Is TeleMedicine Useful for Veterinary Diagnosis and Treatment?

Pet ownership is on the rise, and so is telemedicine for humans. Is telemedicine also useful for diagnosis and treatment of animals? Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks.

* This article was first published on tech4tea.com.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.
Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Pet ownership is on the rise.

With canine pets licensed in Singapore increasing by 32% in the past decade – according to the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore – and the booming pet industry in places like China and India, it is evident that pet owners form a large, and valuable, market.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.
With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

The pet-care market in Asia is valued at around US$1 billion a year, and is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

Another trend in recent years is the rise of telemedicine in the human health industry.

There has been a proliferation of apps like MaNaDr, Doctor Anywhere and MyDoc, which aim to connect patients with doctors over a digital platform and make the provision of healthcare much more convenient.

There is much potential in marrying the two thriving industries together, by making telemedicine available for veterinarians to deliver medical advice and consultations to pet-owners, through virtual means.

Manifestations of veterinary telemedicine would include platforms for pet-owners to ask vets for advice by sending photos and messages to vets on duty, or tele-consults via video calls.

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Leveraging technology to provide better healthcare

Today, we put the focus on a primary care doctor practicing in Punggol – to get a feel of what it’s like running a GP clinic in a residential neighbourhood in Singapore.

Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours
Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours

Dr. Paul Ang belongs to a new generation of young doctors establishing themselves as the community’s trusted general practitioners (GPs), providing primary care to the residents in Punggol.

Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.
Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.

As a millennial, Dr. Ang is tech savvy and fully cognizant of the importance of harnessing technology to reap improvements to traditional work processes.

Having spent the past three and a half years practicing at Zenith, the Gen-Y doctor’s greatest frustration is with the typical fluctuations of patient volumes at GP clinics.

As most practitioners or patients would have observed, a typical primary care clinic can be really crowded at times eg. on Saturdays and Mondays, and at different times of the day.

With many traditional first-come-first-serve basis, the staff has to cope with long lines of patients vying for an earlier time slot, with tempers occasionally flaring up.

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