Co-founder of the veterinary app, Joii, states that diminishing the right for vets to remotely prescribe medicines could have an enormous impact on animal welfare. Since April, vets have been allowed to prescribe for animals without having to initially carry out a physical exam, which is something that has enabled practices throughout the UK to maintain providing critical veterinary care throughout the pandemic.
Despite this, the college is due to review its decision on prescribing remotely in September.
“Diminishing the right for vets to remotely prescribe medicines could have an enormous impact on animal welfare.“
Robert Dawson, Co-founder of remote veterinary app Joii, stated: “We have more evidence than ever that remote consultations and prescriptions can be safely conducted without being face to face. I fear that if the profession learns nothing from the change in how we have worked over the past few months and the decision is made to reinstate the restrictions on remote prescriptions, it will significantly impact animal welfare in a post COVID world, where people will remain nervous to leave their homes and affordable pet care will be increasingly important for pet owners. As a business that has provided remote veterinary consultations for the past twelve months, we have written to the RCVS and provided detailed evidence demonstrating the efficacy and safety of remote prescribing as a key support tool in improving animal welfare. "