How legalized virtual veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) can change veterinary medicine
Veterinary virtual care has been expanding since the pandemic and beyond, however veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) standards and regulations have often been tricky to navigate in telemedicine. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) stated that a VCPR is present when all of the following requirements are met:1
Governor Katie Hobbs signed into law today Senate Bill 1053 which will allow veterinarians licensed in Arizona to establish a VCPR through telemedicine. According to a news release,2 the law will also allow veterinarians to provide short-term, non-controlled substance prescriptions.
"Today is a landmark day for Arizona's most vulnerable pets and the owners who love them," said Steven Hansen, DVM, Arizona Humane Society President and CEO, in the release. "Last year alone, we saw a 13 percent increase in the number of animals that were surrendered to our shelter by their owners for medical reasons. Today, if you call our hospitals, the first available appointment is 6 weeks out. This new legislation helps to keep pets in loving homes and alleviate undue suffering."2
The Bridge Club is hosting a conversation on the latest news in veterinary virtual care and VCPRs on June 8, 2023 at 8PM EST.3 The conversation is virtual and free to all of veterinary medicine to participate in with support from Animal Policy Group. Those interested can sign up with the link: https://www.thebridgeclub.com/events/vcpr-and-other-telemedicine-legislative-updates
“The new Arizona law provides significant groundwork for other states” said Mark Cushing, CEO of Animal Policy Group, in the Bridge Club release. “The final amended version of the legislation was drafted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, passed almost unanimously, and included practical guardrails.”3