The Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR)

The veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) is a professional standard in the veterinary services industry. It is a relationship that is established mutually when a veterinarian and client decide that a pet will be treated. This includes the veterinarian taking responsibility for providing your pet medical care; taking/keeping medical records, giving appropriate advice/treatment options and diagnosing and prescribing medicine.

Veterinary medicine is regulated both nationally and by state/province. Typically, a veterinarian is licensed to practice in one state/province, although some may be licensed in more than one. Depending on where the veterinarian is licensed, the VCPR may or may not be permitted to be established remotely. If the VCPR can be established remotely, the veterinarian is able to practice telemedicine, which includes diagnosing and prescribing medicine to your pet.

If the VCPR is not able to be established remotely, the veterinarian is able to practice telehealth which includes providing general pet health/wellness advice and care. If you have any questions about your state or provinces VCPR law, chat with us and we would be happy to help assist with choosing the right professional for your location.