AHDA an association drawn from animal health product distributors and producers 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 Registered Animal Medicine Advisors (RAMA), (SQP).
The overriding mission and purpose of AHDA is to support them in their role and to protect their right to sell and supply the range of prescription animal medicines not requiring veterinary diagnosis. AHDA represents business across the farm animal, companion animal and equine sectors.
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.
AHDA also supports businesses by holding both face to face CPD for RAMA (SQP) and shortly by the online CPD available through the AHDA web site.