May 28, 2910

Participants sought for veterinary clinical trials

Purdue's Veterinary Clinical Trials group is seeking participants to take part in research studies that test the safety and/or effectiveness of new health care approaches in animals. A list of current veterinary clinical trials is available here.

Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat a disease. Veterinary clinical trials may compare a new treatment with a treatment that is already available. In addition, veterinary clinical trials allow evaluation of new health care approaches involving naturally occurring diseases in animals that often correlate to human disease, potentially benefitting both animals and humans.

Every veterinary clinical trial has a protocol for conducting the trial. The protocol describes what will be done in the study, how it will be conducted, and why each part of the study is necessary. Each study has its own rules about who can take part. Some studies need healthy animals or only animals with a certain disease. Other studies are focused on a specific breed or sex.

All veterinary clinical trials are approved and monitored by two independent committees of veterinarians, researchers, statisticians and members of the community. Among the committees' tasks is to make sure that the risks are minimized and are worth the potential benefits.

The Veterinary Clinical Trials group helps researchers conduct veterinary clinical trials in the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Veterinary Clinical Trials group is a division of the Center for Comparative Translational Research at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.

For more information regarding clinical trials or specific studies, call 765-496-9715 or email

Current clinical trial: Recruiting 1.5- to 7-year-old dogs for a behavior study

Researchers are looking for dogs to participate in a behavior study on the effect of gabapentin on psychological stress in dogs visiting a veterinary clinic. Each dog will function as his own control, which means that all dogs that fit the eligibility criteria are welcome to participate and not only stressed dogs. Dogs that weigh 33 to 55 pounds, are 1.5 to 7 years old and have not received any medication in the past two months (other than anti-parasitic medications) are eligible for the study. Dogs participating in the study will receive complimentary bloodwork (CBC and chemistry panel). For more information, email

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