As a practicing veterinarian, I am pulled in so many directions during any given part of the day. However, I always make time to provide my clients with all the information they need to understand the development of the disease they are facing with their pet and most importantly, how to effectively treat it. I know that I need to be able to have easy access to the latest possible information regarding the safe use of medications for my patients. There are so many new, human drugs continually being used for treatment of veterinary patients, that it is impossible to maintain all that information.
I created VPR for those reasons. The purpose is to give practitioners easy access to pertinent, current information about all medications used in veterinary patients, a way to check for drug interactions, make drug calculations, and the ability to provide the pet owner with a client information sheet that helps them understand how to use the medication.
Let's face it, our clients are getting a lot of information in that appointment; they may have children with them, cell phones ringing, their pet that they are trying to comfort. Then they are bombarded with lots of new words and phrases, making instructions seemingly difficult to retain. Particularly, when it comes to prescriptions and directions for use, we need to assure that the pet owner understands all the risks and potential side effects so we can feel confident about their informed consent for the use of medications. The last thing we want is for their pet, our patient, to have a side effect from the use of our prescribed medication. However, if it happens, we want them to have been informed about that possibility from us and not from searching online. Human pharmacies provide that for human patients and I believe it is just as important to provide for our veterinary patients.