CPD (Continuous Professional Development) training events around the country which AHDA members SQPs can attend for free.