must exist in order to obtain prescription medications
A valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship is one in which:
- A veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of (an) animal(s) and the need for medical treatment, and the client (the owner of the animal or animals or other caretaker) has agreed to follow the instructions of the veterinarian;
- There is sufficient knowledge of the animal(s) by the veterinarian to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal(s); and
- The practicing veterinarian is readily available for follow-up in case of adverse reactions or failure of the regimen of therapy. Such a relationship can exist only when the veterinarian has recently seen and is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the animal(s) by virtue of examination of the animal(s), and/or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where the animal(s) are kept.
How can we establish and maintain this relationship?
- As a veterinarian we need to first understand your needs, what disease or conditions are of concern and what you would like us to do for you.
- Examine your animal(s) and/or herd operation to better understand your management and needs.
- We will create written protocols and teach you about proper use, records, and what to do when treatments may not work.
- A written agreement is needed to establish the veterinarian’s and the animal owner’s/manager’s responsibilities.
- As products are used records must be kept and then reviewed by the veterinarian.
- Treatment protocols and records need to be reviewed at least annually.
Using these protocols animal owners will save time and money, improve production, know what to do for treatments, be prepared before problems arise, and increase the effectiveness of treatments used. The review process allows us to adjust protocols as needed.
Veterinar Client Patient Relationships are a nessaary part of the Beef Quality Assurace progam and to meet legal requirements for prescription use.
Make an appointment today BEFORE you need the medications!