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Virginia ophthalmology practice embraces telemedicine

Animal Vision Center uses the TeleVet app to communicate with pet owners and other veterinarians.

Virginia ophthalmology practice embraces telemedicine

A Virginia veterinary ophthalmology practice is diving into telemedicine by offering real-time consultations with clients and referring veterinarians.

Animal Vision Center of Virginia, located in Virginia Beach, reported that it is the first veterinary ophthalmology clinic in the state to use the TeleVet mobile app. Consultations with pet owners require the establishment of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

Telemedicine consultations allow us to bring our practice to our clients for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in real time when they are unable to bring their pets to us,” said practice owner Heather Brookshire, DVM, DACVO. “It’s convenient for our referring veterinarians when they need help with an urgent case or a second opinion.”

One of her recent telemedicine cases involved a Yorkie patient from North Carolina’s Outer Banks — two hours away — who was diagnosed with chronic dry eye.

“By viewing images that the owner sent in advance, and communicating with her remotely, Brookshire provided an assessment, adjusted the follow-up care and submitted a new prescription order the same day,” Animal Vision Center reported.

Dr. Brookshire also consults with out-of-state veterinarians.

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