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Telemedicine is no substitute for a physical exam, veterinarian argues

Veterinarian Daniel Randall reinforces the AVMA Practice Advisory Panel's recommendation that telemedicine can augment veterinary medicine but should be applied only within the context of a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship. Dr. Randall explains that although telemedicine is gaining ground in human medicine, dealing with animals is different in important ways, and the information gained from a hands-on physical exam cannot be replicated through a digital interface or by listening to the owner's observations.

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