The veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) is the foundation of effective veterinary medicine and animal care. The relationship is focused on the well-being of the animal, or group of animals, with each of the parties sharing responsibilities and enjoying benefits.
Effective communication is a central aspect of the successful delivery of veterinary medicine. A veterinarian needs to have sufficient and recent knowledge of the animal(s) to provide diagnosis, medications and treatment plans. The veterinarian present options, the course and cost of treatment, and the expectations for outcome to help ensure a client fully understands the issues and accepts the advice you provide. As a responsible animal owner, a client has peace of mind when they have confidence in their veterinarian’s advice and recommendations.