What is A VCPR?

What is A VCPR?

A VCPR or Veterinary Client Patient Relationship is very important to us as a veterinary practice but also to all of our diligent owners.  This is the definition that limits what we can offer as advice and treatment based on the length of time since examination.

Directly from the Act is the following definition:

Veterinarian/Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR) exists when all of the following conditions have been met:‰

  • The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding the health of the animal(s) and the need for medical treatment, and the client has agreed to follow the veterinarian’s instructions.‰
  • The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the animal(s) to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal(s).  This means that the veterinarian has recently seen and is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the animal(s) by virtue of an examination of the animal(s) or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where the animal(s) are kept.‰
  • The veterinarian is readily available for follow-up evaluation, or has arranged for emergency coverage, in the event of adverse reactions or failure of the treatment regimen.

What does this mean?

Pets need to be examined by a veterinarian for prescriptions, diagnoses, and condition management to occur.  This is for the safety and well being of your pet.  After 1 year at most your pet will need to be re-examined to continue prescribing ongoing medications.  This is to ensure that nothing has changed that may alter the prescriptions needed and to monitor your pet’s condition.  Some conditions require monitoring at greater intervals than others and that is at your veterinarian’s discretion.

Further information can be found here in the Alberta Veterinary Act here:   http://animalwellnessguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Alberta-VeterinaryAct.pdf


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