Position Statement: Telemedicine and Access to Care

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement recognizes the need to make veterinary care available to all animals and we believe telemedicine to be a useful tool in facilitating access to veterinary care.

We encourage states and other jurisdictions to create regulations that empower veterinary professionals to legally provide telemedicine services when their professional judgment deems it an appropriate care-delivery method.

Further, veterinary professionals should be legally empowered to establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) through electronic means without the need for in-person interaction with the pet or the client.