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Telehealth bill advances in California Senate

A California bill that would allow a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) to be established remotely is making progress despite opposition from the California VMA (CVMA), AVMA and others. Veterinarians worry that the use of telemedicine without a previously established in-person relationship will produce more incidents of inaccurate diagnoses and ineffective treatment plans, more unnecessary prescriptions, and delays in accurate diagnoses and correct therapy.

California Assembly Bill 1399 passed the California Senate Appropriations Committee on September 1. The next step is a vote on the state senate floor, which is scheduled for next week.