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UK vets temporarily permitted to remotely prescribe medicines

Christian Fernsby |
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council made the unprecedented decision in light of the UK Government’s current guidance to limit non-essential contact with others.

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Topics: VET    UK   

UK vets have been temporarily granted permission to remotely prescribe veterinary medicine in a bid to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Under normal circumstances, the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons does not allow veterinary surgeons to prescribe veterinary medicines (POM-Vs) without physically examing the animal first.

However, RCVS Council has decided that there should be a temporary departure from this position under the current exceptional circumstances.

This position will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis and, in any event, no later than June 30, 2020.

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