The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has published the recording of its recent webinar about the new, forthcoming ‘under care’ guidance in which senior officers and staff from the College explained the new guidance, what it will mean for the professions, and answered questions submitted by delegates.
The webinar was chaired by RCVS President Dr Melissa Donald MRCVS with a panel comprising Standards Committee Chair Linda Belton MRCVS, RCVS Registrar Eleanor Ferguson, and RCVS Head of Standards Gemma Kingswell and took place on the evening of Thursday 15 June. The content of the webinar included: an overview of the key changes; the considerations to take into account when prescribing POM-Vs remotely; the circumstances under which POM-Vs cannot be prescribed remotely; the prescription of antibiotics, antifungals, antiparasitics and antivirals; and how the guidance will be enforced.
Eleanor Ferguson, RCVS Registrar, commented: “Thank you to all those members of the professions who took part in this very well-attended event in order to find out more about the new under care guidance and its implications in terms of the remote prescribing of POM-Vs ahead of its implementation from 1 September this year.
“We have also now published a range of practice-based scenarios to help explain how the new guidance should be followed in various circumstances, and in relation to different species. These scenarios cover a variety of different situations, including how the guidance applies to two or more practices with mutual clients, consultancy services and the prescription of long-term controlled drugs.”
The webinar recording and scenarios are available to view at the dedicated under care guidance webpage at www.rcvs.org.uk/undercare, where the advice can also be read in full prior to its implementation.
A second webinar date has now also been confirmed for the evening of Monday 17 July with priority for attendance being given to those who wished to attend the June webinar but were not able to do so because it was over-subscribed. Further details on registering for the event will be published shortly on the under care webpage.