The assessment for AMTRA-registered animal medicines advisors (also known as SQPs) is to move from a Level 4 to Level 5 qualification.
The Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority represents 7,000 registered animal medicines advisors across the UK through farm, equine and companion animal sectors.
AMTRA develops the assessment modules, syllabus and qualification alongside Harper Adams University.
AMTRA secretary general Stephen Dawson said: “We feel this re-classification will better reflect capabilities and encourage animal owners, farmers and livery yards to have even greater confidence in the advice and service they receive, as well as reassure veterinary surgeons and other partners in delivering animal health of our commitment to high standards.”
The change will take place from spring.