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Lawyer and veterinarian Dr. Charlotte LaCroix shared 3 different labor law challenges veterinarians face and some helpful tips.

According to Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD, owner of Veterinary Business Advisors Inc. (VBA) in New Jersey, the past 2 years have seen myriad labor and human resource issues in veterinary medicine. In a recent interview with dvm360® at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC), Lacroix discussed 3 different drawbacks that veterinarians defy and some solutions that can help.

A major problem that LaCroix has identified is how practices have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clinics began to rethink their veterinary care and practice by offering services such as right of way, telemedicine, roadside care, and touchless payment options. While these innovations are not without some caveats, Lacroix firmly believes that these adaptations – telemedicine in particular – will remain.

“I think telemedicine will change the way we deliver our services because there simply aren’t enough vets to treat every patient,” said LaCroix. “If we can find a way to deliver or use telemedicine the way human medicine does – not to replace the VCPR [Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship]- but as an extension so that veterinarians, if they think it appropriate, can help patients until they can enter our practices. “

To learn more about the labor laws that affect veterinary teams and their clinics, watch the full video below. It’s not too late to attend our Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC) either! So register here today.