Telemedicine in Essential Veterinary Practice – And Beyond…
Recorded: June 1, 2020
Dr. Leann Benedetti
DVM, ACC, ATC, BSc
The Veterinary Coach
Dr. Leann Benedetti has been practicing Veterinary Medicine for 24 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Toxicology in 1992, and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1996. Her career started in mixed animal practice, then focused on small animal medicine and surgery with special interests in dermatology, dentistry, and internal medicine. In 2004, she started Georgian Bay Mobile Veterinary Services, one of the first mobile veterinary practices in Ontario. In 2010, together with her husband and her team, she designed and built Georgian Bay Veterinary Hospital and Mobile Services to complete the ‘package’ of veterinary services she could offer to her patients and clients. The last 16 years has been dedicated to building her practice into what it is today.
While still in practice, her last five years included becoming a Trained, Certified, Credentialed Professional Coach. This Journey provided her new perspectives and resources that are highly relevant to helping veterinary professionals deal with the many difficult and challenging issues we face.
Her Overarching Objective is Increasing Resilience, Fulfilment, Overall Happiness & Well-Being for both individuals and our entire Veterinary Community. She believes that a ‘Wholistic’ approach to our Personal and Professional lives is the key.
All of the above experience and knowledge has culminated in the creation of ‘The Veterinary Coach’ – Coaching Veterinary Professionals for ‘Wholeness’.
Telemedicine made a giant leap forward into many veterinary practices with the arrival of COVID-19! There are pros, cons and some common pitfalls that we might fall into-not that much different than normal practice AND complicated by not having our patient’s in front of us!
This Discussion will highlight practical and medical concepts related to providing Telemedicine, working with the guidelines and regulations currently in place in Ontario, Canada. Setting client and team expectations around what Telemedicine looks like now, and what it will look like in the future of your practice will also be important.
We will also look at medical decision making, and the associated risks and benefits from a practical perspective. When is telemedicine appropriate-and when is it not?