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California Pets May Be Next to Benefit from Telemedicine Under New Veterinary Legislation

When telemedicine technology began in the late 1960s, the goal was to deliver healthcare to geographically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations. Its popularity soared during the pandemic, and now California pet owners may get a shot at virtual medicine.

Legislation proposed in the state Assembly would enable pet owners to connect with their veterinarians the same way we humans can connect remotely with a doctor when needed. Assembly Bill 1399 would allow a veterinarian to decide whether an animal needs an in-person examination or if telemedicine would be satisfactory.