Clinical trials are research studies where patients volunteer to test new drugs or devices for effectiveness and safety. If your pet meets the requirements for a clinical trial, you can choose for your pet to participate. While doctors don’t know how trials will turn out, new treatments can be discovered through clinical trials, and your pet could be one of the first to receive them through these studies.
A relatively new field of study that is helping pets is Comparative Oncology. This the study of cancer that naturally occurs in pets; scientists use the information from this research to try to find treatments that work for humans as well as animals. Comparative Oncology also conducts clinical trials.
Links to find clinical trials:
VetCancerTrials.org – a searchable database of clinical trials for pet cancer
National Cancer Institute – Center for Cancer Research – links to Comparative Oncology clinical trials
Veterinary Medical Centers with Clinical Trials:
University of Georgia
University of Missouri
Veterinary Cancer Care
NC State University – College of Veterinary Medicine
Animal Medical Center of New York
University of Pennsylvania
University of Tennessee
University of Wisconsin-Madison