Virtual Vet Visits: Are They As Effective As In-Person Examinations?

EquiVet Care Team

Improve Your Pet Care With Virtual Vet Visits

The current pandemic situation has served to push telemedicine into greater use with surprising results. The acceptance level of veterinary professionals is high, and the results increasingly positive. Virtual veterinary care can improve the level of pet care with increased post-in-person visits and easy access to medical advice.

A Regulated and Approved Service

Virtual examinations aren't a knee-jerk response to a national emergency. They are a well-thought-out improvement to veterinary care that has the full approval of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.[1] While the pandemic may have pushed this process to the forefront, virtual care existed long before the coronavirus.[2]

A Complementary Service

Virtual visits are not meant to replace in-office care but rather to complement those visits with a more thorough follow-up process. You may be too busy to take your pet to the vet for a minor issue, but a virtual session can help the vet determine if you need to bring your pet in for further care. This ability to engage in a virtual visit can increase aftercare interaction dramatically and improve your pet's overall health.

How It Works

Virtual veterinary visits take several forms from simple texts and email to voice calls and video conferencing. You and your pet's doctor decide which form is most appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Though not all issues should be handled remotely, there are quite a number of things you can do virtually. Use EquiVet Care's services for things like:

  • General advice
  • Post-surgical care
  • Maintenance prescriptions
  • Follow-up care
  • Supervising care
  • Specialist consults
  • After-hours contact

Benefits of Virtual Visits

Virtual examinations increase the potential for steady patient contact through convenience on your side and improved time management for the veterinary staff. These encourage a more productive relationship between yourself and your veterinarian through more frequent contact. These visits build trust and increase awareness, which makes dealing with complicated care advice easier to achieve.

Flexibility to Fit Your Life

There are some groups most likely to prefer virtual examinations. Most members of the millennial generation are too busy for in-person visits. They are, however, especially equipped to accept virtual visits as much of their interaction with the world is virtual in nature already.

Those who have trouble physically attending a vet office due to infirmity or age, and may skip veterinary care completely as a result, would find virtual services an ideal answer. You may experience a learning curve to use these services, but the convenience will soon win you over as your pets gain much-needed care that might otherwise never occur.

Finally, those whose pets are recovering from a surgical procedure will also become willing partners in the virtual process. You will appreciate the sense of increased care combined with the ability to allow your companion to rest rather than having to bundle them into a cage or a car and make them travel in a state of fear or excitement.

Virtual vet visits can make your own life simpler and increase your pet's wellness from the increased care they are able to receive. If you would like to learn more about virtual vet visits, contact us at EquiVet Care to find a participating veterinarian near you.

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