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RCVS to seek views on defining ‘under care’

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By Josh Loeb

The RCVS will next month begin a root-and-branch review that could fundamentally change what telemedicine services vets can offer.

The planned 12-month consultation exercise, called ‘Review of under care and out-of-hours emergency cover’, follows debate in the profession about controversial telemedicine issues including remote prescribing (VR, 14 September 2019, vol 185, pp 286-287).

Will the definition of ‘under care’ change following the RCVS review?

Central to it is the concept of an animal being ‘under veterinary care’ and what that phrase means.

The Veterinary Medicines Regulations state that any vet who prescribes a veterinary medicinal product classified as a POM-V must first carry out a clinical assessment and the animal must be ‘under that veterinary surgeon’s care’. The law gives no definition of what ‘under veterinary care’ means, however, leading to ambiguity.

Compounding the confusion, ‘under veterinary …

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