Large Animal Care
The Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship
The VCPR ~ the veterinarian/client/patient relationship is a critical element in the care of your pet, animal, or herd.
What is the VCPR? According to Indiana law, it is defined as the following:
IC 25-38.1-1-14.5 "Veterinarian-client-patient relationship"
Sec. 14.5. "Veterinarian-client-patient relationship" means a relationship between a veterinarian and client that meets the following conditions:
(1) The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding the health of the animal and the need for medical treatment, and the client has agreed to follow the veterinarian's instructions.
(2) The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the animal to initiate a diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal. The veterinarian has recently seen and is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the animal by either of the following:
(A) An examination of the animal.
(B) By recently seeing and being personally acquainted with the keeping and care of representative animals and associated husbandry practices by making medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where the animal is kept.
(3) The veterinarian is readily available or has arranged for emergency coverage for follow-up evaluation if there is an adverse reaction or failure of the treatment regimen.
(4) When appropriate, the veterinarian has arranged for continuing care with another licensed veterinarian who has access to the animal's medical record.
As added by P.L.58-2008, SEC.14.
A VCPR must be in place for a veterinarian to be able to legally provide treatment, prescribe medications, or administer vaccines to an animal.
Swine veterinarians are critical partners in the care and treatment of swine herds. More information about swine veterinary medicine can be found at www.aasv.org!