June 4, 2020 – CA Telemedicine Victory as DCA Waives Restrictions – 

California veterinarians now have another tool available to them to help keep pets and people healthy. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) temporarily waived certain restrictions on the use of telemedicine for pets in California and extended the time to refill prescriptions, effective June 4, 2020. In short:

Read the waivers here and additional guidance here.

DCA has the sole authority to extend these waivers during the declaration of emergency, in accordance with its standard 60-day review cycle.

Shelter PALS worked hard alongside other advocates for these changes because they will protect human and animal lives. Thank you to everyone who joined us in speaking up about the importance of veterinary telemedicine and securing this important victory for pets and people.