Clinical Trials

The medical and surgical diagnostic tests and treatments of animals are similar to those in human medicine. In order to advance knowledge, researchers and clinicians at the College of Veterinary Medicine perform studies that investigate new diagnostics and treatments. These discoveries can often be applied to medicine across all species.

Most clinical trials are based on preliminary laboratory research data that indicate that the new approach is better than what is already available. Benefits to patients in clinical trials include the potential for life-saving therapy when other treatments have failed, lower-cost treatment or diagnostic options, and the advancement of knowledge that will help future patients. Clinical trials are only performed with informed owner consent. The benefits, risks, and requirements of enrolling in a specific clinical trial is discussed with every client to determine whether participation is the right choice for that patient.

Clinical trials are through one of the Teaching Hospital’s specialty services, typically the Oncology Service, in conjunction with research faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Ongoing Clinical Trials

Cannabidiol (CBD) Pain Treatment in Dogs with Osteoarthritis

Legalization of industrial hemp has led to dietary supplements containing cannabidiol (CBD) for animals. Among the indications of CBD is pain. Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common causes of pain in dogs. The goal of this study is to determine if a CBD containing dietary supplement is an effective and safe treatment for pain associated with OA in dogs. Dogs will be treated for 6 weeks and response to the treatment will be measured prior to, in the middle and at the end of the 6 week period.