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Virtual Veterinary Care Association comes to Europe with launch session at London Vet Show

A European Affiliate (EA) of the US-based Virtual Veterinary Care Association will be hosting a community mastermind launch session at London Vet Show and is inviting stakeholders from across the veterinary sector to join the conversation

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A European Affiliate (EA) of the US-based Virtual Veterinary Care Association is being formed to drive discussion and engagement with telehealth in the European veterinary industry.

The EA will host a community mastermind launch session at London Vet Show and is inviting stakeholders from across the veterinary sector to join the conversation.

Jessica May, who is spearheading the set-up of the Virtual Veterinary Care Association-EA, said: “The veterinary telehealth conversation is evolving across the world.

“European veterinary professionals have a rich variety of experience and opinion surrounding the use of telehealth.

“There is a need to harness our collective understanding to organise and drive the conversation and provision of telehealth forward.”

The Mastermind Session, titled “Telehealth: Friend or Foe?”, will take place 9 to 10am in the Alumni and Community Zone on Thursday 17 November.

The Virtual Veterinary Care Association session is designed to be a starting point for this important conversation at the London Vet Show.

“We will be exploring telehealth past, present and future,” said Jessica. “To create a strong foundation for progress, we need to start by finding clarity and consensus of terminology, reviewing the evidence, gathering further data, and looking carefully at the pros and cons, risks and benefits.

“Whether you’re a student, veterinarian, a veterinary nurse, part of a veterinary team, or another industry stakeholder, we invite you to join this important conversation.

“Engaging stakeholders across the industry will bring broad perspectives, discussion and collaboration opportunities.”

A working group from across the profession has been formed to develop a strategy for the way forward.

The Virtual Veterinary Care Association-EA working party members include Jessica May (VVCA-EA), Liz Barton (VetCT), Pete Wedderburn (Pete the Vet), Richard Casey (WSAVA) and Wolfgang Dohne (FECAVA).

The vision is to make virtual care part of the standard of care in veterinary medicine by advocating best practices, providing educational resources and creating a space for a wide range of professionals to congregate internationally.

To register interest and receive updates from Virtual Veterinary Care Association-EA, please visit the website.

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