Source: dvm360

The article by dvm360 discusses the increasing use of telemedicine in Veterinary practice and the potential shift toward allowing the establishment of the veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) virtually, without a prior in-person examination. The VCPR is a crucial aspect of telemedicine, requiring an initial in-person examination to maintain the relationship through telemedicine. However, some states are considering changes to allow virtual VCPR, influenced by direct-to-consumer companies seeking more profitable virtual models.

In addition, the article emphasizes the importance of complying with applicable laws, protecting access to necessary medications, and assuring high-quality care. Arguments in favor of virtual VCPR, such as expanding access and reducing costs, are scrutinized, with the article highlighting potential flaws in these assumptions. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) supports telemedicine, but advocates for maintaining an in-person VCPR to ensure patient well-being and public health.

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