Source: VIN News Service

California has passed a bill that could reshape the landscape of Veterinary telemedicine by allowing the establishment of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) through remote methods. The legislation will enable Californians to seek Veterinary care and consultations through telehealth without the requirement of an in-person exam, marking a significant shift in the state’s approach to Veterinary services.

Similar changes have been made in other states, such as Arizona, reflecting a broader trend in enhancing accessibility and convenience in Veterinary telemedicine. Advocates argue that such changes are driven by consumer demand for cost-effective and convenient alternatives to traditional Veterinary care, especially in areas facing a shortage of veterinarians. However, concerns persist among organized Veterinary medicine regarding the quality of remote consultations and patient safety. The bill awaits Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature to become law.

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