Veterinary Client/Patient Relationship

The veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) is the basis for interaction among veterinarians, their clients and their patients. Prescribing a prescription product requires a VCPR. Without a VCPR, a veterinarian’s merchandising or use of veterinary prescription drugs or their extra-label use of any pharmaceutical is unethical and is illegal under federal law.

A VCPR means that all of the following are required:

Source: Bourque, T. and Horney, B. July 2016. Principles of the Veterinary Medical Ethics of the CVMA.