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In order to better understand how Information and Communication Technologies are used in veterinary practice settings, 967 veterinarians were surveyed through VIN (veterinary information network). The most commonly used ICTs were the telephone and e-mail. Younger participants were more comfortable using text messaging, Skype, Facebook and blogging than older veterinarians. Most participants reported that their clinic requires a physical exam prior to electronic or phone consultations, and stated that they spent 1-5 hours per week providing these consultations, which are usually not billed to clients. Veterinarians under 39 years of age were least likely to report engaging in consultations after hours or on weekends. Veterinarians over 60 years of age were more likely to endorse the use of electronic or phone consultations for common clinical scenarios than their younger counterparts. Older veterinarians also endorsed the use of remote sensing devices to monitor patient health more frequently than their younger counterparts.
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