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‘The wind always blows in from the west’: how the UK is leading the way with telemedicine
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Rens van Dobbenburgh

By Josh Loeb

The UK leads Europe in terms of the breadth of veterinary telemedicine services that are now permitted.

That is the view of Rens van Dobbenburgh, president of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).

Speaking during a BVA webinar on 31 May, which focused on the coronavirus situation across Europe, he described what had happened in the UK as ‘exceptional’.

No veterinary regulator in Europe has gone as far as the RCVS in allowing remote consultation and remote prescribing to take place, even temporarily as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, he said.

This, he explained, was ‘remarkable’ because it was not in line with FVE expectations.

Most countries only use telemedicine up to the level of triage – so not for diagnosis and not for prescribing. The UK is almost the only exception

‘At the FVE, we expected Covid-19 to boost telemedicine,’ he said. ‘However, most countries only use telemedicine up to the level of triage – so not for diagnosis and not for prescribing. The UK is almost the …

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