British Veterinary Association Responds To ‘watershed’ RCVS Council Decision On Veterinary Under Care Guidance
19th January, 2023 15h59
Today, (Thursday 19 January), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council has confirmed changes to veterinary under care guidance will have implications to how vets work in the UK. It will pave the way for greater remote prescribing outside of an established vet-client-patient relationship (VCPR) and could have implications for animal welfare and the sustainable provision of veterinary services in the UK.
Responding to the decision, British Veterinary Association President Malcolm Morley, said:
“The changes to ‘under care’ guidance are a watershed moment, so it’s positive to see that they have evolved in response to feedback from the profession. New technology presents exciting opportunities to enhance existing veterinary services and has benefits for practices as well as clients and their animals. However, BVA has been very clear that we believe remote prescribing can only be safely delivered where a vet-client-patient relationship has been established. This is an internationally recognised concept, and we are disappointed that the RCVS has decided not to embrace it.
“Having voted to implement these changes, it is incumbent upon the RCVS and the profession to scrutinise how they play out. At BVA we plan to develop advice and resources to support our members and help them comply with the new guidance and realise any benefits of remote veterinary service provision.’
“It is now vital that a timeframe for a review is quickly put in place, so any negative impacts on animal welfare or the sustainability of veterinary services can be dealt with swiftly.”
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