July 7, 2023
Telemedicine—which is the use of technology to provide health services to patients from a remote location—is described as “healing from a distance.” Most often, it’s delivered via synchronous video conferencing.
Through telemedicine, patients have quick and convenient access to care whenever they’re in need, and this extends to pets as well. Veterinarians can take advantage of a telehealth platform to diagnose and treat animals, schedule follow-up appointments, and educate pet owners in need of guidance.
This opportunity comes with its challenges. All services that are delivered remotely must adhere to the same standard of care as those delivered in person.
Can veterinarians legally provide services through telemedicine?
The short answer is yes, as long as they have a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) established.
However, if you’re considering adding telemedicine to your veterinary practice, it’s important to note that the VCPR is defined at the state level. Therefore, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with local regulations to ensure that you’re following the appropriate guidelines.
Perceptions of synchronous video-based telemedicine
In Q2 of 2023, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) released new data from a national survey that indicates that telemedicine has the potential to transform veterinary care delivery: