The Experts in Animal Health

Lately, it seems to me that the delivery of veterinary healthcare is evolving at an ever-increasing pace.  In this newsletter alone, we have news items about a telehealth provider, a mobile vet franchise, and a brick-and-mortar clinic chain that also offers telehealth and mobile services.  In contrast to these examples of expansions of traditional practice models, there are the items about the AVMA’s position on preventing efforts to broaden the scope of practice for non-DVMs, and France’s ruling against non-DVM control of veterinary practices.

When I graduated from vet school three decades ago, veterinary practice for a companion animal practitioner pretty much meant going to work at an independently owned brick-and-mortar veterinary practice, and maybe one day becoming a practice owner. While that is still the primary model, today’s graduates have many more options to choose from in crafting a career path, and that’s a good thing. However, it’s still important to make thoughtful decisions about how veterinary care can best be provided without compromising the quality of that care. While there are many parallels between human and veterinary medicine, what works for one doesn’t always make sense for the other.

Lynn Fondon

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