Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship

The veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) is the essential basis for interaction among veterinarians, their clients and patients, and is critical to providing quality veterinary care. Oromocto Veterinary Hospital is an accredited member of AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association. We follow the AAHA guidelines with respect to maintaining the VCPR.

AAHA defines VCPR as requiring all of the following:

  1. The veterinarian has assumed responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the patient and the need for medical treatment and the client (owner or caretaker) has agreed to comply with the veterinarian’s instructions
  2. The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the patient to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of its medical condition. This means the veterinarian has examined the patient within the past twelve months or more recently as dictated by the age or medical condition of the patient
  3. The veterinarian is available for ongoing care of the patient or has arranged for emergency coverage or continuing care and treatment of the animal by an appropriate veterinary professional
  4. The veterinarian maintains complete and legible medical records including assessment and treatment plan in such a way that another veterinarian will be able to proceed with the continuity of care and treatment of that patient

The VCPR is best maintained through regular examinations of your pet. This allows us to determine, for example, whether or not it is safe/advisable for your pet to have prescriptions refilled.