Much of the clinical research conducted by faculty members in the Department of Clinical Sciences is accomplished through clinical studies. Clinical studies are research efforts in which veterinarians explore the value of promising new tests or treatments in a series of patients. In many cases, the tests or treatments can be provided at a reduced cost or no cost. Clients who enter their pets in studies often obtain access to a potentially beneficial test or treatment that might not otherwise be available, and the results of studies always benefit future animals suffering from the same condition. Some studies are randomized, meaning that some of the animals in the trial receive the new treatment, and others do not, and that this decision is made randomly. Participation in clinical studies is always completely voluntary, and owners are fully informed in writing about the purposes of the trial and any potential side effects that could result from the test or treatment being investigated.
Detailed information regarding the department’s current clinical studies can be found on the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center Clinical Studies page.