What is a VCPR? Churchville Veterinary Hospital P.C.
What is a Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship? (VCPR)
A Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship, or VCPR for short, exists when your veterinarian knows your pet well enough to be able to diagnose and treat any medical conditions your animal develops. Your part of the VCPR is allowing your veterinarian to take responsibility for making clinical judgments about your pet's health, asking questions to make sure you understand, and following your veterinarian's instructions. Your veterinarian's part of the VCPR involves making those judgments, accepting the responsibility for providing your pet with medical care, advising you about the benefits and risks of different treatment options, keeping a written record of your pet's medical care, and helping you know how to get emergency care for your pet if the need should arise. Q: How is a VCPR established and maintained? A: A VCPR is established only when your veterinarian examines your animal in person within the past 12 months, or more recently as dictated by the age or medical condition of the patient. If a VCPR is established but your veterinarian does not see your pet at least annually afterward, the VCPR is no longer valid and it would be illegal and unethical for your veterinarian to dispense or prescribe medications or recommend treatment without recently examining your pet.
Q:Why is a VCPR so important? A:For one, it's required by law in our state and many others. In order for a veterinarian to diagnose or treat your animal, or prescribe or dispense medications, a VCPR must be in effect according to the state's Veterinary Practice Act (if you have questions about your state's Practice Act, contact your state veterinary medical board). Two, it's the best thing for your animal's health. Your veterinarian should be familiar with your animal's medical history and keep a written record of your animal's health so they can provide your animal with the best possible care. The AVMA's Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics also requires a VCPR for a veterinarian to prescribe medication or otherwise treat an animal. Q:How can a VCPR be ended? A:You, as the client, can terminate a VCPR at any time by notifying the veterinarian. If your veterinarian chooses to end the VCPR, they will notify you and, if your animal has an ongoing illness, provide medical care until you have transitioned to another veterinarian.
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