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Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship

The veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) happens when your veterinarian knows your pet well enough to be able to diagnose and treat any medical condition your animal develops. Your role in the VCPR is to allow your veterinarian to take responsibility for making clinical judgments about your pet’s health, to ask questions making sure you understand the circumstances, and to follow the care instructions your veterinarian gives you. Your veterinarian’s role is to make clinical judgments, accept responsibility for providing your pet with medical care, advising you about the benefits and risks of different treatment options, keeping a medical record of your pet’s medical care, and helping you understand how to get emergency care for your pet, should the need arise.