911 - Pet - Doctor | Telemedicine
What is telemedicine? Telemedicine refers to the practice of medicine at a distance. In the context of veterinary medicine, telemedicine refers to a veterinarian formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet without an in-person examination.
"Telemedicine refers to the practice of medicine at a distance."
Unlike teletriage, telemedicine can only be performed by a licensed veterinarian. Typically, telemedicine is only permitted within the context of an existing Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR). This means that, under most circumstances, veterinarians can only offer telemedicine services for their existing clients. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements; however, some federal and local governments have relaxed the requirements surrounding telemedicine. These legal changes have made this service available to a wider range of pet owners.
Can telehealth replace all veterinary visits? In-person veterinary visits are still essential for the health of our pets. Subtle abnormalities can only be detected with an in- person physical exam and diagnostic tests, which means that telehealth will never completely replace in-person veterinary care.
"In-person veterinary visits are still essential for the health of our pets."