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A Message from the President

Dr. Kate Harnish
President,
Pennsylvania Veterinary
Medical Association

One of my favorite aspects of my job as a
veterinarian is the relationships I build and
the conversations I share with pet owners
through the human-animal bond. I consider
myself a preventative care veterinarian; there
is more value to me in preventing disease
than there is in having to treat the suffering.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit home,
we were asked to limit our exposure and
practice social distancing. Also, to postpone
routine procedures. Doing so left me feeling
"less important" in my role as a veterinarian.
The standards of care were met but the
preventative care education was lacking
and the communication we convey in our
expressions and body language was eliminated.

secondary to his underlying allergy. The owner
took great photos of his feet and also some
areas of his skin. After the consult the owner
sent me a photo of Grimm sitting on the bed
with his ears back and his head down with his
side eye. The owner says, "Now he's mad at
me!" I explained, "He would be much angrier
with me here in the hospital! Haha."

When our appointments were drastically
decreased to limit groups of people gathering
at our hospital, I missed the friendly
conversations that we would share on a daily
basis. How could I still educate and convey
the importance of preventative care without
contact? It was through telemedicine that I was
able to feel "important" again.
Clients were able to stay in the comfort of their
own homes, send me messages, pictures and
videos. I felt connected in a time of isolation.
Within 24 hours of launching our virtual care
app I had clients downloading and navigating
our app with ease, even though 70% of my
clients are over age 65!
I remember my first call. It was "Grimm," an
111 pound, intact male American Bulldog that
is never happy to come to the clinic but his
owner handles him very well. Grimm hates his
feet touched! All four of his feet were inflamed

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The consult went well. The owner came to the
office to pick up medications at our drive-thru
window. We all benefited from the experience
in the end with no contact.
Virtual care has allowed me to offer something
of value to my clients while they remain safe at
home and I get paid for my advice that I have
been giving for free for far too long!



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