VCPR, veterinary consolidation, and subsidized medicine: Your opinion matters

Commenting Period Open Make Your Voice HeardShould the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) be one-size-fits-all? Will veterinary medicine thrive in the age of national practices? How do you feel about subsidized veterinary care?

These are critical issues facing our profession, and they may affect how you deliver services to your patients and clients. And we want your input to help guide us in addressing them.

The AVMA House of Delegates will debate these topics at its upcoming Veterinary Information Forum during the annual Veterinary Leadership Conference in January. As an AVMA member, you should have recently received an email from your delegate asking you to provide comments on these topics so that your opinions can help us shape our discussions and actions.

The specific topics for discussion include:

  • National veterinary practices: Consolidation and nationalization present veterinarians with unique opportunities and challenges, and likely will have a significant impact on national, state and allied veterinary associations.
  • Delivery of care by not-for-profits: What are the opportunities and challenges presented by the delivery of subsidized veterinary care? Does this type of service impact the public perception of veterinary medicine?
  • Defining the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship: Should species, practice type, and location impact how the VCPR is defined? How does the FDA definition of VCPR impact veterinarians? The discussion will provide guidance to the AVMA Task Force on Model Veterinary Practice Act.

Your opinions matter to us, and they will guide our discussions. Let your voice be heard, and be part of the conversation. We encourage all AVMA members to take a few minutes to review all of the issues on the HOD agenda, and to contact your delegate to share your thoughts on these issues before the meeting. It’s easy to connect directly with your delegate online through our website, or you can respond to your delegate from the email that was sent to you last week.

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