Clinical trials help veterinarians investigate methods to improve detection and treatment of disease, as well as improve the quality of care each patient receives. It can be devastating when your pet receives a diagnosis of cancer or some other canine disease. However, participation in a clinical trial may help your dog's prognosis and will advance veterinary science, helping future generations of dogs to have better outcomes.
The requirements to participate in clinical trials vary greatly. Some offer financial compensation and others will require the dog owner to pay for the medical treatment. You and your dog will likely have to travel to the trial site multiple times, so look for trials in your geographic region.
Resources to find clinical trials near you:
If there are no clinical trials near you listed here, try our complete list of US veterinary schools. Many veterinary colleges conduct clinical trials. Contact the nearest school to see if they may be conducting a trial on your animal's ailments.
More on clinical trials from Dr. David Vail, Director of the Center for Clinical Trials and Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.