'Temporary remote prescribing should end

17 Oct 2020

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By Josh Loeb

The RCVS should end temporary remote prescribing, the BVA has said.

James Russell, the BVA’s president, said the association could not see any reason why now a new client would be unable to access in-person veterinary care in the first instance.

The association is therefore asking RCVS council to reconsider the temporary measure, which was first brought in because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The RCVS gave the green light in March for vets to prescribe prescription-only veterinary medicines (POM-Vs) remotely without first having physically examined the animal. In June this emergency measure was extended for a further eight weeks. It was then extended a second time at the end of July.

On 30 September the RCVS wrote to all vets and vet nurses to extend the period for a third time, until the end of October, but with the additional requirement for the prescribing vet to...