Virtual care and telehealth
Welcome to the real world of virtual care.
Virtual care is one of the greatest opportunities—and challenges—facing medicine in this digital age. Using telemedicine in the delivery of veterinary medical services offers benefits for clients, patients, and the profession. However, those veterinary services must be provided with professionalism and adhere to a high standard of quality, whether delivered in person or through electronic means.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) are committed to the adoption of virtual care in the veterinary profession and to ensuring access to the convenience and benefits afforded by telemedicine while promoting the responsible provision of high-quality veterinary medical care.
This booklet outlines the case for virtual care in the veterinary profession and answers your questions about how to turn your hospital into a digitally connected practice. It addresses questions such as these: What exactly is virtual care? How does it relate to telehealth? Where does telemedicine fit in, and what’s the difference? Most important, what do you need to know to get started?