Virtual care terminology
Telehealth is an overarching term that encompasses all uses of technology to deliver health information, education, or care remotely.
Telemedicine is a subcategory of telehealth that involves the delivery of information specific to a particular patient and is allowable only with an established VCPR. Many services are possible with telemedicine, as long as a VCPR that satisfies state and applicable federal requirements is in place, and the attending veterinarian is comfortable assessing the patient remotely and feels able to exercise good clinical judgment in caring for the patient. The VCPR protects patients and clients by setting clear expectations for the delivery of veterinary services.