What does VVS offer?
At VVS we recognise that vets face the ongoing challenge of maintaining an enormous breadth of knowledge and skills across all areas, within the constraints of increasingly busy practices. Coupled with the increased demand for more advanced veterinary care and high client expectations. VVS helps to empower and support vets to diagnose and manage complex cases in practice.
How does VVS work?
The VVS platform uses patented technology to enable a highly interactive, live, virtual consultation between vet and specialist.
Live high-definition ultrasonography images are sent across the VVS platform, enabling the specialist to observe and guide your ultrasound examination in real-time, to provide on-the-spot interpretation, as well as practical supportive guidance on how to obtain diagnostic ultrasound images and on suitable case management.
The VVS software integrates seamlessly with diagnostic equipment such as digital stethoscope and digital ECG, allowing diagnostic information to be shared easily in real-time from your practice directly to the specialist. High resolution cameras share live images of the patient during the examination. All of this means the specialist can see your patient in high resolution, hear your patient’s heart and lung sounds through digital auscultation and see their real-time ECG.
VVS enables your patients to have the benefits of a specialist work-up from the comfort of your own practice.
What are the benefits of working with VVS?
Many complex clinical cases can be managed successfully in first opinion clinical practice with the support and guidance of a VVS specialist.
Working with VVS improves patient outcomes. VVS allows patients to be seen in a shorter time-frame, avoiding long waits to be seen at referral centres. VVS also offers specialist input to cases which otherwise may not have accessed external referral. All in a familiar environment, minimising any additional stress and travel for the patient, and improving convenience for your client.
Working with VVS also provides the associated benefits of retained practice revenue, improved case follow-up and unique ‘hands-on’ learning opportunities, not typically associated with external referral.
How do I refer a case to VVS?
You can submit a case for referral by completing our online referral form www.vvs.vet/refer-a-case/ or alternatively you can email the VVS team at [email protected] to discuss referral further.
Who has the primary care responsibility for the patient?
The primary case responsibility remains with the referring clinician.
The patient remains under the primary clinician’s care, they are the treating clinician and are themselves performing the live guided diagnostics under the virtual support and guidance of the VVS specialist.
Will I earn certificated CPD?
Our live-guided procedures and our specialist advice calls are both recognised as continuous professional development. The mentorship and clinical support offered by the VVS specialists team during these real case discussions are a valuable and practical way of developing your clinical expertise and knowledge. We supply CPD certificates to the case vet for all of our live-guided procedures and our specialist advice calls following the interaction.
Should I charge the costs of your service to the owner?
The VVS service provides specialists case support and guidance. The cost of these services are intended to be passed on to the owner of the patient, as their pet will benefit from the involvement of the VVS specialist in their case.