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Changes to regulations must not be rushed

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By Matthew Limb

There will be ‘no going back’ if the profession rushes through regulatory changes to accommodate the uptake of telemedicine and the expanding role of paraprofessionals.

That was the warning from Robin Hargreaves, a former BVA president, to BVA Congress delegates at last month’s London Vet Show.

He said the profession should take enough time to look ‘soberly’ at the impact such developments might have.

‘I am slightly worried that we might rush because we think we’re behind and we’ve got to do something, so we make a precipitant jump into a significant change in regulation,’ he said. ‘But there’d be no going back if it turns out to be a mistake.’

Hargreaves and the current BVA president Simon Doherty led a congress session entitled ‘Animals in whose care? How technology and the vet-led team may shift the definition of “in our care”’.

They discussed the impact of telemedicine-type technologies …

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