Veterinary Clinical Trials Home

Veterinary clinical trials are research studies that test the safety and/or effectiveness of new healthcare approaches in animals. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat a disease. Veterinary clinical trials may also compare a new treatment to a treatment that is already available. In addition, veterinary clinical trials allow evaluation of new health care approaches in a spontaneous animal model of human disease, thereby bridging the gap between rodent models and human clinical trials. Thus, veterinary clinical trials may benefit 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. They make sure that the risks are small 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.

Current Clinical Trials

Current Canine Trials

Current Feline Trials

Current Equine Trials

Trial Participation

If you believe your pet is eligible for a specific study, we recommend that you contact your veterinarian and request a referral. However a referral is not required to participate in a clinical trial.

To make an appointment at the Small Animal Hospital please call (765) 494-1107.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information regarding a clinical trial, please contact us at:

Phone: (765) 496-9715
Fax: (765) 496-1108


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