Remote prescribing by vets to continue

17 Oct 2020

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By Josh Loeb

Vets can continue prescribing prescription-only veterinary medicines (POM-Vs) remotely without first physically examining the animal – but must have arrangements in place to provide back-up care.

That was the decision of RCVS council on 8 October, following a heated debate on the issue.

Council members also voted to impose new checks and balances on an RCVS Covid-19 taskforce, a small group set up to take decisions quickly instead of waiting for committee or council decisions.

The developments followed mounting unease after temporary remote prescribing was first introduced by the Covid-19 taskforce in March. The provision was originally set to run until June, but it has been extended multiple times (see chronology, below).

Critics feared the door was being left ajar for vets to prescribe POM-Vs from afar without offering 24-hour back-up care.

Last week, the BVA also weighed in, querying why a measure brought in as...