Source: dvm 360 

The rise in demand for telemedicine has led to the enactment of the Providing Equity in Telehealth Services (PETS) Act (House Bill 849) in Florida. Effective July 1, 2024, this bill authorizes veterinarians to practice telehealth, allowing for online Veterinary-client-patient relationships (VCPR), diagnoses, treatments, and prescriptions. Sponsored by Senator Jennifer Bradley and Representatives Same Killebrew and James Buchanan, the legislation aims to improve access to Veterinary care, particularly for those facing challenges such as senior citizens, working families, disabled individuals, and residents in rural areas.

Previously, Florida law required in-person examinations for Veterinary care. The telehealth bill addresses these obstacles amidst a nationwide shortage of Veterinary professionals. Following this, Vetster, a virtual veterinary platform, announced that veterinarians in Florida can now establish virtual practices using its services. This platform includes booking, payment systems, and stored medical records, aiming to make Veterinary care more accessible and affordable.

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