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?
To see a list of current Clinical Trials, visit http://www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current/home.html If you think your pet qualifies, please contact the person listed or you may contact the CIC members.
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).
Clinical Investigation Center
University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108