Republican lawmakers have filed proposals that would allow veterinarians to use telehealth to treat animals.
Sen. Jennifer Bradley, R-Fleming Island, filed the Senate version of the proposal (SB 1040) on Wednesday, after Rep. Sam Killebrew, R-Winter Haven, and Rep. James Buchanan, R-Osprey, introduced an identical bill (HB 849) Previous Week.
The proposals have been tabled for consideration during the 2024 legislative session, which begins on January 9.
In recent years, doctors have increasingly used telehealth to treat human patients. The new bills would extend a similar practice to pets.
The veterinary bills are called the “Providing Equity in Telehealth Services Act” and set guidelines for veterinarians.
For example, a veterinarian practicing telehealth would not need to research a pet’s medical history or perform a physical exam to provide care.