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‘Temporary remote prescribing should end’

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By Josh Loeb

The RCVS should end temporary remote prescribing, the BVA has said.

James Russell, the BVA’s president, said the association could not see any reason why now a new client would be unable to access in-person veterinary care in the first instance.

The association is therefore asking RCVS council to reconsider the temporary measure, which was first brought in because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The RCVS gave the green light in March for vets to prescribe prescription-only veterinary medicines (POM-Vs) remotely without first having physically examined the animal. In June this emergency measure was extended for a further eight weeks. It was then extended a second time at the end of July.

On 30 September the RCVS wrote to all vets and vet nurses to extend the period for a third time, until the end of October, but with the additional requirement for the prescribing vet to consider whether the animal can first be brought under their care.

While the BVA says it supported the initial March decision …

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