What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are research efforts in which veterinarians investigate the value of promising new tests or treatments in a series of patients. These studies help doctors in the medical and veterinary fields investigate methods to improve detection and treatment of various disease conditions. In many cases, the tests or treatments offered through clinical trials can be provided at a reduced cost, or no cost. Entering your animal in a trial gives your animal access to a potentially beneficial test or treatment that might not otherwise be available. The results of trials can benefit future animals that develop the same disease condition as your animal.

If the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is conducting a clinical trial appropriate for your animal, we will thoroughly discuss the trial with you, and you may elect to enter your animal in the trial if you want to—participation in trials is completely voluntary. If you do decide to enter your animal in a clinical trial, you will be asked to review and sign a consent form that fully describes the trial and any possible side effects that could result from the test or treatment.