I think Bob Dylan said it best when he penned the famous lyric, “The times, they are a-changin’.” In the wake of a global pandemic, the veterinary profession finds itself in a unique position as a primary healthcare provider for all animals. Now more than ever, we are adapting our practices and developing creative ways to ensure that no pet is left behind when it comes to delivering life-saving veterinary care. However, with that in mind, we also have to ensure the health and safety of our colleagues and our clients. I have already described our pet-only appointment structures and our car-side medication pick-up (though we prefer to call it Parking Lot Concierge Service). Our next big project has been to launch our telemedicine program with which we can host Virtual Health Appointments with our clients and patients via video-conferencing.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine uses telecommunications, such as video-conferencing, email, photos, and video, to provide remote medical care for patients. In the simplest terms possible: it is a video chat medical appointment with your family veterinarian.
Why is telemedicine important?
Now, more than ever, our health and safety require social distancing measures that can make attending in-person appointments too risky for the humans involved. Whether our clients are sick, caring for a sick family member, self-isolating or simply concerned for their well-being, we want to make sure that we can rise to the occasion by providing new ways to provide veterinary care. This has made us think beyond the confines of a traditional veterinary appointment for your pet. With our Central Veterinary Services Virtual Health Program, we can bring our veterinary expertise to you, while you remain safely at home.
How is our Virtual Health Program the same as an in-person appointment?
Written by Dr. Samyra Stuart-Altman Learn more about Dr. Samyra Stuart-Altman here.