COVID-19 FAQs: Telemedicine

COVID-19 FAQs: Telemedicine

Updated 4/30/21

Get the latest information on telemedicine and how it can help you and your patients during COVID-19.

  • What are the Colorado requirements currently for telemedicine during COVID-19?
    • C.R.S. § 12-315-104(19)(b) requires a VCPR be established by physically seeing and examining an animal. During the height of the pandemic, there was an executive order suspending the requirement for an in-person VCPR — this order expired April 26, 2021 and was not renewed. This means that veterinarians must establish a VCPR in person prior to utilizing any telehealth technologies.
  • What are the state requirements regarding telemedicine?
    • The use of telehealth technologies to practice veterinary medicine is the practice of veterinary medicine, and requires a Colorado license to practice. In Colorado, a veterinarian must generally examine an animal in person to establish a VCPR prior to conducting telemedicine.
  • What do Colorado’s pharmacy laws require?
    • According to DORA, Colorado Law (section 18-18-414(2)(a), C.R.S.) mandates, in summary, the following:
      • A pharmacist may dispense no greater than a 72-hour supply of a schedule II controlled substance to a patient in an emergency situation pursuant to a telephonic order from a prescriber.
      • The corresponding prescriber must then reduce the order to writing or electronic (electronic prescribing) format and shall deliver the order to the dispensing pharmacy by either electronic (electronic prescribing), facsimile, or mail (or have postmarked for mail delivery) within 72 hours of issuing the emergency telephonic order.
  • How does the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine define telehealth?
    • “Telehealth” means a mode of delivery of veterinary medicine through telecommunications systems including but not limited to, video and digital technologies used to facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, or care management of an animal’s medical care while the client/patient is located at an originating site and the provider is located at a distant site. The term includes synchronous interactions and store-and-forward transfers. Read more in the Veterinary Policies and Guidelines (scroll to page 22).


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