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Audio Interview: Establishing a Valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship

June 11, 2018

By December 1, 2018, Health Canada will require that all antimicrobials used in animals will be under the oversight of a registered veterinarian and will require a prescription. Read more.

A prescription is a direction issued by a registered veterinarian that an animal or group of animals be treated with a specified drug at a specified dose for a specified period of time for treatment of a specified condition. In order to issue a prescription, a veterinarian must document that a valid veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) exists.

What does establishing a valid VCPR mean? The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) interviewed Dr. Duane Landals and Dr. Phil Buote, members of the CVMA’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group, to better understand how to establish a valid VCPR.

Take a listen here (in English only)

If you wish for a French transcript, contact the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

For more information, visit the Establishing a Valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship section under Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada on the CVMA website.


Dr. Duane Landals has over 25 years of experience as a clinical, mixed-animal practitioner, and owned and managed a large veterinary practice for 35 years in Alberta. He was the President of both the Alberta and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and was Vice President of the World Veterinary Association for two terms. He currently is a member of the CVMA’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group.

Dr. Phil Buote began clinical practice in Alberta as a mixed animal practitioner and eventually purchased and managed the Cochrane Animal Clinic. He switched careers in 2010 when he joined the Alberta Canadian Veterinary Medical Association as the Complaints Director. He was appointed as the Deputy Registrar in 2103. Dr. Buote is a member of the CVMA’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group and regularly attends Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrar (CCVR) meetings.