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Current Clinical Trials


We have many opportunities for pet animals to participate in clinical trials. Each listing below has a quick summary plus a link to more information for each study.

Clinical Trials Seeking Participants:

Studies for Dogs  

Studies for Cats  

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Frequently Asked Questions


Clinical Trials Seeking Participants

Studies for Dogs

CategoryWhich animals is the study for?
Description of study and link to more information
Dogs with hemangiosarcoma (HSA)ON HOLD pending further funding.

Brain tumor trialsDogs with solitary brain tumors with MRI diagnosis of meningioma for a twelve month trial at the Veterinary Medical Center.  Go to Canine Brain Tumor Clinical Trials. Note: glioma trials on hold as of 6/18/14.
 Animal Cancer Care and ResearchRead about the ACCR
Emergency/Critical CareDogs in the ER or ICU which are in shockStudy to compare standard of care clinician directed therapy to goal directed therapy including tissue oxygen levels in canine patients with evidence of shock. More...
Internal MedicineWest Highland White TerriersStudy to determine the genetic basis of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in dogs, seeking West Highland White Terriers with PF and those >8 yrs old without PF. More...
 Dogs with IMHA presenting to the Veterinary Medical CenterStudy to compare low-dose aspirin to individually adjusted heparin on survival of dogs with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA).  More...
 Min. Schnauzers, Bichons, Yorkshire Terriers, Min. Poodles, Shih TzusStudy to determine the genetic basis of calcium oxalate stones in high-risk breeds.  More...
Orthopedics / SurgeryDogs with osteoarthritis in shoulder, elbow, hip or stifle28-day study of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for the treatment of pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis. More... 
 Dogs with arthritis in a joint90-day study of an oral nutraceutical vs Dasuquin vs placebo. More...
 Dogs having TPLO surgery on one kneePost-operative pain study of gabapentin vs standard of care. More...
Preventative MedicineHealthy dogs that have not received a kennel cough vaccine within the last six monthsDetermine​ whether vaccinating a dog with kennel cough will cause ​the dog to have a ​false​ly​ positive response ​on blood samples tested with therapid slide agglutination test. More...
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Studies for Cats 

Oncology Cats with oral squamous cell carcinoma Gene therapy treatment in a new delivery agent, nanocapsules, given IV in the clinic. More...


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical trial (also called clinical study)?
A clinical trial is research which tries to answer specific questions about medications, vaccines, or new therapies. Clinical trials (also called medical research and research studies) are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work.

How do I get my pet into a clinical trial?
Above you can see a list of the clinical trials that are currently enrolling participants. If you think your pet qualifies, please contact the person listed or you may contact us at the CIC.

How do I know that clinical trials are safe?
There is some risk with any clinical trial, just as there is with many medical procedures.  However, all clinical trials have been reviewed by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before they can begin.  Informed owner consent is always a part of the study, which means that you are given all the information up front and must agree in writing before your pet can enter the study. To learn more about our IACUC process, see their website.

What if I don't see a clinical trial that is about my pet's disease or condition?  Is there other research that my pet can participate in?
Clinical trials are for a specific purpose.  If there is not something currently underway for which your pet qualifies, you may want to check back.  New studies start frequently.  If you are interested in having your pet seen at the Veterinary Medical Center, please contact the hospital directly, at 612-626-VETS (8387).

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