Telemedicine is just another tool that can be useful in daily practice to increase client communication, provide client convenience, promote the client’s bond with the practice, and improve patient care. However, just as an ultrasound machine is not relevant to every case, not every case will be appropriate for telemedicine. Veterinarians will need to use good judgement to determine when telemedicine modalities will help them, their patients, and their clients.
At the AVMA Convention in Indianapolis, the AVMA House of Delegates voted to implement a new policy regarding telemedicine. (See Key Highlights from the AVMA Policy on Telemedicine.) See Definitions for the AVMA definitions of telehealth and telemedicine, which will help provide a framework for telemedicine discussions.1 Simply communicating with a client via email, text, or other electronic means is using telemedicine.1